But I digress....the painting above is called "Freedom From Fear". You can't see the newspaper headline that the father figure holds, but if I remember correctly it's about the Nazis fire-bombing Europe. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm mistaken.
Here's another image, a photo taken in the aftermath of recent explosions in Jaipur.
The seven bombs that injured this child were packed with lethal ball bearings and strapped to bicycles, and went off close to at least five Hindu temples within 20 minutes of each other.
In recent months, terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba has advocated jihad aimed at "liberating Muslim-dominated areas of India".
In this it has been echoing calls attributed to Osama bin Laden, who has made it clear he sees Hinduism as being an enemy equivalent to Zionism.
Here's the second Rockwell painting, called Freedom From Want. You can safely assume that it's Thanksgiving.
In the meantime our government, in an effort to guarantee that campaign donors are properly cared for, has mandated that MORE than 100 % of our yearly production of certain foodstuffs be converted to ethanol. The current Farm Bill, which will probably make it through the House of Representatives today, provides more of the same.
This has caused food prices all over the world to skyrocket. Food riots have broken out in Haiti, Bangladesh and Egypt.
Here's the third Rockwell painting in the series, and it's called Freedom of Speech. My parents had a picture book of Norman Rockwell paintings, which included this series, and I've always been intrigued by the man standing to speak. Do you see what's unusual about him, relative to everyone else?
He's the youngest person in the painting.
He's also wearing the grungiest clothes in the painting.
And yet everyone is listening to him.
In the meantime, our allies in Saudi Arabia are putting barbers on trial for "insulting Islam".
In Canada, believe it or not, Canada.... The Alberta Human Rights Commission, truly one of the most poorly named bureaucracies in North America, is hauling people into court for insulting Islam.
I'm noticing a trend.
I'm noticing a trend.
The last of the Four Freedoms paintings is Freedom To Worship. (In President Roosevelt's speech, it was Freedom Of Religion.)
Lest anyone coming to these pages for the first time think that I obsess over the Islamic concept of death to all apostates, well, I do. Just to share the joy and play fair, look at this quiz comparing remarks from Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Co. to those occasionally made by Bin Laden.
There are degrees of intolerance, however. This man was apprehended in Iran with a Bible in his car.
That's all I've got for "Blog For Human Rights" day.
I've done my best to contrast some Norman Rockwellian sentimentality with some rest of the world harsh reality.
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In the meantime, raise hell.
Don't put up with it. Don't vote for those who do. Bang pots and pans together in the middle of the street.
Ask yourself, What Would Norman Rockwell Do?