today was apparently his birthday.
Soooo.. I was tootling around the blogosphere, and one link led to another and I find out that Tariq Ramadan is giving a lecture at a Catholic University about islam. This is quite interesting, given that islam is pretty much mutually exclusive to christianity – especially catholicism. The catholic writer Belloc considered islam to be a great heresy and devoted a chapter to it in his book called, appropriately enough, The Great Heresies.
Seeing as I’m in Australia and not in Canada, perhaps one of the regular readers here from Waterloo might like to mosey along in March as I can’t attend. That weekend we’ve our own dawafest (facebook page) here in Melbournistan.
It appears that SJU is rather liberal in its catholicism, and Ramadan is a past master at dawah and taqiyya, so I expect there will be quite a few attendees who will go weak at the knees. Unlike Barry Obama, he really is and excellent orator.
For your education and perhaps enjoyment, here is his debate with the late great Christopher Hitchens on whether Islam Is A Religion Of Peace. Hitch scores some nice points, but it’s also worth watching to see how Ramadan works his way around things.
Here is a post I have been avoiding doing all day. Because I truly admire, respect and appreciated this man. Doing this post is forcing me to think about it. I suppose given the courage Hitch lived his life with, the least I can do is face the facts of his death as much as it pains me.
He was one of the very first voices of influence from what could be said to be the ‘main stream media’ to speak about the threat of Islam to the Western liberal world. One of the first to talk about the current threats to freedom of speech. Perhaps the first of the ‘leftist’ journalists of influence to back GWB and the deposition of the dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein while leftists were busy doing everything they could to force Iraqi citizens to continue living under that genocidal maniac. Whether you agree with that action or not, the fact that Hitch had the courage to stand against all his traditional allies and friends and support a widely demonized and vilified president, certainly in popular culture, shows something all to rare.
I do not think I shall look upon his like again. (WS)
RIP Chris Hitchens.
Thank for this one Golem:
Hitch has been to Iran. I give her marks for nerve.
h/t Gates of Vienna
When I was reading the story about ESW and how she is being treated in a way that most of us would consider unthinkable for a modern democracy, I was reminded of a moment in one of my all time favourite speeches by Christopher Hitchens when he spoke in Toronto on the matter of freedom of speech.
I clipped out that bit with a link to the story in the post below about Elisabeth but the whole speech is really worth seeing. It is perhaps, Hitchens at his very best. Check out the 3 minute clip but please do stay and watch the whole thing below. It is well worth it. I have posted it before on Vlad but not since well over a year ago and if you have seen it, it is well worth seeing again.
Eeyore for Vlad.
Dear god please spare Christopher Hitchens. He is a man who the world urgently needs right now. Few people alive have the capacity for lucid analysis as Hitch. He is in the Shakespeare-Churchill league in terms both of analysis and expression of that analysis. His speech in Toronto about freedom of expression is not just brilliant but it is important. This breaks my heart.
Hitchens is always excellent, agree with every word or not:
If the name of George Galloway does not already make you run for the anti-emetics, listen to this for a clear, unobscured description of Georgies interests, his sources of income, his views and ambitions.
Chris Hitchens, if i have not said so before, let me say now, thank you very very much for all you do and say.
This is much more important than most people are aware of. The UN General assembly is considering a binding resolution on member nations (nearly all countries in the world) making it a criminal matter to say anything which may cast Islam in a bad light. This can actually include accurately reporting Islamic terrorists when they themselves expose their motives for their attack.