Friday, July 06, 2007

Christopher Hitchens: Don't Mince Words The London car-bomb plot was designed to kill women.

From Hitchen's in Slate which should be read in full.

Hitch may have his issues with God but I'm very certain Lincoln's God is ok with Hitch,
Only at the tail end of the coverage was it admitted that a car bomb might have been parked outside a club in Piccadilly because it was "ladies night" and that this explosion might have been designed to lure people into to the street, the better to be burned and shredded by the succeeding explosion from the second car-borne cargo of gasoline and nails. Since we have known since 2004 that a near-identical attack on a club called the Ministry of Sound was proposed in just these terms, on the grounds that dead "slags" or "sluts" would be regretted by nobody, a certain amount of trouble might have been saved by assuming the obvious. The murderers did not just want body parts in general but female body parts in particular.

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Liberal reluctance to confront this sheer horror is the result, I think, of a deep reticence about some furtive concept of "race." It is subconsciously assumed that a critique of political Islam is an attack on people with brown skins. One notes in passing that any such concession implicitly denies or negates Islam's claim to be a universal religion.

1 comment:

Shelby said...

Bill,

Hitchens' article gives the impression that all Muslims are violent extremists. That is simply not true. There are many Muslims who are devoted to peace and to equality.

Yet, according to Hitchens, the only reason a person would choose not to vilify Muslims is that he or she is afraid of being labeled a racist. In fact, many people, including myself, choose not to vilify Muslims because this kind of stereotyping is unfair and dangerous.

An extreme and violent group of Muslims is in the spotlight right now. But Islam is like Christianity or any other major religion in that it has many adherents devoted to peace and equality, as well as some who are promoting violence and oppression.

Since you mention God in your post, I want to share my own sense of what God may be calling us to in this situation. I believe that God does not want us to think any religion is above being distorted and used for violent purposes. And She does want us to acknowledge the commitment of people from many religions to love and peace.

-Shelby Meyerhoff