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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 13,573
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: The Week in Blog: Lightning Is Delicious (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

Hitchens on heaven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f40TRJl5vvI

"When I was in prep school, I used to wonder what heaven would be like if it really did consist of everlasting praise. Sounded...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-17-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,559
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Christopher Hitchens, Bomb Thrower?

Hitchens was never a regular contributor to TNR; indeed, I can't recall having ever read anything of his in the magazine. I saw him sneer once on C-SPAN when TNR's name was mentioned (this was in his...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-12-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,377
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Science Saturday: Civilized Violence (Maggie Koerth-Baker & Jessa Gamble)

Good point. They seemed to have relatively little to say about the voluminous evidence that Pinker has marshaled (one exception: an observation about possible misclassification of certain societies...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-31-2011, 06:40 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

I'm with Rushdie, et al. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4764730.stm):

Islamophobia is "a wretched concept that confuses criticism of Islam as a religion and stigmatisation of those who...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-25-2011, 02:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,791
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
The Avengers?

Political journalists and bloggers in the 25-35 age range seem strangely fascinated by comic books and comic book-inspired movies. How many BH.tv episodes have ventured into this territory?

A few...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,082
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Texas Forever (Amanda Marcotte & Joshua Trevino)

Well, yeah. But the question is why.

You can't point to a disparity like this and simply announce that it's a product of [insert preferred economic policy here] without considering, e.g., the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,082
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Texas Forever (Amanda Marcotte & Joshua Trevino)

Does Amanda Marcotte have any evidence for this interesting claim that the drug trade has materially affected not only the Texas economy, but the economic indicators (e.g., job growth) that have led...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-09-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 23,933
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Slavering Sanctimonious Panopticon Edition (Michelle Goldberg & Rebecca Traister)

What a bizarre argument.

Imagine two politicians, Senator Bikepath and Senator Christian, who agree on two things: adultery is bad, and so is wasting energy.

But while Senator Christian won his...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-18-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Yes, also classics of the genre.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-18-2011, 03:52 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Not for the first time ...



My Calvin and Hobbes reference actually had nothing to do with the complexity of your instructions, although now that I reread it, it's clear why you thought it did....
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-18-2011, 03:35 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Emphasis added. Bold statement. Can't imagine how that could be right.

At any rate, you're certainly correct that there are many differences between, say, Sweden and Egypt that transcend religion....
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 11:02 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

For some reason this reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where Hobbes says, "you have to be trilingual to read these instructions."
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 10:16 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

This is seriously the kind of analogy you tend to hear.

Iran and Saudi Arabia execute gay people? Well, DADT was only repealed this year!

Women in many Muslim countries are required to wear...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 10:03 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Well, I assume you've read more of the commentary here than I have, so I'll take your word for it.

For my views on civil rights and the stereotyping of American Muslims, I can direct you to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Well, I certainly gleaned what you were getting at.

It's almost impossible to criticize Islam with without some well-intentioned secular liberal trying to draw you into a debate about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

He does, and is not responsive to evidence.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2011, 12:19 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Relevance?

I was simply commenting on the point you've now conceded, which had nothing to do with Christianity.



I tend not to generalize about "all" adherents of any big and diverse...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-16-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

And here's why:

Your argument seemed to be that it's equally implausible that [insert wholly unfounded and implausible myth about the Jews here] and that an imam somewhere would issue a wacky...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-16-2011, 08:20 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Sniffing the ... something

Your "equivalent" is plainly not.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-15-2011, 04:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: Sniffing the Zeitgeist (Sarah Posner & Michael B. Dougherty)

Oh, I just meant that:

(1) The Koran contains all sorts of unattractive stuff; and at any rate,

(2) there is no good evidence that many of the signal events described in the Koran happened as...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-15-2011, 09:04 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: Sniffing the Zeitgeist (Sarah Posner & Michael B. Dougherty)

As usual, Sarah Posner seems to see zero connection between criticism of Islam and Islam itself.

I will merely assert as a matter of fact that some people find Islam troubling based on (1) its...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-10-2011, 01:01 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,485
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: American Muslims and American Jews (Abdullah Antepli & Jack Bemporad)

Obviously newspapers should engage in editorial oversight. But the animating concern or evaluative criteria should not be whether something is "gratuitously offensive" -- which is the language Bob...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,485
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: American Muslims and American Jews (Abdullah Antepli & Jack Bemporad)

Ah yes, my wording may have been inartful. I merely meant to suggest that Canada, like many European countries, has been dealing with tensions associated with Muslim immigration. Worthy of note:
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Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,485
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: American Muslims and American Jews (Abdullah Antepli & Jack Bemporad)

The "what's so bad" side was right on the substance -- and it certainly didn't become wrong simply because the same cry was taken up by hypocrites. It'd be a shame to back the wrong side in a debate...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2011, 07:57 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,485
Posted By Wm. Blaxton
Re: Values Added: American Muslims and American Jews (Abdullah Antepli & Jack Bemporad)

I could quibble with some particulars in there, but we mostly agree.



I'm not quite sure what you're saying here, and I also don't recognize this as having been Bob's underlying point. It is...
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