Re: Random House Pulls Book for Fear of Angering Fundamentalists

Yet more capitulation.

This spinelessness is one of the shameful side effects of several centuries of mostly positive liberalism. Its high time for liberalists to seriously begin to address theocratic fascism in general, and islamofascism in particular - the very mention of the term sends most liberal commentators and intellectuals scurrying into the shadows. A comparison I find particularly striking is how easily the entire planet got mobilised against South African Apartheid, yet when it comes to the even more oppressive forces militant Islam, there is nothing but mute silence, apathy and outright pandering to some perceived "moderate" Islamic majority.

The correct response in the case of the Danish cartoons should have been, at the time, simultaneous publication of the cartoons on the front page of every western newspaper, alongside the publication of Islamic depictions of Mohammed throughout history to show the true depth of Islamic hypocrisy in no uncertain terms.

In this instance, Random House should forget about turning a profit for the book, organise a cartel with all other major publishing houses and create a temporary front company to publish it so there is nowhere for a finger to point. And publish it with exhaustive notes citing the same Islamic teachings that are so abused by the Islamists themselves. There is no shortage of scholars to do this.

Recoiling in terror is ultimately the most counterproductive stance Random House and the publishing industry can take.

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Comment by Фелч Гроган on August 14, 2008 at 8:39am
yet I have had a feeling we are entering a time of major conflict (possibly only of the intellect) and this sort of denial of freedom will become more common.

This is a time of transition - its balanced on a knife edge. The time that religion has served a useful purpose, that of coagulating dispersed tribes into functional organised communities, is over. Fall one way, and we fall into the age of intellect - and like it or not, will need something new that is spiritually fulfilling to replace the void left by religion. Fall the other way, another dark age - book burning, purges, ludditism and superstition. All the pointers are in favour of the latter, especially if there is a wholesale economic / energy collapse. The human race is more prone to scapegoating than problem solving. We'll be the ones on the pyres.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on August 14, 2008 at 4:31am
Link now fixed - don't know why. When I just published it, it was appending a 'b' to the url, but when I previewed and then published and it was OK. It did the same thing with an external link in another post. Goes to show, test all links when you post.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on August 14, 2008 at 4:24am
hrrrm, this is the second time A|N has mangled links in a way that can't be fixed. It keeps adding bogus characters to the URL. Try this -
http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topic/show?id=2182797%3ATopic%3A78486

Or goto forums / theism / Random House Pulls Book for Fear of Angering Fundamentalists

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