Not a guy who gets a lot of offers to do TV, but perhaps that’s changing now that he’s been name-checked by Al Qaeda.
Bryan’s post from this morning about atheists and secularists is drawing some attention, so here’s a little equal time for my colleagues in godlessness. First, Bill at INDC wonders how one squares support for Iraqi democracy with blanket condemnations of Islam:
[N]on-distinctive anti-Islam rhetoric fails to acknowledge the realistic solutions to terrorism that have to come from shared humanistic values – be they a desire to stop radical co-religionists from killing innocents or to watch Yasmine Bleeth run down a beach in a red bathing suit. These theological arguments about the structure of Islam, while worthwhile, persistently look past the fact that real solutions will also come from Western cooperation with and within the Islamic world, the former contingent upon the practicality of not wholly trashing our allies’ religious identity.
He then blames the rising tide of American anti-war sentiment partly on, um, Vent.
He pretends that the word Logos can mean either “the word” or “reason,” which it can in Greek but never does in the Bible, where it is presented as heavenly truth. He mentions Kant and Descartes in passing, leaves out Spinoza and Hume entirely, and dishonestly tries to make it seem as if religion and the Enlightenment and science are ultimately compatible, when the whole effort of free inquiry always had to be asserted, at great risk, against the fantastic illusion of “revealed” truth and its all-too-earthly human potentates. It is often said—and was said by Ratzinger when he was an underling of the last Roman prelate—that Islam is not capable of a Reformation. We would not even have this word in our language if the Roman Catholic Church had been able to have its own way. Now its new reactionary leader has really “offended” the Muslim world, while simultaneously asking us to distrust the only reliable weapon—reason—that we possess in these dark times. A fine day’s work, and one that we could well have done without.
Eh. Hitch didn’t like Fallaci, either.
Update: Coulter a big draw for the Christian Coalition!
Update: Clint Taylor e-mails to say Hitchens did too like Fallaci. He just thought some of her writing on Islam was over the top.
Update: Kathy Shaidle e-mails to say I’ve buried the lede in that Coulter link:
In fact, Coulter was upstaged by the man who introduced her, conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher. He described what he said was an off-the-record session with Bush and a gaggle of radio right-wingers, including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
Bush told them “we’ll lose” if the War on Terror becomes a fight between Christianity and Islam, Gallagher said.