Many teachers think so; others think A-Levels help all students to succeed. At what?… Read the rest
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Censorship in the West bolsters the moral authority of leaders in the Middle East to censor their own citizens.… Read the rest
‘Muslims of the world be reasonable,’ wrote Mr Momani, so no wonder he got busted.… Read the rest
More. It keeps getting worse and worse and worse, as more people drop to the ground and display their pale soft bellies beseechingly, all the while crooning melodic horseshit about their profound respect for free speech as long as no one ever actually uses it for anything.
The Guardian believes uncompromisingly in freedom of expression, but not in any duty to gratuitously offend…To directly associate the founder of one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions with terrorist violence – the unmistakable meaning of the most explicit of these cartoons – is wrong, even if the intention was satirical rather than blasphemous.
Freedom of expression, huh huh huh, but don’t go gratuitously offending now. Don’t offend unless … Read the rest
Condemn threats and violence as a way to silence criticism and satire.… Read the rest
It allows people to create their own definition of respect and require us to observe it.… Read the rest
Unashamed, noisy, public solidarity, lest the forces trying to impose a totalitarian ideology win.… Read the rest
Against teasing ‘the founder of one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions.’… Read the rest
One thing to assert the right to publish, another thing to put that right to the test. Oh.… Read the rest
No one could seriously claim to recognise the Prophet in images drawn by Danish cartoonists.… Read the rest
Vatican says right to freedom of expression does not imply right to offend religious beliefs.… Read the rest
Back to the real world, where cartoons ‘are’ representations of Mohammed – some depressing oxymoronism from Jack Straw. Of course we respect free speech, but you can’t say that; of course everyone has a right to free speech, but no one can insult religion. Well which is it, bub? It ain’t both! I’m not a free speech absolutist, as I’ve said many times, but this idea that free speech is okay as long as it doesn’t offend anyone is sheer jam tomorrow. If we can’t say anything that might offend someone, our speech is pretty damn restricted, isn’t it!
Speaking after talks with the Sudanese foreign minister, Mr Straw said: “There is freedom of speech, we all respect that.
Wait, hold on – something has just crossed my tiny mind. These cartoons – that are so ‘offensive’ because they are cartoons of Mohammed – how do the people who are so offended know they are cartoons of Mohammed? There aren’t, like, photographs of him, right? Not to mention the fact that it’s a no-no to make pictures of him anyway, so that if there were photos of him, they’d all have been thrown away by now. But surely it’s much more likely that they weren’t taken in the first place, and that drawings, paintings, watercolours, engravings, etchings, and silhouettes were not made either. And even if they had been they’d probably be pretty dilapidated by now. Pretty crumbly and … Read the rest
Right, I’m going to go on being predictable for awhile. Can’t be helped.
Sarah Joseph in the Guardian for instance.
The battle is set, of religious extremism versus freedom of speech. These are the lines drawn, or so we are told, in the escalating tensions worldwide surrounding the printing of images of Muhammad in Denmark and elsewhere in Europe.
That’s not how I would draw them, actually. That is a little too predictable, and it’s also not quite the point. It seems to me the battle is between the idea that religion should be immune from criticism and the idea that it should not be. Or, perhaps, it’s between the idea that ‘sensitivities’ and feelings of being ‘offended’ and desires … Read the rest
It included three obscene caricatures that had nothing to do with Jyllands-Posten.… Read the rest
By rejecting reason, Heidegger severed the pivotal link between insight and emancipation.… Read the rest
‘We wanted to show how deeply entrenched self-censorship has already become.’… Read the rest
A survey of the European press on the cartoons.… Read the rest
One striking feature of these events is the remarkable absence of sensible dialogue.… Read the rest
Last week this article in the Indian magazine Frontline reported that the Hindu Right’s attempts to rewrite California school textbooks on India and Hinduism were meeting with strong resistance from renowned historians and scholars in the U.S. and abroad. Steve Farmer is one of those scholars; he reported on that resistance and the smear campaign against another of them, Michael Witzel, on a listserve last December, and gave B&W permission to publish a slightly updated version. There is recent news here.
Part I: The California Textbook Issue
The smear campaign aimed against Michael Witzel is meant in retaliation for
the critical role he has played since early November – in
collaboration now with hundreds of Indian and Western researchers … Read the rest