Today’s mail-bag held a potpourri of postworthy tidbits. Here they are.
First, another step for the U.K. along the path to dhimmitude. It appears that female Muslim hospital staff will be exempt from the requirement to keep forearms bare and scrubbed to reduce the transmission of pathogens. In this latest capitulation, we see once again that there is no good — not even protecting the safety of hospital patients by the practice of basic hygiene — that trumps multiculturalist appeasement, and in particular, appeasement of Islam. How sad it is to see the great British people, recent heirs to the greatest empire in the history of the world, reduced to such pitiful enfeeblement. Story here.
On a related topic, another item that is causing rather a stir is the announcement that the US now considers one of its own citizens — the fundamentalist firebrand Anwar al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico but now lives and foments in Yemen — fair game for assassination. That the US has authorized such measures against one of its own is, to many, the beginning of a very slippery slope. We shall see where this leads.
Back to the UK: it appears that the atheist gadflies Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens will be lurking in the bushes when Pope Benedict pays Britain a visit in September. Despite the fact that the Pope has vowed to bring pedophilia down to “acceptable levels“, Messrs D & H are arranging to have the Holy Father clapped in irons for his part in the global child-molestation coverup. Grab some popcorn.
Finally, if you’re getting the impression that I think religion has brought the world nothing more than conflict, jihad and pederasty, you’re wrong. Yes, to be sure, religion has given us all that and more — but our innate sense of the sacred, finding its clearest expression in the world’s great religions, has also inspired mankind, again and again, to lift itself above the mundane, and to create timeless works of sublime and ennobling majesty.