Friday, May 09, 2008
Great Post on HuffPo?!
Thankfully I skim through the email that Yahoo sends to the Bulk folder every once in a while because this article sent by Bourgeois Deviant was buried in there and I would have missed it...
The article posted at HuffPo and written by Sam Harris is called "Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks" and deals with the perils of 'religious sensitivity' when it comes to governments dealing with Islam.
It deals mainly with the Geert Wilders' film FITNA, but states some obvious (but oft forgotten) truths:
"The film has been deemed offensive because it juxtaposes images of Muslim violence with passages from the Qur'an. Given that the perpetrators of such violence regularly cite these same passages as justification for their actions, merely depicting this connection in a film would seem uncontroversial."
"Controversial or not, one surely would expect politicians and journalists in every free society to strenuously defend Wilders' right to make such a film. But then one would be living on another planet, a planet where people do not happily repudiate their most basic freedoms in the name of "religious sensitivity."
"The point is that only the Muslim community is combustible in this way. The controversy over Fitna, like all such controversies, renders one fact about our world especially salient: Muslims appear to be far more concerned about perceived slights to their religion than about the atrocities committed daily in its name. Our accommodation of this psychopathic skewing of priorities has, more and more, taken the form of craven and blinkered acquiescence." Amen!
"There is an uncanny irony here that many have noticed. The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn't, we will kill you."
"It is perverse for the western media to lament the lack of an Islamic reformation and willfully ignore works such as Wilders' film, Fitna. How do they think reformation will come about if not with criticism? There is no such right as 'the right not to be offended; indeed, I am deeply offended by the contents of the Koran, with its overt hatred of Christians, Jews, apostates, non-believers, homosexuals but cannot demand its suppression.
It is time we recognized that those who claim the "right not to be offended" have also announced their hatred of civil society. "
I could quote most of the article here because it is so poignant and superbly articulated...so you should really just go read the whole thing for yourselves.
(Huge H/T: Bourgeois Deviant)