Monday, September 17, 2012

NY Times: Okay to mock Christianity but not Islam

Piss Christ by Andres Serrano

All the handwringing by liberals and progressives about alleged "hate speech" and the anti-Islam video wouldn't be so annoying if they weren't such hypocrites. Robert Spencer busts the NY Times for condemning the anti-Islam video but in 1999 defending the display of anti-Christian art: "Piss Christ"---a picture of a crucifix floating in the artist's piss---and The Holy Virgin Mary, a "painting" that used elephant shit and pornographic photos.

And all the silly crap about the alleged "hate" and "bigotry" of the ad on Muni buses calling anti-Israel jihadists "savages." Here's a Muslim calling the rioters over the video "barbarians," "rampaging beasts" and "crazies." Is this "hate speech"?

Modernist Muslims, amalgams of the West and East, comfortable with their multiple identities, have no part to play. We are written out, quashed. By whom? By the barbarians who have taken over mosques, schools, homes, hearts and minds...
I completely empathise with Muslims who live in hopeless economies, who feel the pain of Palestine, whose destinies have been controlled by the West and their own ruthless ruling cliques for decades. That does not give them permission to behave like rampaging beasts even if severely goaded and provoked. Those crazies detest their brethren who are unwilling to defend or join in with their grotesque street revelries. Even more hated are insiders with independent minds who criticise enemies of progress.

Samir Kassir was an extraordinary public intellectual, a proud, Christian Arab. He fought ceaselessly for Palestinian rights and criticised America for its foreign policies. But in Being Arab, he also scrutinised Arab feelings of persecution, self-hatred, deep disquiet, malaise, cults of misery and death. “There was a time when [we] could look to the future with optimism...How did we become so stagnant?” The book was published in 2004; he was assassinated in 2005...
British novelist Salman Rushdie is still under a death sentence by fanatical Muslims.

Former Muslim Aayaan Hirsi Ali puts Islamism in historical perspective, comparing it to the Cold War conflict with the Soviet Union. 

Thomas Mann: "Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."

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