First of all, there is no comparison in numbers involved, in danger to participants, and to the importance of the outcome to a wide array of vital issues concerned. For instance, this sad incident from Saturday in Tehran, says so much:
This 26-year-old girl, Neda Agha Soltan, was attending the Saturday demonstrations with her father. She was shot and killed, according to most reports, by the religious paramilitary auxiliaries who came in so handy at the end of the week, in quashing peoples' expressions against having their country dominated by religious nutcases.
More people will probably be killed today - Monday - as they march to mourn her martyrdom.
This happened because a country allowed religious superstition to take over the public discourse. It is happening in Iran. It is happening in Saudi Arabia. It is happening in Israel.
And it is happening in Anchorage.
Jerry Prevo has often been labeled an "Ayatollah." His minions are now being described as "Talibangelicals."
They would be, should they be granted more power. They are seeking more power.
In Iran. people want to be freed from the tyranny of religious superstition.
In Israel, people want to be freed from the tyranny of religious superstition.
And, in Anchorage, people want to be freed from the tyranny of religious superstition.
The commonalities among these three YouTubes may be more obvious to some than others. But the differences between demonstrations in Tehran, Tel Aviv or Anchorage have less to do with the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity, than they have to do with how much power we allow ourselves to grant to the worst aspects of our spiritual edifices.
The time has come to seriously consider the Anchorage Baptist Temple's tax-exempt status. The sooner, the better.