I love that "...and their discontents" trope. I should use it more often.
Via the Adorable Girlfriend at the Republic of Dogs, we come across this bit of cobaggery*, Peace Through Pork. It's a cafepress store selling T-shirts that purport to bring about peace by confronting superstition. The T-shirts have the slogan presumably translated to Arabic and Hebrew, a clear reference to the Middle East conflict. Obviously, they mean to imply that the Mideast conflict emerges from religious differences among the inhabitants of the area, and by confronting a major cultural and religious taboo, they can efface those difference.
This absurdity would make more sense if it weren't for the following. If there is any local historical cause for the problems in the Middle East, it certainly wasn't the religious, but rather secular nationalists, some of whom were willing to eat pork. And then the conflict was fed and nutured by nations with allegedly Christian histories, most of whom did and do engage in wide-spread pork consumption.
I know that Peace Through Pork is a joke, but it's still only funny if you suffer from the lazier forms of liberalism. Or are a pork eater of Jewish or whatever-ethnicity-is-usually-Muslim extraction, but that's another story.
Oh, and, confidential to AG: I forgive you! Honest! That last "another story" applies to you because of UC.
*"cobag" is short for colostomy bag and a rather evocative epithet invented and used by a small group of US humour blogs, including the Republic of Dogs, in order to reduce the frequency of more common racist and sexist epithets in humour, I think. Way to spoil a joke, eh? But my Canadian readers would be confused or, for that matter, most US bloggers.