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Roughly 3% of any population has serious, but functional, mental illness: sociopathy, psychopathy, psychoses, or schizophrenia.  Trying to conduct a rational argument with these people is pointless.  By definition they can't have one.  Persistent, long-term, violation of these people's cognitive (sic) space, or what they perceive as such, is highly likely to drive some individuals to violence such as the Anna Lindh murder, the Malmö shootings, and the Anders Breivik mass murder in Norway.

Just the way things are.

When a Muslim Three-Percenter commits an act of violence the media do not, generally, broadcast "A Mentally Ill Person" did such-and-such.  What is generally broadcast is "A Muslim" did such-and-such.  Lots of reasons for this.  99.99% of them bad.  

But what this does is shift the Public Discourse from, "How do we treat the mentally ill" to "OMG!!!!!  How do we save ->Western Civilization<- from these Mooselems in our midst?"  (At least that's how it works in the US.)  Lot's of reasons for this.  99.99% of them are bad.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 01:52:13 PM EST

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