Tuesday, July 31, 2007


"Why are we so scared of offending Muslims?"

I don't agree with Christopher Hitchens very often. He asks a question, however, that I've asked myself at least 1,000 times: Why are we so scared of offending Muslims? Hitchens says it's about time Muslims take responsibilty for offending those of us who don't happen to believe that God revealed himself to an "unlettered merchant in seventh-century Arabia":

"It is often said that resistance to jihadism only increases the recruitment to it. For all I know, this commonplace observation could be true. But, if so, it must cut both ways. How about reminding the Islamists that, by their mad policy in Kashmir and elsewhere, they have made deadly enemies of a billion Indian Hindus? Is there no danger that the massacre of Iraqi and Lebanese Christians, or the threatened murder of all Jews, will cause an equal and opposite response? Most important of all, what will be said and done by those of us who take no side in filthy religious wars? The enemies of intolerance cannot be tolerant, or neutral, without inviting their own suicide. And the advocates and apologists of bigotry and censorship and suicide-assassination cannot be permitted to take shelter any longer under the umbrella of a pluralism that they openly seek to destroy."

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