Friday, January 12, 2007

Reflections on 100 Hours Part 2

Some early-morning thoughts on Queries in response to the Bill Moyers interview with Salman Rushdie:

Rushdie posits that the fundamentalist viewpoint that morality springs from divinity is a blind-spot. Is Rushdie's reliance on intellectualism (reasoned debate, thoughtful discussion) a similar weakness given humanity's consistent abandonment of reason for emotion, comfort, and promises of safety?

Rushdie states that it's easy to pretend to be culturally sensitive while actually bowing to intimidation (Danish cartoon's portrayal of Mohammed). Is resisting intimidation a good enough reason to be culturally insensitive?

Do American attitudes towards flag-burning parallel Muslim attitudes towards insulting portrayals of Mohammed?

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