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And I respond to the alleged summoning by Osama bin Laden with another idea, another story some millions of people may truly believe: It's the Old Testament story of Jonah. The Lord wanted Jonah to travel to Ninevah--a wicked city--and to warn the inhabitants that they must change their ways. But Jonah was afraid, and he tried to flee the Lord.


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So the Lord caused Jonah to end up in the belly of a whale. And there Jonah stayed for three days and three nights.

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And then the whale delivered Jonah out of the sea and back to the land because Jonah called to the Lord out of his distress. And then, a second time, the Lord asked Jonah to travel to that wicked city, and make known the Lord's displeasure with their ways. And Jonah went. And the king of that city "removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

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Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not. And God repented. And Jonah was annoyed, "exceedingly": Why would God redeem them? And the Lord asked, "Do you do well to be angry? And the Lord asked Jonah, "Should I not pity Ninevah, that great city, in which there are more than , persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?

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The Book of Jonah, dedicated to Stephanie Yan Into that infamous Tuesday inferno of fire and structural collapse, a humbling number of men and women fell to a horrifying death. We have become a wilderness of jeopardized loved ones, and terrifying strangers. I am an American. Was our firebombing of Dresden a terrorist attack?

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Or Hiroshima? Or the bombing of Beirut? Or our bombing of Baghdad? Is there anything for which we, as a nation, need to atone? Is there anyone I have not recognized as equal to myself?


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What will help? What will comfort so many other Americans, so suddenly bereaved? And how shall we arrange for safety, anywhere? The Sermon on the Mount, for instance, was exceptionally good speech making — but the people of Palestine did not immediately cease judging lest they be judged. Imagine if Christ had persuaded Pontius Pilot? What a different world we would live in today! Was it all threat the 40 day deadline?

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Did he quote from scripture? As a preacher I would love to know how Jonah pulled it off! What clothes he had retained after his near drowning and acid exposure would have been no more than rags. He would literally rather die himself than see Nineveh spared. You talk about this as xenophobia, a loathing for the other.

Again, you can read this story as one in which Jonah bravely asserts his own sense of righteousness above that of the God himself, almost at the cost of his own life.

And he seems to, perhaps, loathe himself for being weak enough to cave in and save his life. A tiny mouse asserting his will over a giant elephant just before he gets stomped. Karin, I find your parallel with Javret fascinating.

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