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[NB: I know that I'm responding quite late to the news of the virus that infected the Predator drone command-and-control center.  I couldn't formulate a coherent response at that time.  A recent discussion with a friend of mine brought this issue to the fore.]

You call yourself pilots

Pilots risk their lives to carry out their missions

You sit in front of your video screens in air-conditioned comfort

You call yourself soldiers

Soldiers look human beings in the eyes before shooting them

Soldiers know that they might shoot first

Soldiers lay their lives on the line

You tell jokes, eat sandwiches, surf the net

You wank your joysticks

And half a world away, innocent people die

War is just a video game to you

Only cowards fight push-button wars

Only cowards inject lethal chemicals into an innocent man's veins without even looking at him

Only cowards order an innocent man's death because they can't admit they were wrong

Push a button and a dozen Afghanis die

Push a button and an innocent man dies

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May the souls of those killed by our drones and our wars for oil, rest in peace.

May the souls of Troy Davis, Manuel Valle, and all other people murdered by the state, rest in peace.
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I'm a moderately devout Christian. And I agree with the American Atheists that the WTC cross has no place at the memorial.

We should not be privileging Christianity, or any particular religion, in public discourse. We should not be privileging theism over atheism and agnosticism.

I practice my religion in private, at home and in my church. I don't ram it down people's throats. Crosses belong in churches, not in the public square.

The United States is explicitly a secular nation. We must keep it that way, so that all people are free to practice their particular beliefs (theistic or not) as befits them.

Turning the US into a so-called "Christian" nation will grievously harm *all* belief / non-belief. If the Christianists think they are somehow "saving" this country or Christianity by trying to impose their extremist theocratic views on us, they had better think again, because what are they doing but seeking to impose "sharia"* with a cross stamped on it? If they get their way, will they dictate their particular brand of Christianism on my church? If they do, they will lose me, for I will not bow down to their theocracy and will very willingly become unchurched.

Having symbols of other religions and of atheism at the memorial will be better than the current situation. But rather than getting into squabbles about "your symbol is bigger than mine, so I'm SUING!!!111!!!!elevensies!", better that there should not be religious symbols at the memorial. We should be honoring the memories of all people that died – atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, people of other faiths and beliefs – and not just Christians.

* "sharia" in quotes, because the Christianists have absolutely no understanding of sharia.

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So, a terrorist blows up a bomb in Oslo, Norway, and then slaughters more than 80 people, most of them teens, at a summer camp on the island of Utøya.

A police official had this to say:

"It seems it's not Islamic-terror related," the official said. "This seems like a madman's work."

So, the guy is a member of a Christian ultra-right group, and he's a "madman". If he were a Muslim, he'd be labelled a terrorist. But because he's Christian, he's not a terrorist, and his actions are referred to as killings, not as terrorism.

Gotcha. Because Christians, Jews, and atheists can never be terrorists. Christians can slaughter over 90 people in Norway, over 300 people in the Oklahoma City, US, or shoot a Congresswoman and kill bystanders in Arizona; Jews can enter mosques and massacre people who are praying there during Ramadan, and these are considered isolated acts of violence by "madmen", "person with a grudge", "psychopaths", etc. But not terrorism. Oh, no. Not ever. Because only Muslims engage in terrorism, right?

Fucking HELL no. Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism. It doesn't matter if it's carried out Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, atheists. The people who commit these acts are terrorists, period.

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