This was going pretty good till you got to the "Existential Malpractice" part. How many more times are we going to hear the pious lie that guys like Hitchens and Dawkins have "done a good deal to set back the clock on real skepticism?"
@caw_caw I agree. Paul Ryan in particular shouldn't be able to go out in public without being loudly criticized by concerned citizens for the rest of his natural life.
@E I don't think the problem is whether Taibbi knew what he was doing (hopefully he did), but how the publication of the letter appears to members of the gen pop. It just doesn't look *all that great.*
On Things Of Note That Have Happened In Central Florida In The Last Three Weeks, According To The Orlando Sentinel Breaking News Team
I laughed heartily at this list. Great work!
"Though apostasy has a long history in texts on Islamic law, its treatment has not differed essentially from its conceptualization in the second century of Islam [...] Muslim scholars, on the whole, have remained faithful to the law of apostasy as it exists in pre-modern Islamic legal texts."
"The majority of Muslims jurists argue that once a person becomes a Muslim, it is not permissible to change religion. To flout this is to commit the 'crime' of apostasy, and the person doing so should be put to death."
--Prof Abdullah Saeed, Freedom of Religion, Apostasy, and Islam.
While I don't think most 'sensible' people are denying that Shari'a is a diverse set of beliefs and opinions as opposed to a uniform doctrine (as the author of this article points out what seems like one too many times), there are certain tendencies in mainstream Islamic legal opinion about as anti-Liberal as it gets, and no amount of 'Gee, aren't those yokels in Tennessee ridiculous' can make that disappear.