April 26, 2010

American Hara-kiri

IMHO, the most important event during my blogging hiatus was Comedy Central's censorship of the South Park episodes, 200, and 201, a rip-roaring parody on Islam's stricture on picturing Muhammad. I didn't miss either episode, or the following uproar over Islamists' threat to South Park’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, that the same fate that befell the Dutch film maker Theo von Gogh, for the making of the short film, Submission, a co-production with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, would befall them, too.

I had the satisfaction of millions of viewers vindicating my consistent position that, of all religions, Islam today stands out as the most virulent and totalitarian. The religion is a grave threat to the civilizational progress that humanity has achieved over centuries. I echo every word that New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, wrote in his op-ed piece, "Not Even in South Park?". Here's an extract:

Across 14 on-air years, there’s no icon “South Park” hasn’t trampled, no vein of shock-comedy (sexual, scatalogical, blasphemous) it hasn’t mined...

Our culture has few taboos that can’t be violated, and our establishment has largely given up on setting standards in the first place.

Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing.

This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.

The article is a must read for all the rational fools out there!

1 comment :
  1. I've come to the same conclusion myself not long ago. The question is, why? Logically speaking, all religions should be equally irrational, right? :)
    It seems to me, that the problem begins with the inherent rigidity of Islam. The Bible has been translated into many languages and there are many versions available with innumerable contradictions. Most hindus live their life without reading the Gita and it's hardly a holy book anyway considering it makes little mention of the desires and expectations of God. But Islam has had the same scriptures for 1300 years and it's archaic language means that only the experts can interpret the meaning of the scriptures (very conveniently). They also seem to be less willing to modify, ignore or dilute any of the Qu'ranic verses which is plain absurd. That means that even a moderate muslim is a fundamentalist in the sense that he believes a 1300 year old book dictates his choices regarding ethics and morality. Fundamentalism in turn leads to extremism.

    An excellent debate on this topic is the Hitchens - Tharoor one on 'Freedom of speech', available on Youtube. There, Tharoor makes the same pusillanimous arguments regarding 'feelings and sentiments' before Hitchens buries him with his trademark loquacity. A must watch. You should add it to your playlist.

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