Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Koran-Flushed-Down-The-Toilet Story
Is A New Form Of
The Blood Libel/Host Desecration Myth

From Neo-Neocon:

Ever since I heard about the violent reaction to the Newsweek Koran story, a little bell has been going off in the back of my head. One of those things that says, "This is familiar. This reminds me of something. What could it be?" You know how it is; you think and you think, but nothing specific comes up, just this general feeling.

This morning, though, it finally came to me, in that state of half-consciousness between sleep and wakening. The blood libel. The host desecration. Of course.

These are two ancient and false accusations that seem utterly preposterous today, but were believed at the time by many Christians, and have caused widespread violence against Jews--for centuries, and in many parts of the world.

For those of you unfamiliar with the myth of the blood libel and the host desecration, please go here. Please read the entire link to learn about it. But here's a short summary:

Blood Libel
In 1144 CE, an unfounded rumor began in eastern England, that Jews had kidnapped a Christian child, tied him to a cross, stabbed his head to simulate Jesus' crown of thorns, killed him, drained his body completely of blood, and mixed the blood into matzos (unleavened bread) at time of Passover.

Host Desecration
The host is a wafer used during the Roman Catholic mass...the church teaches that it is converted into the actual body of Jesus Christ, just as the wine becomes Jesus' actual blood. These elements of the mass are then eaten by the believers.... A variation of the blood libel myth developed in Europe early in the 11th century. Instead of accusing the Jews of killing an innocent child, they were accused of desecrating the host. Sometimes they were accused stabbing pins into the host, or of stepping on it. Other times, they were accused of stabbing the host with a knife until Jesus' blood leaked out. Sometimes, they were accused of nailing the host, in a symbolic replay of the crucifixion.

The elements are very similar, particularly in the host desecration myth. In each case, we have believers in the sanctity of the object itself (for medieval Catholics, the host; for present day Moslem fundamentalists, the Koran), and a belief that another group showed lack of respect for the sanctity of said object and violated it in a terrible way. In the case of the blood libel, we also have allegations of an actual murder of an innocent for purposes of ritual desecration.

As I've been saying for the past few days here at CUANAS, this Koran-flushed-down-the-story is an example of Muslim idolatry. The idea that all of Western Civilization is supposed to get down on their knees and apologize to Muslims because an OBJECT was, supposedly, flushed down a toilet is ludicrous.

Western Civilization does not halt in horror when Islamofascists burn our flag in the street. Our world does not come crashing down when they drag an effigy of our President behind a car.

I say to the Islamofascist's, "Go ahead and abuse any object until your heart is content. You buy it, you build it, it's yours to do with as you please. Those are the rules of Civilization. If you want to use the pages of the Bible to wipe yourself, it's ok with me."

Such behavior only reflects on the person who participates in it. It has no effect on the ideas, or ideals, represented by America, or by the Bible.

Muslim civilization is stuck in a medieval conception of the world. Their world is propped up by the flimsiest of physical objects. We can not allow our civilization to play by such rules. The minute we do, our world also will come crashing down.