Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Multiculturalism Is Simply the State Between Different Cultures"

That incisive statement was written by James Lileks. Reminds me of one said by Jerry Seinfeld, "Bi is a city on the way to Gay." Lileks writes this in response to the latest Ann Coulter dust up. I actually saw the whole conversation flipping through the tube. Ms. Coulter makes a statement about Christian belief (hers anyway) and offended the interviewer. Lileks notes:

Every faith that builds on another regards itself as the last word. So Coulter’s remarks weren’t unusual; they were just impolitic. We don’t get into the details, because the details breed friction.

For some, however, anyone who ventures into the thicket of theological disputations is equally suspect, which led a guest on the Medved show today to utter a stupendously idiotic judgment: she found Ann Coulter’s remarks as offensive as a jihadi’s snuff video of Daniel Pearl’s execution. It was an interesting remark, because you could sense the parameters of her intellectual terrain. There is a big comfy warm spot in which the smart and decent people reside, and beyond that there be dragons. If these people believe in the warm mealy notions that hold all cultures equal, and regard the assertion of a culture’s values as the equivalent of passing gas in the museum, you’ll naturally get this. If such a mild assertion merits a visit from the police, then any frank expressions of doctrine will earn the same, until sermons turn into room-temp gruel. But I suspect the efforts of the police will be selectively applied, in order to assure all that the hitherto dominant culture has assumed the supine position the times require.
It's impolitic to say that the Way to enlightenment, Nirvana, heaven, God is through Jesus Christ.

Tolerance.

1 comment:

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