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No blogging for some
days now, thanks to some idiot cutting into the cable outside the Monash
phone exchange. No phones or e-mail since last thursday. Grrrrr. But I'm
back online now. Back and ready........
Got this e-mail the other day from a big fan...........
Haven't heard from
Francis since. I think he's busy composing love letters to Anna-Nicole
Thanks to my enforced hiatus, I missed out on blogging this truly awful column by Robert Manne.
Manne - Australia's self-appointed professor of White Guilt - continues his Eternal Quest to Convince Australia how awful they are by telling us all to be ashamed of our bigoted western attitudes.
You can guess where this is headed. Manne launches the queasy thesis that because of our respect for equal rights for women, and our justified concerns about islamic fundamentalist culture, we are all islamophobic.....
Manne is shockingly stupid. Does it occur to him that women are killed for not wearing the burka in these culturally wonderful, non-western societies? Does the fact that an enforced cultural tyranny agrees with a certain individual's choice excuse the imposition of a loony, medieval ideology on everyone else? Or perhaps Manne considers multicultural correctness to be more important than such trifling quibbles as being free to wear what you want without being murdered by fundamentalist wackos. Maybe, Robert, resistance to these wonderful islamic practices is a sign of respect for individual liberty, and not racism. Then again, to the likes of Manne, correct ideas have always mattered more than people.
Oh dear. Fancy us celebrating such indulgent trivialities as democracy, equal rights for women, freedom of speech and a vibrant, free creative culture. Islamic societies are not known for any of these things. Fancy us thinking that citizens of muslim societies should enjoy these freedoms. But in the muddled swamp of Manne's moral-equaivalency attitudes, desire for liberty becomes arrogant triumphalism.
Comforting to know even folks with PhD's can pump out such hysterical drivel.
No Robert, expressing a healthy dislike for the cultural wonders of sharia law, female circumcision and dressing women up like The Mummy is not a sign of cultural decay, racism, bigotry, redneck rampages or anything of the sort. It is a desire to guard basic human rights, respect for women, freedom of choice, democracy and free speech. It's an expression of the opinion that people who want to live in this country should respect these freedoms.
Manne should learn
that racial tolerance does not entail respect for deranged cultural practices,
which if enforced by our government, would send our culturally correct
Left into fits of horrified apoplexy. One rule for them and one for us,
eh Robert? So much for racial equality.