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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Corrections | 7 comments

Explain the Difference

Zoe Jen calls these images "maymays" for some reason

Zoe Jen calls these sorts of images “maymays” for some bizarre reason

I think the joke/insight here is supposed to be that hardcore Christians are basically the same as their Islamist counterparts; however, a few salient differences may be noted.

  • The woman on the right is standing in front of green flags which represent the unity of political and religious power under Islam, whereas the woman on the left is standing in front of the flag flown by the world’s first secular republic.
  • The woman on the right (Reem Slaleh Raiyshi) killed herself ten years ago in order to murder non-Muslims, whereas the woman on the left (Holly Fisher) has never been accused of killing anyone, whether in the name of her religion or for other reasons.
  • The woman on the left is holding a Christian Bible, a book which has twice as many cruel passages as the book on the right, a Quran.

Facile moral equivalencies make great memes, but they are not the stuff of great minds.

Your thoughts?

  • Soopy

    One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not

  • http://skepticink.com/notung Notung

    Here’s her own assessment of the differences: https://twitter.com/HollyRFisher/status/485911464369065986

    I don’t think there’s supposed to be any deep message, other than “yes, nice provocative gesture there. Oh, look who else likes to pose with an assault rifle, a flag, and a holy book! How do you feel now?!”

    • http://skepticink.com/backgroundprobability/ Damion Reinhardt

      Hahahahaha…how can we hope to argue against tequila-drinking bikini-clad bacon-munchers?

  • http://www.atheistrev.com/ vjack

    I don’t feel particularly safe when looking at either one of them, but sure, there are some differences. Based on where I live, what is represented by the one on the left poses a bit more of a realistic threat than the one on the right.

    • http://skepticink.com/backgroundprobability/ Damion Reinhardt

      That’s true enough, if we don’t take into account their individual histories. Certainly gun-toting right-wing Christians are more prevalent than gun-toting right-wing Islamists, here in the American South.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    Sure there are a few differences. They both have different smiles as they are holding their holy books and guns… oh wait… bad example. Never mind.

  • kraut2

    Your latest crude censorship convinces me that any participation by me on your blog is futile and a waste.
    I therefore will relieve you from the necessity to engage in an activity that I have not even encountered towards my posts on patheos (where they were at least discussed and either taken apart or supported) or the here so loathed FTB site.
    I will refrain from further reading your posts and you will not have to read my contributions.