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woohooligan Jul 2, 2015
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While we've all heard "love thy neighbor", I suspect most Americans don't realize that the Christian bible actually does say "love your enemies" in both Luke and Matthew:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
While I can see how you might say this is an ideal worth striving toward, I'm not sure how practical it is.

The passage implies that since God sends sun and rain for both the righteous and the wicked, we as individuals should also treat everyone with the same care and compassion. On the one hand, whoever wrote this passage of the bible beat Immanuel Kant to his "categorical imperative", but on the other hand, most people kant entirely agree with Kant either.



Even when dealing with normal people who aren't princes of hell but perhaps are creepy "pick up artists" like Asmodeus, I think most of us would find that commandment rather challenging to follow. I think most of us end up being like Amy here. I certainly can think of a few people I've had difficulty facing at the office, much less being nice too. And in the end, if we showered everyone with rainbows and rose-petals, whether they were our family or random axe-murderers, what would that really accomplish anyway?

To be fair to our hypothetical god character in this story, however, here we see that he's taken a hard-line against violence, so while his rules about sex and bacon probably seem awful, can he be all bad if he insists on peace?

You might say "oh, but it was self-defense!" While Mody is a creep, he's no rapist. The things he says and does make women uncomfortable, yes, because he's only really concerned with his own sexual self-gratification, but he's not violent - that's Satan. But Amy doesn't really know that now does she? I think she'd have a strong case for use of the Stand Your Ground law -- probably the same law that South Carolina hotelier is hoping to use if he ends up pulling that trigger. Though he really doesn't want to do that either -- as I said, he's just terrified. Why did I pick South Carolina? Oh, I don't know... I guess it was random.

Anywhoooo... I don't guess the Samaritan/Muslim analogy is the most popular thing, but you know what? If people have a problem with it they can bite me. Real Samaritans have been all but wiped out over the years, leaving us with little context, although ironically that was done largely at the hands of various Muslim leaders. The point is, the fable is dated and it's about time for an update, like how West Side Story was an update of Romeo and Juliet, or how you can't possibly still be using that prehistoric smartphone you bought just last year. In the wake of 9/11 and with the recent rise of ISIS, I think Islamophobia is a good fit.

This page is more for me than for the readers anyway... not because of the Samaritans... I just wanted to show Asmodeus icing his balls with a bag of frozen peas. ;)

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