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“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a
soul or for corruption [done] in the land — it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.
And whoever saves one — it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”

The Noble Qur’an: Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:32

A Muslim apologizes

Undercard features apologies from several other demographics

BACKGROUND: For some time now, I’ve been reading that Muslims need to take responsibility for the actions of Muslim extremists, to offer an apology to the world for them on behalf of all Islam, and unconditionally to condemn violence. I’ve also read that of course the writers know that only a minuscule percentage of Muslims belong to the militant sects or use or condone violence, and that the vast majority have nothing to do with it, but that we really need to leave no doubt of our stance, as Muslims, against Muslim terrorists. Perhaps on the assumption that all Muslims know one another, media magnate Rupert Murdoch says we are all at fault for the worst of us because we have not stopped them.

I agree.

As a Muslim, I hereby tender my apologies for the knuckleheads among us who interpret the Qur’an’s injunctions against aggression and transgression as a call to spill innocent blood. Some of us are doing evil, and like many other Muslims before me, I renounce them and all their depraved works.

iCondemn: the new app for Muslims.

iCondemn: Of course there’s an app for that!
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But as a matter of full disclosure, I am not only a Muslim. I am also a member of several other demographic groups, and to the extent that they have done wrong, I suppose it’s only right that I also say a word or two about them.

The white man as burden.

And a right heavy burden at that!
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Pelican caught in Gulf of Mexico BP oil slick.

Can you look this pelican in the eye, Tony Hayward?
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Let me see what else I am/have, and what that means according to Rupert Murdoch’s logic.

And there you have it. According to the Murdochian admonition, we can all go on our ostrichy way, running across the desert with our heads in the sand until we bonk into something hard and hurt our beaks, or we can all stand up and accept accountability for all the crimes, enormous and nanoscopic alike, of any kind of people with whom we are in any way affiliated.

Rupert Murdoch enjoys the (ostrich-butt) view.

“Beware the Murdochstrich, my son! The beak that jaws, the madness that claws!...”
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I suppose we could make a game of this. But then, I suppose some of us are already doing so, posturing as tough by making absurd demands (not to mention calumnies and deliberate provocations) on the target people of the day, even as I am making a game of satirizing them....

We call such people demagogues, and they hope we’ll overlook the fundamental principle they’re furiously whisking under the carpet: Each person is accountable for no one but himself. It matters not what our ancestors have done, nor what others of our race, our country, our religion, our age, our occupation are doing or have done. We are not they, and blame is neither transferable nor heritable.

I cannot control others; I can hope only to control myself and do some good and no great evil. I therefore accept responsibility for what I do, and leave responsibility for the actions of other people to them.

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