August 08, 2003
Beware His Power
You know the story: A spacecraft carrying the last survivor of an alien race crash lands in the heartland of the United States, where he's found and raised in the good clean values of a simple, childless farming couple to become a champion of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
Nice fairy tale.
But in the real world, the U.S. government would have had their special ops teams and black helicopters on that farmhouse's doorstep within hours. No way Uncle Sam would let a couple of farmers keep living proof of extraterrestrial life as their favorite son. And what about that spaceship anyway?
This is the premise for my favorite new comic this week, "Supreme Power", written by J. Michael Straczynski, whom many of you may know as the creator of Babylon 5. DEFINITELY worth checking out at your local comic shop.
There are about to be some VERY angry people in Saudi Arabia.
In this Newsweek article, a German historian (who's using a pseudonym to avoid joining Salman Rushdie in exile) contends that the Quran has been mistranslated. For centuries, people believed that it was dictated to Mohammed by Allah in Arabic. But, historically speaking, Arabic as a language didn't appear on the scene until 150 years AFTER Mohammed's death. Which means that the document was more likely written in the language of the time, Aramaic.
What does this mean? Well, for starters, the section that promises 70 "virgins with swelling breasts" in the afterlife for those who die in Jihad would actually be "white raisins with juicy fruits".
Excuse me while I laugh my you-know-what off.