And of course the whole thing was littered with the usual clichéd sneers at anyone to the left of Westboro, and with no notion of the meaning of the word “liberal”.
The Controversial Poster Philoctetes, #6:
I know I’m not quoting Marx accurately, but give me opium any day of the week rather than “the opium of the masses”.
But, as Graham Greene pointed out (Father Quixote), in the C19 opium was regarded as a sedative or soporific, not as a toxic, addictive drug; the Valium of the people.
“Just a spoon…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, A Creationist is Running to Become a Washington State Supreme Court Justice 6 days, 4 hours ago
a private bet
All gods, in fact all occult experiences are private bets, because none of them is objectively verifiable.
eejit commented on the post, Free Speech and Islam — In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali 6 days, 5 hours ago
Reckless Monkey, #33: just concerned about labels or you are concerned about the criticism he is making in general.
Really I’m just concerned that in the less cerebral branches of the media and academe, in what passes for debate in the broad universe of popular discourse, derisive mocking, cliché and deceitful scorn have entirely replaced di…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Free Speech and Islam — In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali 6 days, 10 hours ago
phil rimmer #24
Ah well Phil, I suppose that we can take it no further on that front. Even conceding that the nincompoops about whom Tayler appears to be writing might bear some distant relationship to the left, that’s no grounds on which to base his attack. By use of the sneering pejorative terms listed in #9, he manages to condemn a…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Free Speech and Islam — In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali 6 days, 14 hours ago
phil rimmer, #22: Even in these pages we are beset on occasions by folk reading the apparent tone rather than the reliable content.
Just so Phil, and most of us on this site try hard to stick to reason, balance and politeness, both to each other and to those who don’t share our views. Regrettably these values sometimes slip, particularly…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Free Speech and Islam — In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali 6 days, 17 hours ago
phil rimmer, #11: They tend to be hyper pro social and feel pain for the underdog in front of them and forget the underdog out of sight.
“Bleeding hearts:” another favourite neo-con sneer, but a bleeding heart don’t make you left wing. A bleeding heart is more related to overactive moral compass, excessive empathy and an inability to…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Free Speech and Islam — In Defense of Ayaan Hirsi Ali 1 week ago
For in de facto alliance with regressive leftist
The contrast between the lofty liberal ideals espoused by such leftists and their sordid output
intellectual and moral treason the benighted diehards of the regressive left
That’s from only the first few paragraphs! Sneering, and name calling is the least p…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands 1 week, 4 days ago
Representative Rick W. Allen of Georgia, the Republican who last month read the Romans verse that says of homosexuals “they which commit such things are worthy of death” as the House was about to vote on a gay rights amendment, has not apologized.
Nor should he apologise. It is written in what he would call The Good Book, so it must be tru…[Read more]
Puritanical Islamic sex laws feature a hierarchy of punishment, based on the Koran and the sunnah, or sayings and traditions of the prophet Muhammad, of stoning to death for those who are married and have sex outside of their marriages and “100 stripes,” or lashes, for premarital sex
Ms Nomani writes well and is obviously educated and inf…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Faith in the spotlight as Australians tipped to lose their religion 1 week, 5 days ago
David R Allen #9: The religious conservatives still have the numbers so Turnbull was muzzled on the social issues that made him popular with the wider electorate.
Thanks for the excellent update David. I’ve been out of Australia for eleven years and so I am not really au fait with the ins and outs of current politics. Before you ask,…[Read more]
Imagine the self loathing! A fellow realises he’s gay but is a Muslim. Devout or merely captured by his upbringing; he is a Muslim and sees no way of escape. He is drawn to that which his religion tells him is an abomination. He finds no possibility of solace in the available alternatives. Christianity would shun him in the redneck state…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Faith in the spotlight as Australians tipped to lose their religion 1 week, 6 days ago
How likely is it that non-religious politicians will be emboldened to speak up for non-religious and religious-neutral policies?
During the post war period the main religious issue in Australian politics was anti-communism, centred on opposition to anything remotely socialistic, by the Catholic church. The main figures in this were the…[Read more]
the study of the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.
How on earth, or anywhere else for that matter, can a study be made of the genesis of life in the Universe, when we don’t know if there is any (apart from here on earth)? That’s already being studied fairly comprehensively.
“an interdisciplinary i…
#10: “Bold Bronwen who hails from Machynlleth,”
Do tell us more Phil. Is the Bronwyn in question she who was booted out of the speaker’s chair in Canberra? If so I had no idea that she had Welsh ancestry, all the Welsh I have met are rabid socialists.
phil rimmer #4: I wonder when the product of old white men will be labelled as degenerate?
I don’t know about the work they produced, most of it has been censored or burned at one time or another; remember The Warwick Shakespeare? But most of them were degenerate old buggers, lucky fellas! Creative people always get more opportunities…[Read more]
Erica Taicz, accused the administration of worsening her anxiety:
“I’m paying to have a support network, academically and mentally. I can’t be expected to do well in class if I’m depressed and have anxiety. If the school is worsening my anxiety, that’s their problem and they need to be held accountable for that.”
All the politicians…[Read more]
eejit commented on the post, Pakistani media mocks clerics who say men can ‘lightly beat’ wives 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
Maybe so, but he sure ain’t the type of bloke I’d enjoy having a few pints with. Maybe the media extracting the urine from the Islamic clergy, is the beginning of a chink in the religion’s violently enforced immunity from criticism. Nothing works like taking the mickey!
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