Thursday, May 27, 2004

Brother's Keeper, Part I

More good sense from Sebastian Holsclaw

I believe one of the major failings in Western society is a failure to police your own. If KKK members weren't protected by their towns this world would have been a better place. If pro-life groups policed their own we wouldn't have abortion clinic bombings screwing up the debate. If Muslim groups policed their own mosques it would be much harder for terrorists to get support.
I only take exception to the use of the word "Western," though I concede that the failure to police one's own is more harmful in societies (such as the West) where adherence to a universal rule of law is expected to supersede tribalism.

Tribal loyalty is nonetheless universal and, though Sebastian might dispute this characterization, the most conservative of values.

O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, bearers of witness for Allah's sake, even if it be against yourselves or your parents or your kin.
- Qur'an 4:135

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
- Matthew 10:35-36

Man, why you got to say that? It ain't us, it's the media. The media has distorted our image to make us look bad.
- Chris Rock, Bring the Pain

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