Politiken: kritik = had og trusler

På pol.dk idag bringes en historie om, hvordan FN’s Human Rights Council skulle have forbudt religionskritik. Rimelig stærke sager, når man læser overskriften. Og det er der en god grund til. Overskriften – og artiklen – er nemlig stærkt fordrejende. Se nu bare overskriften:

FN: Religioner må ikke kritiseres

Men læser man så i artiklen, hvad resolutionens indhold er, så ser man dette:

Resolutionen opfordrer landene til at ‘yde beskyttelse mod had, diskrimination, trusler og tvang i forbindelse med ærekrænkelse af religioner og ansporing til religiøst had i almindelighed’.

Det kunne være interessant at se, hvordan dette skulle være et forbud imod kritik. Virkelig. Politiken skulle seriøst, alvorligt, se at få styr på sine begreber, for det der er journalistik på et niveau, som Ekstra Bladet sjældent er sunket til. Men okay; Politiken har selvfølgelig fået vist, at de i hvert fald ikke er nogle rundkredspædagogiske halal-hippeier, men at de i hvert fald også kan se stort på almindelig anstændighed når det handler om at svine muslimer.

Der er en kerne af sandhed i Politikens makværk. En resolution, der skal beskytte religioner imod “ærekrænkelse” er en bekymrende gummiparagraf, som kan betyde stort set hvad som helst.

Men i det store hele kan der vel ikke være noget galt med en resolution, der modvirker religiøst betinget had, trusler, forfølgelser og diskrimination?  Desuden skal hverken Danmark eller de øvrige EU-lande eller USA snakke for højt om gummiparagraffer eller knægtelse af ytringsfriheden.

PS: Ole er faldet over den samme artikel, og mener det samme som mig, men han er som altid meget mere grundig

Troubling on so many levels

…that Google’s allegedly context-aware advertising service on Gmail gives me the Advertising text:

Vakre Thai jenterhttp://www.ThaiLoveLinks.comThailandske jenter + norske menn. Se profiler og bli kontaktet-GRATIS
right above an e-mail conversation with my wife. The norwegian text means “Beautiful Thai girls – http://www.ThaiLoveLinks.com – Thailandish girls + norwegian men. See profiles and get contacted – FREE”.
D’uh! I’m a dane – and a married one, for that – living in Sweden! Don’t really know whether to laugh or cry, you know?
Apart from the obvious stupidity of it, the indirect endorsement of  such obviously racist sites, which also seem like an open invitation for white-washing of human trafficking, doesn’t exactly add to my respect for Google.

International Negro Day

March 8th - "Women Appreciation Day"? No thanks...

March 8th – founded as the International Day of Women’s Struggle for equality and suffrage, has in many countries become an international women’s day, celebrating “womanhood” and showing society’s appreciation of women. In some countries, it has even degenerated to a “national day of beauty and motherhood”.

Now, in a couple of weeks, the considerably less known International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed, on March 21st. Imagine that day turned into an “International Negros’ Day”, celebrating “blackness”. Shops advertising negro-stuff, maybe little thank-you-for-being-such-a-fine-negro cards for the negro at the office. Sentimental speeches commemorating the Negro population’s great achievements and contributions to society.

Imagine this in some countries taken the step further, turned into a National Day of Hard Work and Jazz Music.

This is exactly why we cannot quietly let March 8th turn into an International Women’s Day or Day of Beauty and Motherhood.

Humbler than thou!

The guys over at Cosmic Variance always have something interesting to present. This time, Sean has  for some obscure reason been surfing on the Passion For Christ Movement website. What he did there I do not know, but what he found there was golden – in its oewn sad, pathetic way. Passion For Christ Movement proudly presents: the Look-Ma-I-Quit-Masturbating collection!

You lived a life of sin and pride and vanity, you found Jesus and you overcame it. Why stop there? What would be more natural than loudly advertising your new-won humility with a snazzy t-shirt?

Say it loud: Im humble and Im proud!

Say it loud: I'm humble and I'm proud!

When you graduate from High School, you proudly show it by wearing funny hats and stuff. When you – seemingly at a young age – have graduated from the Tough But Loving School Of The Lord, why not show it off in a street-wise fashion? Nothing says “now officially flawless” like this:

I gave self-deception up for lent!

I gave up self-deceit for lent!

A bold statement indeed. My primary conundrum right now is — should I go for ex-rebel or ex-atheist? Tough one. But I can say for sure that this one is not likely any time soon.