It’s Astonishing What This “Quality” U.K. Newspaper Can Get Away With Saying About a Religious Minority

Here’s how columnist Giles Coren, a 22-year veteran of the London Times, announced his disgust of Jews yesterday.

God, I hate Jews. I don’t think there can be a group of people on earth more convinced of their own rightness, more dismissive of other people’s interests and beliefs, or more dogmatic and humourless about their own massively unappealing and totally irrelevant weltanschauung than the “I believe in Yahweh” squad.

Weltanschauung,” rather than simply “world view,” is what language fops use to set themselves apart from the commoners.

Continues Coren:

But it’s not the nihilism, the soullessness, the lack of poetry, the moral and physical ugliness, the shallow iconoclasm or the vainglory of Jews that bother me most. It’s the boringness.

Is it cricket of Coren to slander and generalize a whole group like that, accusing its members of being arrogant, physically ugly, and more? Can a man this bizarrely hateful really have a gig with one of Britain’s foremost broadsheets? Is this the Times or Der Stürmer?

But no, of course I kid. Giles Coren did not write that about Jews (he’s of Jewish ancestry himself). Or Muslims. Or Christians. He wouldn’t dare.

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The Satanic Temple’s Seven Tenets Are Far More Ethical Than the Ten Commandments

The Satanic Temple has “seven fundamental tenets” — none of which would strike most people as evil in any way:

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Salon Edits Out a Crucial Portion of Interview with Sam Harris

Salon published a rather thorough and (frankly) positive interview with Sam Harris the other day. Or so I thought.

First, the good stuff. In his interview with Sean Illing, Harris was able to talk at length on his views instead of being cut down to the sound bites we often hear. You get a real sense of where he stands on Islam, spirituality, etc. Good. That’s what you hope to read in an interview. If you want to criticize his various stances, then you better state his beliefs accurately, and this interview allows for that.

The problem, however, is that Salon cut out one particular section from the original interview — and it was the part that was critical of Salon for publishing so much nonsense that saying “it’s published on Salon” is now a punchline.

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9 Inconvenient Bible Verses (for Christians)

TruthSurge has an amusing collection of Bible verses that contradict each other and may go against the ones you typically hear on a Sunday morning. The video is full of stock photos and sound effects that, somehow, makes it even more entertaining.

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Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi, Punished for “Insulting Islam,” May Have Received a Pardon

It appears that there may be hope for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who was facing another 950 lashes to round out a punishment he received last year (and was upheld a few months ago).

After being sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam,” Badawi received the first 50 lashes at the beginning of the year, with the expectation that he would receive 50 more every Friday for a total of 20 weeks. But those additional lashes never came for reasons that were unclear.

Here’s the good news: Yves Rossier, the Swiss secretary of Foreign Affairs, has told the newspaper La Liberté that Badawi’s sentence has been officially suspended.

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