On a Berlin Stage, Writers with Islamic-Sounding Names Turn Hate Mail Into Raucous Laughter

Watching the videos of Richard Dawkins reading his hate mail was an unexpected pleasure.

Sometimes, that’s the best you can do with nasty insults and vicious invective — defang them by spinning the tar into comedy gold. That’s exactly what these folks decided to do:

When it comes to you Muslims,” Hasnain Kazim tells the audience, “we Germans are going to pick up where we left off with the Jews. It would please me if the first time we meet is when your smoke is rising out of the chimney.”

You might expect such malignance to reap a stunned silence, or gasps.

But Kazim, a 40-year-old journalist with Spiegel Online, is treated to rollicking laughter and applause instead. This, after all, is Hate Poetry night in Berlin, an opportunity for a troupe of German journalists, all of whom have vaguely Muslim-sounding names, to read out some of the more creatively despicable messages clogging up their inboxes.

Disturbingly, each has plenty to choose from, and the fountain of hatred flows late into the evening, with insults like these: “I have nothing against Muslims as long as the only place they are staying is at the local cemetery.”

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Look Who’s Appearing at the Atheist Strip Club Tonight…

On last night’s episode of The Simpsons (which you all totally watched), the local church needed to be rebuilt after a plane crashed into it. But those in charge of raising money for it worried about what might happen if their illicit gambling scheme didn’t work out…

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Are You Prepared for Y2K? If Not, You Need to Watch These Evangelists’ Video

Remember when Y2K happened and the world exploded?

Well, your answer doesn’t matter as long as you gave television preachers Jack Van Impe and wife Rexella some money to learn about the “2000 Time Bomb” beforehand:

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Environmental Officials in Florida Were Ordered to Stop Using the Phrases “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”

Officials in the Department of Environmental Protection in Florida, a state that’s especially affected by climate change, were told they could not use that phrase (or “global warming”) in their communications or reports.

This stunning bit of censorship was brought to light by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting:

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In County with “In God We Trust” Plaque, The Satanic Temple Wants to Put Up Sign Reading “E Pluribus Unum”

For weeks now, I’ve been writing about how Clark County (Washington) officials, after initially saying no, have gone ahead and approved an “In God We Trust” sign in city hall.

An atheist said last week that he wanted to petition to put up a sign next to that one reading “In Dissenters We Believe.”

Soon, another voice may be added to the mix: The Satanic Temple.

The head of the Temple’s Seattle chapter tells me she will soon petition for a sign in city hall that says “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one), our nation’s original (but unofficial) motto. Below is a mockup of what the sign might look like:

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