[Paleopsych] Mosque vs. Church Burning

Christian Rauh christian.rauh at uconn.edu
Sat Jan 22 21:14:09 UTC 2005

Maybe because I was out of the country this last month but I wasn't 
aware of the mosque burning incident in Springfield, MA. I just heard 
yesterday that 3 of the four young men were being released and charges 
lifted if they did community service and stayed out of trouble for the 
next 2 years.

 From the names the men were Hispanic, most probably Christians. Why am 
I pointing that out? Because it made me wonder what kind of punishment 
and repercussion a similar case would have if it involved 4 Arab named 
men burning down a church. Community service? I guess not.

It was also surprising to me (pardon my ignorance) that the mosque goers 
were black americans and not Arabs.


A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over,
their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in
the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the
horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......
If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience
till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning
back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where
principles are at stake.

         - Thomas Jefferson, from a letter he sent in 1798 after
                             the passage of the Sedition Act


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