ead scripture as well as someone like Farwell, and take away lessons from it. I follow no pastor, no so called holyman. If I have to face my maker in the end, I'll do it as a man, owning up to my own failings. Not the lame excuse, "but the reverend said it was OK."

Posted by: Mark Edwards at October 4, 2002 10:07 AM

The trial of Michel Houellebecq is the way the EU is going, and it should flash warning signals to all of us. This could never happen here? Don't kid yourselves. This trial is PC all the way and the French surrendered their free speech rights to Brussels a long time ago.

He is on trial for "hurting people's feelings". This is one serious deal. Think about it. Read Hitch's piece but understand that anybody could have made the same complaint and cause somebody to be put on trial for writing an opinion.

Where are the American liberals on this??? Ho Ho that's rich.

Posted by: Howard Veit at October 6, 2002 06:23 AM

One unhappy consequence of this is that [ ] critics often watch what they say, thus leaving the field to [ ], who often attack [ ] in the most scabrous and abusive terms. The next stage is, rather depressingly, a counter-attack by aggrieved [ ] which, rather than exposing the absurd [ ], claim that it is by definition "hurtful" or "offensive" to attack [ ] at all.

A simple bit of of editing/excising in this sentence of Hitchen's piece, illustrates a damning case against what is wrong with much commentary on a host of subjects, when feted through an editorial process of victimology and/or PC thinking, or journalistic *objective balance*.

Instead of dialog and potential consensus, we get polarized debate of the ideological fringes, and meaningless discussion on what should, or shouldn't be said because of *correct thinking* (often changing the subject). I believe in the past year, both Hitchens and Salman Rushdie used the term *bien pensant demogaguery* to describe the phenomenon.

More of Volokh's "in your face with a breath mint", I believe, is called for, and is being provided by the anti-idiotarian Blogosphere.

Posted by: Ray Eckhart at October 6, 2002 09:10 AM
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