Multicultural Respect

I keep trying to make sense of recurrent demands for "respect" of religious traditions that come from politically liberal and leftish circles, whom you wouldn't immediately think of as affirming ways of life in which religious faith is central.But then, these days "left" often means the multicultural left, the postmodern animal, rather than the left wing of the Enlightenment political tradition. So maybe the background notion of "respect" for other cultures ("the Other," if I succumb to the … [Read more...]

American Evangelicals Promote Rabid Ugandan Homophobia

Uganda has recently considered imposing insanely draconian laws that would punish homosexuality with death and even imprison landlords who rent to gays or relatives who fail to rat out their gay kin. Who whipped up the homophobic frenzy that led to this madness? You get one guess. Yep. Fundamentalist nitwits, disappointed in their efforts to purge America of godless sodomites, have taken their crusade to Africa. According to Jeffrey Gettleman, writing in The New York Times, last March three … [Read more...]

Danish cartoonist assaulted

Here's the BBC headline: "Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist's home." The intruder appears to a Muslim who wanted to kill the cartoonist, who is one of those who did one of the Danish Muhammad cartoons a few years ago.As with any terror attack, like the idiot underwear bomber, this'll just feed into a media frenzy that will mostly be a distraction from deeper problems. Not that this sort of thing has no effect: I'm sure the fear of offending violent loonies among Muslims has a real … [Read more...]

New Chick Tracts

Here's a nice way to start a new year.One thing you have to say about Jack Chick is that he's not political. Quite a few Protestant conservatives have made a political alliance with Catholic right-wingers. But Chick denounces everybody that disagrees with his narrowminded craziness. There's no need to worry about him being entangled in authoritarian religious alliances. … [Read more...]


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