As a number of you may know, I frequent the blog of our good prophet Dani'El and am, for the most part, quite happy to chat away with him and discuss whatever it is he happens to be blogging about (militant homosexuals, destruction of San Fran, angel armies, Satan in a German army uniform, whatever).
Recently he put up a post entitled:
I made a comment that it seemed to me as if fundamentalist Christians were, sort of, looking forward to what essentially amounts to genocide. There are 10 million people in the Damascus area and I just find it difficult to reconcile the absolute nature of the 'don't murder people' commandment with the massacre of 10 million men, women and children.
Dani'El responded in a way that made me think that he was treating these potential deaths in a very subjective way - moral relativism and all that;
"There are a lot of "innocent" Jews in Israel, and the vast majority in Damascus would celebrate if everyone of them were dead."
As if that would excuse the act. He further justified it with;
"And the dest[ruction] of Damascus will probably come in response to something like a chem[ical] weapons attack on an Israeli city."
I then told him to stop validating genocide and he came back with the following (abridged without quote-mining, I hope. Check it out yourself at the thread if you want the whole story);
I don't know about you. But suggesting, no matter how facetiously, that someone would want their family's murderer to receive the highest honour in the land is over the line. I told him as much by saying; "Seriously though, retract that statement please; it does you no favours to make statements like that." I repeated this when he did not immediately retract the statement and closed by telling him that I wouldn't be posting at his blog until he did.
Is this me being a cry-baby? I think I'm too close to it to tell, so I'm open to scrutiny from my peers - let me know.
He has since stated:
"And my statement about knighting Bin Laden was clearly facetious. Sarcasm. Sorry if you missed it.
And I retract it if it offends you."
If you feel like I am misrepresenting our conversation, please feel free to correct me.
Thanks guys and sorry for the long rant!