Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Motivator of the Day: Black Jack Pershing Edition

"Earlier today in front of the White House -- Coptic Christians [implored] the Obama administration to take a stand against the slaughter, persecution, and oppression of Christians. We give Egypt 300 billion dollars -- hold them to account. Please join us tomorrow in D.C."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dougie, why don't you stick to verifiable facts to make your
pre-ordained points?

This malarkey was too easy to check.

General 'Black Jack' Pershing vs. Muslim Terrorists
Netlore Archive: Did U.S. General 'Black Jack' Pershing rid the Philippines of Islamic extremism in 1911 by executing a group of Muslim terrorists and burying them in a grave filled with pig's blood and entrails?
Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: Sep 2001
Status: False

Analysis: False. I consulted Dr. Frank E. Vandiver, professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing, to ask if there's any truth to the above, and he responded via email that in his opinion the story is apocryphal.

"I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences," Vandiver wrote. "This kind of thing would have run completely against his character."

Similarly, I've been unable to find any evidence corroborating the claim that Muslims believe that "eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise and doomed to hell." It is true that Islamic dietary restrictions, like those of Judaism, forbid the eating or handling of pork because pigs are considered unclean. But according to Raeed Tayeh of the American Muslim Association in North America, the notion that a Muslim would be denied entrance to heaven for touching a pig is "ridiculous." A statement from the Anti-Defamation League characterizes the claim as an "offensive caricature of Muslim beliefs."