Monday, February 06, 2006

Very good Slate article on the Muhamad Cartoon Flap

By Christopher Hitchens. The whole article is here

Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the human form at all. The prohibition on picturing the prophet—who was only another male mammal—is apparently absolute. So is the prohibition on pork or alcohol or, in some Muslim societies, music or dancing. Very well then, let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say. For the moment, all I can do is claim to possess absolute truth and demand absolute immunity from criticism. But in the future, you will do what I say and you will do it on pain of death.

I refuse to be spoken to in that tone of voice [...]

No point in me trying to put it better myself.

Can you say Dhimmitude? Yeah. We had a war over that kind of thing about 150 years ago. It lost.

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