Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Conrad Black on Islam

I know a lot of people in Canada would prefer to see their political enemies in jail, which is probably why they relish the prospect when it comes to Conrad Black. However, love him or hate him, you don't often find this kind of intellectualism published in our most common newspapers and magazines.

As for what he has to say about the current state of Islam, one only has to view the events of the last few weeks to know that too many of its adherents, including political leaders, want us to simply shut up when it comes to saying anything bad about their religion. And they're willing to use violence to make us shut up, too. So, when Mr. Black suggests that we have a problem on our hands, and that we — Muslims and non-Muslims — shouldn't back away from trying to confront it intelligently and meaningfully, I think he may have a point.

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