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!