The 'Slap Nick Griffin' Game

There's a fun site on the web of a piece with the 'throw a shoe at George Bush' and 'stab a Brussels sprout' videos to which I have previously linked here. It's called 'slap Nick Griffin', and challenges you to slap the Leader of the British National Party with an electronic hand and a click of the mouse. I managed 117 in 45 seconds, see what you can do.


Paul said…
Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.

Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.
Martin Meenagh said…
Hi Paul, thanks for your comment.

I think that race is a category with less validity than hair colour. I would be happier if people ignored it. Some can't, because it is used by bullies and the tribal to exclude, and so people take on the more romantic and attractive air of a persecuted person, and some become prominent or praised for being 'anti-racist'. A human being is a human being and should be judged as such.

Also, many thanks for your story of the good samaritan. My only caveats would be that, sometimes--and especially in public affairs--enlightened self-interest is important, especially when governments and societies are composed of human beings who cannot stop being flawed because they are, well, human beings. Constraining our flaws is what government should be about.

I also think in general that good men and women should concentrate on trying to be good. Often, doing things without a well-thought out sense of the consequences can lead to externalities that create new problems or worsen old ones.

Many, many thanks for your comment though. Yours in Christ, Me.

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