Monday, April 3, 2017

Waiting for Szego

Fairfax (ex-Australian Jewish News) columnist Julie Szego on Islam:

"A secular society must reject special pleading for religious dogma. And why should the religion that's at this moment in history the most dogmatic be the one shielded from attack and marked 'fragile'?" (Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets up so many people's noses, The Age, 30/3/17)

Given her stance as a fearless defender of secularism against religious dogma, I'm very much looking forward to Szego's next column on these two egregious examples:

"Defense is important and security is important, but the most important thing is the moral claim of Israel. We are committed to go forward with living in our ancient land, land that was given to us not by Google and Wikipedia, but by the Bible." (Communications Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, quoted in Israeli minister: the Bible - not Google - gives Israel moral right to land, Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Post, 28/3/17)

"Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said there were three quick arguments for placing Area C of the West Bank within Israel's borders, all of which centred around the word 'just,' and then mentioned Israel's victory in the Six Day War. 'It was a just war. It is a just defense. But the most important one, it was based on a just claim. A just claim of the Jewish people on [the Biblical areas of] Beit El, Shechem, Jerusalem and Hebron." (ibid)

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