I think we can safely call Herman Cain a religious bigot

If the pattern continues Cain will apologize for these comments and say something similarly ignorant a week from now: He did have a slight worry at one point during the chemotherapy process when he discovered that one of the surgeon’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.” “I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign–not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign,” Cain tells the audience. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine! She could see the look on my face and…

Reaction from the Muslim world

A telling sampling, collected by Al Jazeera: Libyan rebels, fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, broadly welcome the news of the death of al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told AFP in an interview that the US killing of Osama bin Laden, not far from the Pakistani capital, was a “great victory”. The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, attending a meeting of Gulf foreign ministers in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, all declined to comment on bin Laden’s death. “An official source expressed the hope of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the…

Good thing James Frey isn’t writing about Muhammad

Disgraced author James Frey, in a new tome chronicling the Second Coming of Christ, depicts the Messiah as “an active bisexual who supports his prostitute girlfriend when she aborts her first child.” Replace Jesus with Muhammad and I think you can guess the consequences in places such as Kandahar. While forcing Frey into hiding might count as a good thing, innocent lives would likely be lost. I bring this up not to to indulge in theological superiority but to consider the impact of such religious fervor on American foreign policy. Wishing it weren’t so and trying to rationalize the inexcusable gets us nowhere.…

Tavis Smiley at it again

The winner of 2010’s worst use of moral equivalence now asserts that it’s wrong for Americans to lecture the Arab world on gender, “as if somehow we treat women better in this country.” Is that up for debate? Fortunately, Bill Maher called Tavis Smiley out on his absurd relativism: “When you tolerate intolerance, you’re not really being a liberal.” Amen. Related Articles Bill Maher Slams Muslim Men’s Treatment Of Women, Gets Heckled By Audience Member (mediaite.com)

Respecting modernity shouldn’t be controversial

Perhaps most controversially, [British Prime Minister David Cameron] called for an end to a double standard that he said had tolerated the propagation of radical views among nonwhite groups that would be suppressed if they involved radical groups among whites. Muslim groups in Britain were quick to condemn the speech, among them the Muslim Council of Great Britain, a major recipient of government money for projects intended to combat extremism. Its assistant secretary general, Faisal Hanjra, said Mr. Cameron had treated Muslims “as part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution.” A Muslim youth group, the Ramadhan Foundation, accused…

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s worst use of moral equivalence

I don’t recall the Columbine killers invoking Jesus’ name as they executed their classmates. And, for the record, Timothy McVeigh was motivated by ideology, not religion. If it makes Tavis Smiley feel better to think his faith is populated by as many dangerous extremists as Islam, fine. There was a time when he would’ve been right. But saying that in 2010 makes him an intellectual coward.

Nothing sane about Yusuf Islam

Why was the Islamic fundamentalist formerly known as Cat Stevens invited to the Stewart-Colbert rally? Salman Rushdie is right to gripe. In my previous post about Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam I quoted Salman Rushdie’s surprise that Jon Stewart had given a starring role at his “Rally for Sanity” to a crooner who had previously opined that Rushdie deserved to die for deciding of his own free will to abandon Islam and criticise its texts. Related Articles “Rally To Restore Sanity” Includes Performance By Islamic Extremist (sayanythingblog.com)