I had hoped not to post anything today, except for the post immediately below this on what we can and should do now for Ariel Sharon, sheyikhye. But three related stories have driven me to post.
In the first, Christian evangelical Pat Robertson contends* Ariel Sharon's current illness is "punishment from God" meted out because of the Gaza withdrawal. In the second, Iran's president calls for Sharon's death. In the third, Sefad's chief rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son of former Sefardic chief rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu, refuses to pray for Ariel Sharon because of the Gaza withdrawal.
The common thread that links the three besides gross stupidity? They are all fundamentalists.
Something to think about on this very sad day.
*[Sure, he does say "may be." But doing this at the very moment that Sharon fights for his life is at the very least in poor taste. Perhaps the Rev. Robertson's stupidity and his tendency to make tone-deaf, ill-timed pronouncements "may be" punishments from God, as well.]