Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Sunday, 2018.01.21
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under
omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his
cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own
good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own
conscience.

		Clive Staples "CS" Lewis

2006.11.04

Weapon Or Holy Relic – You Decide The Evidence Is Clear

I’m filled with outrageous outrageously outraged outrage at [fill in your name and contact information here] and declare jihad on your fish tank. (This is, of course, problematic for me, what with being a practicing Buddhist and all. But I’m sure I’ll find a way once complete and utter jihadi blindness kicks in.)

It was alleged that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Iran’s highest authority) came to Friday, October the 13th prayers packing a Persian Mauser.

Oh, nuh, nuh, nun, nun, nooooOOOOOOoooooo, I don’t think so. It just looks that way. That was no weapon designed to kill humans. It was a holy relic. Follow along as I prove my case with a comparison to the Pope.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic (The Mauser, ding dong. It’s debatable whether or not the microphones can as yet be considered holy relics.):

Khamenei 1

The Pope with a holy relic:

Pope 1

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic:

Khamenei 2

The Pope with a holy relic:

Pope 2

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic:

Khamenei 3

The Pope with a holy relic (detail):

Pope 3

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic (detail):

Khamenei 4

The Pope with a holy…ah…er…The Pope appears to be unarmed sans relic in this picture:

Pope 4

There. That should be more than enough proof for even the most staunch septics among you.

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2006.11.05

Changed title – mistakenly posted with draft version of title.