June 28, 2007



Uh, Mark, I think actually the American Humanist Association named Oates Humanist of the Year, not Princeton.


Crap. The perils of late night blogging. Thanks for the catch - fixing it up.

Steven Augustine

Re: The Rushdie Affair Redux:

I was involved in a heated exchange with three or four commenters at the Guardian blogs on the very subject of Rushdie's renewed troubles (I'm very strong against decapitating him, smirk or no smirk; not everyone on that thread was).

What struck me especially was that the same commenters who held the position that deeply sincere death-threats against the writer are *not* to be abhorred as barbaric (in case the would-be neck-trimmers from "another culture" have a righteous beef with Rushdie)...cried foul at my merciless ridicule (though I never once used a word more profane than "idiotic") of their position.

In other words: not being NICE in a comment thread is an unforgivable breech of decorum. Threatening to behead a "blasphemous" writer with every intention of actually doing so, on the other hand...

The counter-intuitive moral hierarchies of the PC Left!

Should Ken Saro-Wiwa have "known better", too?

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