The semiotics of swords

Look at this creepy scene of jihadi role playing. This Islamic obsession with all things martial is so alien to the Judeo-Christian tradition, don’t you think?

Christian Palestinian brandishing sword

Photograph by Ed Kashi, National Geographic

Which is why it’s so interesting that these are really Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem, caught while celebrating Easter.

When a Christian swings a sword at party, it’s just innocent fun, at most an assertion of healthy pride in tradition.  When a Muslim does it, to the contrary, it’s practice for killing infidels.

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