Zeal

This is a funny part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

You probably think that is just a joke. People wouldn’t really hit their heads to show their religious zeal, would they?

Well, actually yes. Take a look at this

The zebibah, Arabic for raisin, is a dark circle of callused skin, or in some cases a protruding bump, between the hairline and the eyebrows. It emerges on the spot where worshipers press their foreheads into the ground during their daily prayers.

I didn’t really want to know. I especially didn’t want to know that this injury caused by bashing one’s head into the floor is considered a signifcant accomplishment.

“The zebibah is a way to show how important religion is for us,” said Muhammad al-Bikali, a hairstylist in Cairo, in an interview last month. Mr. Bikali had a well-trimmed mustache and an ever-so-subtle brown spot just beneath his hairline. “It shows how religious we are. It is a mark from God.”

Yes, there really are Muslims who hit their heads on the floor during prayers to show how pious they are. This actually explains quite a lot about what is going on in the Middle East.

Of course in fairness, I don’t actually know how common this practice is and other religions have had their nutcases, but still, I have to wonder.

What Liberal Media?

I think that this cartoon says it all.

I find it interesting that the same people who were telling us that the TEA partiers were violent extremists are warmly embracing people who are real violent extremists. Not to mention the civility police who insisted that targets on Sarah Palin’s website could cause violence who somehow don’t have a problem with people who call for the murder of millionaires and billionaires.

I found this cartoon at the House of Eratosthenes who got it from Netright Daily, both blogs that I should read more often.

Here is exactly what I mean by violent extremists. If anyone at a TEA party protest had called for this sort of violence, we’d never hear the end of it.