The debate over the League City immigrant resolution rages on, both within City Council meetings and in the press, largely in Galveston County Daily News, where the comment count is now among the highest I've ever seen.
|Front of the proposed resolution. I re-published the original text in this July 2014 post.|
|Based on the current reporting, it doesn't seem like either side exhibits a clear majority at this point.|
Screengrab courtesy Galveston County Daily News.
What both of those communications suggest is that residents simply lack a coherent framework for parsing any of this. What they expect or hope to see doesn't exactly match the reality that has manifested. Thirteen years after 9/11, this is apparently where we still are socially, for reasons that I'm not sure anyone really understands.
Case in point where such confusion and discrepancy is concerned - the oddness of what's currently offered in juxtaposition on your DirecTV service: two versions of the same classic American movie, but one of these things is no longer like the other.
|I'll get to the explanation in a minute. |
Screengrabbed from this site.
|The film also showcased Kurt Russell's unparalleled work ethic as an actor.|
Image screengrabbed from this site.
|In 1982, a bomb was detonated on PAN AM Flight 830, resulting in the death of one minor child and the injury of 16 other people. Despite the resulting damage, the plane was able to make a successful emergency landing in Honolulu. The aircraft was apparently re-painted for the movie with the fictitious airliner name "Oceanic". Either that or they just used it for interior shots. |
Screengrabbed from Wikipedia.
Why was the movie altered in the first place? The original version was arguably quite responsible to Islam by forming an explicit distinction between Islam and that which has "nothing to do with Islam" but is instead driven by "[blind] hatred". This is much the same distinction that the GCDN commenter was seeking in referring to "normal, moderate Muslims" as opposed to "radical Islam". What benefit to understanding is derived by obscuring this essential distinction in this film or in any other context? Clearly, we need more of that distinction, not less.
Why are Americans provided primarily with the censored version? I can understand Warner Brothers / Warner Home Video wanting to change the tone of the movie in certain restricted distributional regions where such actions might be expected, but they only made one Blu Ray, that being the censored version. In general terms, most Americans are probably going to default to the Blu Ray as their obvious choice (audio and video quality are both superior to the DVD). Given the age of the film, most present-day watchers may not even know that an original version of the movie exists. In more specific terms, why am I sitting on my flat American butt in my house built on American soil accessing an American content provider streaming an American-made classic movie which has effectively been censored?! What the hell is up with that?!
The whole thing doesn't sit well with me, and it is an example of what is working against those people who are honestly trying to put Islam into an appropriate social perspective. "Censorship" is one of the dirtiest words we have in America, provoking immediate defensiveness and hostility in those who sense that they have encountered it. What's been done to Executive Decision is just going to raise even more suspicions and questions and confusion about perspectives and allegiances where Islam is concerned, both locally and elsewhere.
|At least the "editors" had the guts to admit what they had done. |
Screengrabbed and annotated from this site.