Mr. Pot Meet Mr. Kettle

Fox News is always good for a laugh but more they are a good barometer of just how bizarre Amur-uh-cuhns think. Take, for example, their story about Jamie Paulin-Ramirez "brainwashing" her six-year-old son. Just check out the breathless reportage of Fox:

The 6-year-old son of a Colorado nursing student who ran off to Europe to join a terrorist murder cell was brainwashed into a hate-filled Islamic fundamentalist zombie, his family said Saturday, The New York Post reported.

"He said that Christians will burn in hellfire," the child's grandmother, Christine Mott, told The Post. "That's what they are teaching this baby."

Oh no! Oh no! Run for the hills, a child has been "brainwashed" into a religion! Christians will burn in hellfire! How horrid! How can we stomach such terrible abuses of childhood innocence!

Fox goes on to gasp: "Her conversion was so complete, Paulin-Ramirez changed her son's name from Christian to the Islamic name Walid after enrolling him in a fire-breathing Muslim school in Ireland."

Anyone else see a little disconnect here? I mean, Fundamentalist Christians teach their kids this type of crap all the time. They teach their children that "homosexuals" will burn in hell, that it's even OK to kill homosexuals, that non-Christians will burn in hell, that "non-believers" will burn in hell, that THEY will burn in hell if they don't do what they're told.

Grandma got freaked out and Fox agreed that his mother wearing religious-themed clothing was wrong and just "drew attention" to their Muslim beliefs. But, I can't count the number of times I'm in Wal-Mart and get to see trite Christian T-shirts complete with depictions of Jesus on the Cross or other symbols. Why is that acceptable if we're using the standard of broadcasting your religion as a marker?

Certainly, this woman was up to no good and it is unconscionable for her to have indoctrinated her child into hatred and religious nonsense at such a tender age. However, for people to act as though what she is confined to Fundamentalist Muslims is disingenuous. It happens in Fundamentalist Christian households every single day where children are taught to hate others, where they are terrified with myths of hell and demons where they will go with the people they hate if they don't hate hard enough, and where they are indoctrinated into a book whose answer to the problem of sharing a world with those you hate is to kill them.

I think the Christians have a saying: He who is without sin cast the first stone. I'd say Christianity has sinned just as much in destroying childhood innocence as Islam. Take a look in the mirror.

PS: Lest I be accused of "picking" on Christians, that last photo is of Israeli children signing bombs that are to be dropped on Palestinian children.