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Last week a man came into the store to get set up with Dish Network. We talked about that and about other things as well, and when our business was concluded, he offered to buy me lunch at the Chinese buffet next door. He was a former Marine who served as the bodyguard to a Catholic priest in Vietnam. All that kneeling on exotic soil had left him with fungus in his knees that was now, 30 years later, turning his knee-caps into jello. He works as a home health aid and provides paliative care to the terminally ill. He had a PhD in theology, though he spoke only with contempt for both Christianity and Judiasm.

After lunch we returned to my store where he wrote the following formula on a scrap of paper and handed it to me.


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Jul. 13th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
He has jello for brains, too. What was your reaction when presented with this overly simplistic, hateful analysis of fundamentalist Islamic militants?
Jul. 13th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
I think the star in that equation symbolizes Isreal rather than Judiasm, in which case his formulation, while simplistic, also serves up a slice of truth in my opinion. All in all, I talked to this gentleman for about two hours, and I don't believe he has jello for brains. I do believe that he's a very angry man, and he did admit that he's on medication which "Keeps the volume down."

Personally, I think hateful fundamentalist Islamic militants generally have valid complaints. The validity of their complaints does not justify murder, and that, I would say is the important difference between my customer and ideology-driven terrorists; they kill people while he works to releive the sufferring of the dying. Living here in the Bible Belt and encountering people every day who exhibit intelligence, tolerance, and good will (qualities I generally do not associate with Christianity) I've come around, more and more, to the position that I don't care nearly as much about what beliefs a person holds as I do about how they behaive.

Murder = bad
Hospice care = good
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