Hello waarmie... where have you been hiding?
Nakal but nice
My opinions are permitted to change at any point- and will do so, frequently!
"They are responsible for increased gang violence"
"They want to *reconquer* all of the Southwest for Mexico"
"They brought back bedbugs and gave us exotic new diseases like Chagas and West Nile (despite the name being of a river in Africa)"
"They are lazy/they took our jobs" (These two would outwardly seem to be contradictory, but not in jingo-logic)
"They are taking our women" (Moral panic arguments)
Of course, we've seen this with other groups like the Irish, Italians and Jews. Same sorts of claims over and over again, now even being made by the descendants of the very people whose suffered from such claims. I wouldn't be surprised that Europe has similar claims regarding immigrants.
"Sir Salman Rushdie has said he does not think his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses would be published today because of a climate of "fear and nervousness".
"If you look at the way in which free expression is being attacked by religious extremism, the things of which these people are accused is always the same - it's blasphemy, heresy, insult, offence - it's this medieval vocabulary.
"We're in a difficult place because there's a lot of fear and nervousness around."
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
I watched the Life of Brian yesterday and got so outraged that I planned a protest at the British Embassy, stopped at the pub to gather supporters, had a few pints, forgot why I was upset, had a few more and realized that beer/spirits are the true god and that Indonesia puts an unfair tax on my religious beliefs and practices.... planing a protest next week at the DPR, but may just go to the pub instead.
Is the film offensive in the way than an insult you to one's mother/wife/etc. would be? Or is it offensive in the way that, say, royalty used to characterize republicanism; or slave-holders, emancipation; the Catholic Church, "heresy", that is, a threat to their self-declared monopoly on the truth and the thorn that pricked their grandiose bubble and identities?
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