“If you promise a perfect world for all, whether a socialist paradise, a thousand-year Reich, or a verdant afterlife filled with virgins and sherbet, then anyone who stands in the way of it is clearly evil, and unlimited violence can be justified in pursuing it. 'HE WHO CAN MAKE YOU BELIEVE ABSURDITIES CAN MAKE YOU COMMIT ATROCITIES,' as Voltaire said.Everything you sau about Islam is true, Tommy. Interesting then that the government keeps shippng them in, don't you think? Even more interesting is the fact that, though more are speaking out these days, very few iof your compatriots get stuck in in the way they should. Your own piece was nowhere near as spittal-drenched as it should be.
Luckily, most of these utopian ideologies have been discredited or defanged. Few people defend the ideas of racial purity or Marxist historical progress any more. Christians rarely break people upon the wheel or cut people in half for blaspheming. But one ideology seems not to have received this message.
In today's paper, we reported that a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was crediting 'the Prophet Mohammed' as its guest editor. It's an insensitive thing to do, since Muslims hold the Prophet sacred, and many would be offended. But it's not a provocation to violence. Nonetheless, it was a reasonably safe bet that the Charlie Hebdo offices would be threatened with reprisals: and, lo and behold, this morning we report that THEY HAVE BEEN FIREBOMBED. Its website was also hacked, to display the message: 'You keep abusing Islam's almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech. BE GOD'S CURSE UPON YOU!'
No one was hurt, luckily, and the newspaper's editor reckons it will only miss one issue. But the point is this: Hebdo is an anti-clerical paper. Its usual targets are French Roman Catholics. How often do you imagine it is threatened by Catholic fanatics?
I bow to no one in my distrust of all religious morality, especially in politics. As Charlie Hebdo itself put it, in response to the Tunisian Islamist party taking power, which inspired their Mohammed guest-editing joke: 'WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT OF A RELIGIOUS PARTY TAKING POWER IF IT DIDN’T APPLY ITS IDEAS?
Hello, we are the Bolshevik party and if you vote for us we promise never to speak of Communism.' But it would be blinkered of me not to admit that, nowadays, THERE IS ONLY ONE RELIGION WHOSE FOLLOWERS REGULARLY DISH OUT VIOLENCE OVER PERCEIVED OFFENCES. I can all too easily imagine a lot of hissy-fits around Britain at the news that churches are to be allowed to carry out civil partnerships, but I seriously doubt any Anglicans will be firebombing churches.
In a world that has been getting safer, ONE RELIGION IS STUBBORNLY HOLDING ON TO A VIOLENT PAST… It would be nice to think that one day in the not-too-distant future WE IN THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY CAN MAKE BAD JOKES ABOUT MOHAMMED AS OFTEN AS WE DO ABOUT CHRIST, WITHOUT FEAR OF BRUTAL REPRISALS.”
"Few people defend the ideas of... Marxist historical progress any more."
Got that wrong, Tom. Political correctness is alive and well and kicking out with as much evangelical hatred of those who do not bow down before it as ever. Cultural MARXISM, as it was known back then, was born at the Frankfurt School in 1923.
The blank-minded teletubbies who sucked in Ralph Miliband's Marxist philosophy back in the shiny-eyed day have since slithered all the way to the top of the greasy pole. 40 years on, they set the political and media agenda with nu-Marxian globalist relish.
And, really, what are the Muslims but the pet footsoldiers of the above? I can assure you that Marx, Trotsky, Lenin and co. would be entirely happy with the progression of history.
Marx and Trotsky were Jewish, by the way, as were almost all of the original Cultural Maxists. Lenin, himself, had one Jewish grandfather.