On 3 June 2011 20:42, tedd <tedd.sperl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> At 4:23 PM +0200 6/3/11, Peter Lind wrote:
>> On Jun 3, 2011 3:48 PM, "tedd"
>> <<mailto:tedd.sperl...@gmail.com>tedd.sperl...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>  >>    That's correct.  If it causes too much userland confusion, we can
>>  >> alias it as detonate() as well.
>>  > Yes, to be preceded with:
>>  > echo('Alaho Akbar');
>>  >
>> Nice ... any idea how many people you just insulted there?
> Nope, and I don't think you do either.
> Instead, I think you saw an opportunity to be "politically correct" and rise
> to the occasion in righteous indignation.

I think you'll do anything to avoid facing the fact that you might
indeed have done some morally wrong. Or maybe I don't. It doesn't
matter - the question is whether or not you actually insulted a large
group of people by suggesting that detonate() should be prefixed with
echo "Alaho akbar";

> That's Okay, but the problem with "politically correctness" is that it often
> suppresses the truth in favor of meaningless sensitivity.

We agree here, but unfortunately for you that's not the point being discussed.

> Unfortunately, the inconvenient truth is that phrase *IS* being spoken
> before killing innocent men, women, and children supposedly in the name of
> God. If anyone should be insulted, it should be those families who's that
> practice has killed, maimed, and injured -- as well -- as the followers of
> that religion who allow such practices to continue.

Do you feel better knowing you may have insulted even more people?
Does that thought even occur to you?

> My stupid little joke has no meaning in the overall scheme of things as does
> your righteous indignation -- so, with all due respect, blow it out your
> shorts. :-)

No, see, there's the problem. Your stupid little joke just makes it a
little bit harder to actually cross the gap between the different
cultures. And while that may be fine for you, I'd prefer actually
being able to speak to people from other cultures about the problems
we face. Having someone suggest that bombs go "Alaho akbar" before
they detonate don't help in any way, as that just promotes two
stereotypes: that suicide bombers are muslims, and that westerners are
stupid jerks that think all muslims are terrorists.

Anyway, I won't bother you with my "political correctness" any more -
the list has reached a too high noise-and-bs-to-signal ratio for me.


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