Sunday, February 05, 2006

Intolerance Revisited

Some sober words about fundamentalism and the West. Freedom of the press and speech are truly only useful if they are defended when they count. The problem isn't that religion and other preposterous ideas are being ridiculed too much, the problem is that they are not parodied enough. I guess the Catholic church's official line on the Life of Brian is that it is blasphemy. Does any one really think that Catholicism has declined because of this film? What exactly are they so concerned about? In recent history have there been any significant pogroms against Catholics or Muslims in the West? I think not. Our current leadership loves to pander to fundamentalists of all flavors these days because they are part of their political coalitions and paradoxically this same group allows them to wage war against other fundamentalists. Dangerous times indeed.

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