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On either side September 25, 2012

Posted by Ezra Resnick in Politics, Religion.

It’s a joke, right? A parody? A satirical mockery of the suicidal, cowardly, obscene, morally-bankrupt farce that postmodern, politically-correct multiculturalism has become?

The European Union has issued a joint statement with the African Union, the Arab League, and (I kid you not) the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

We share a profound respect for all religions. We are united in our belief in the fundamental importance of religious freedom and tolerance. We condemn any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to hostility and violence. While fully recognizing freedom of expression, we believe in the importance of respecting all prophets, regardless of which religion they belong to.

The anguish of Muslims at the production of the film insulting Islam, posting of its trailer on the internet and other similar acts, is shared by all individuals and communities who refuse to allow religion to be used to fuel provocation, confrontation and extremism.

We condemn any message of hatred and intolerance.

We know that the behaviour of small groups of people does not speak for the larger communities from which they hail; but the damage they can inflict can be considerable. We must ensure that the recent events do not undermine the relationships of trust and respect we have built up over so many years among our peoples, communities and states. The international community cannot be held hostage to the acts of extremists on either side…

We reiterate our strong commitment to take further measures and to work for an international
consensus on tolerance and full respect of religion, including on the basis of UN Human Rights Council resolution 16/18.

Yes, that’s clearly what we need: More respect for religion. Full respect, in fact. For Islam, and Mormonism, and Scientology, and Voodoo, and Wicca — we must respect them all, equally and profoundly. And all prophets, too — no matter what they preach. (Don’t they all preach the same thing, really?) We must take “further measures” against the extremists — on either side — who are holding the international community hostage: those who murder diplomats, on the one side, and those, on the other side, who provoke and incite by posting insulting films on the internet.

It must be a joke, right?

Although, come to think of it, not really very funny at all.

(via Butterflies & Wheels)


1. david - September 27, 2012

“And all prophets, too — no matter what they preach. (Don’t they all preach the same thing, really?)”

seems both a self-contradictory and unenlightened comment. borders on the same kind of demonizing the radical Islamists indulge in.

surely this butterfly has rounder wheels than that.

Ezra Resnick - September 27, 2012

I’m not sure I understand your comment. When I wrote “Don’t they all preach the same thing, really?” I was being sarcastic, since different religions quite obviously do not preach the same thing — even though some people would like to pretend that all the world’s religions preach nothing but peace and love, and are therefore equally deserving of respect.

In any case, admonishing respect for “all prophets” is absurd on its face, since there’s no reason to believe there’s even such a thing as a prophet at all. It’s like demanding respect for all psychics.

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