Sunday, July 27, 2008

Speaking of Ian Birchall ...


it's worth taking a look at his essay, "So what is secularism?" in which he calmly, patiently dismantles the arguments of the loopier kind of anti-religious obsessive from an impeccably Marxist standpoint.

His withering dismissal of the leftist pretensions of secularist fundamentalism is bang on the money:

" ... As any observer of French political life knows, laïcité has all too often served as an alibi for those who have been willing to make disrespectful jokes about the Virgin Mary to cover up for the fact that they aren’t prepared to fight any real social grievances."

It makes me think of La Venomball, for some reason. Can't think why.

3 Comments:

Blogger voltaires said...

... notwithstanding that he's an utter twat trying to justify the SWP's support for "anti-imperialist" lash ups with Islamism of course. Oh no.

8/03/2008 6:43 AM  
Blogger Merseymike said...

Oh, always suspect anyone who claims to be both left wing and religionist....

8/07/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Quite so, Merseymike and if you're you always suspect the Vatican and always be on your guard. We could be invaded at any moment, remember.

8/08/2008 4:42 PM  

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