Thursday, February 09, 2006

The EU Joins the Middle East

Congratulation Europe. You have gone from a secular western society to part of the Caliphate (Caliph yet to be appointed but Muammar al-Qaddafi seems interested) with barely a blink of astonishment.
"The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression," he (EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini) told the newspaper (Britain's Daily Telegraph). "We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right."
Just please don't kill us.

Oh and Commissioner, it's called "self-censoring" not "self-regulating". You'll want to get things like that right because if certain people in the Middle East think you are back-pedaling... CHOP-CHOP
His proposed voluntary code would urge the media to respect all religious sensibilities but would not offer privileged status to any one faith.
Rather than offering privileged status to any one faith, privileged status will be awarded to religions in a hierarchical manner based on degree of violence they threaten with extra points being granted to extremely litigious religions. Religions which support secular, pluralistic and humanistic values and do not feel that people should be governed by the taboos of belief systems to which they do not adhere (assuming such religions exist) will be placed on the bottom of the hierarchy and will be told to piss off.

It seems that the best way to get rid of a stereotype like "All Muslims are religious psychopaths" is to enshrine it in official policy with not only the consent but the insistence of the stereotyped group. I guess you learn something new every day.

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