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Monk attacked / KVAL-TVI’ve mentioned before that the Great Neocrusade has become violent. It became apparent in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino Islamist terror attacks, but it’s continued since then.

The latest example of the violent Neocrusade is yet another case of “mistaken identity.” As KVAL-TV reports, a Buddhist monk was attacked by an enraged, sanctimonious anti-Muslim crusader (WebCite cached article):

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk and co-founder of the Trout Lake Abbey retreat, said he was attacked Monday during a visit to Hood River.

He doesn’t remember much, but says a man, who seemingly thought he was Muslim based on his clothing, attacked him for no reason.

“I pulled over, someone ran up and yelled. I turned around, they kicked the door, hit me in the side of the face and knocked my head into the frame of the car,” Sampson said. “I do remember [him yelling] an F bomb [about] Muslims, and that was it.”

Sampson expressed sadness rather than anger for his attacker, which is extremely generous. I’m not impressed with people who are so furious about the existence of Islam, that they not only feel the need to attack Muslims, they can’t even be bothered to figure out if the people they’re attacking are Muslims in the first place.

As I’ve said so many times before in cases like this … I get it. Really. I do. I honestly am aware that Muslim terrorists have attacked people in the name of their religion. I don’t see how anyone with a brain could fail to be aware of that reality. But randomly targeting Muslims — or worse, people who aren’t Muslim but who look different enough that they could be mistaken for Muslims — isn’t going to help stop Islamist terror. It just won’t. No amount of sanctimonious fury can ever change that.

Isn’t it time for Americans to fucking grow the hell up already?

Photo credit: KATU/KVAL.

Hat tip: Raw Story.

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Brit Hume of Fox News offered some unsolicited advice to the beleaguered Tiger Woods … and in the process, revealed his ignorance of religion. The (NY) Daily News reports on his stupid comments:

Fox News’ Brit Hume irks Buddhists by wishing Tiger Woods convert to Christianity — for forgiveness

Fox newsman Brit Hume is evangelizing to Tiger Woods — and upsetting some peaceful Buddhists along the way.

Hume, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said he wants the beleaguered golfer to convert to Christianity because he believes Buddhism leaves no place for the “redemption” Tiger needs.

“Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation with him,” Hume said.

“The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith,” Hume continued. “He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.”

Hume said his message to Tiger would be, “Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'”

Like most Christians, especially of the Religious Right sort, Hume has no clue how any religion other than his own works. I’m not a Buddhist myself, but even I know that the reality of Buddhism is that it has a great deal to say about both forgiveness and redemption. “Forgiveness” figures prominently in Buddhism, especially in that it helps ameliorate attachments. Here, for example, is a Buddhist meditation on it. As for “redemption” in Buddhism, that is integral to one of the core principles of Buddhism, Nirvana.

As is typical of Christians, Hume assumes Christianity to be utterly unique … so much so that no principle it deals with can possibly be found in any other religion. Unfortunately this is erroneous.

I’m fairly sure that Buddhism can find a better way to deal with the sin of adultery, in any event, than Christianity can. After all, the faithful Christian, Gov Mark Sanford of South Carolina suggested that, if adultery was good enough for King David, it’s good enough for him.

Finally, Hume’s claim that Buddhism offers no forgiveness or redemption, and only Christianity does, places him in my lying liars for Jesus club.

Update: Courtesy of Religion Dispatches, here is a Youtube video of Brit Hume revealing his brazen ignorance — and as RD suggested it might be called, “Christian chauvinism” — to the planet:

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