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Sep 23 2013

Feminism is not an excuse for your racism, Pat Condell

I confess, I liked his early anti-religious rants, but as he became steadily more irate about the brown hordes invading Britain, I tuned him out…until now, when I happened to run across his latest video. Holy crap, what a racist cretin.

He’s chewing out those

…”progressive” feminists who confidently challenge everyday sexism but who are struck deaf and dumb by Islamic misogyny…they turn a blind eye to religiously endorsed wife-beating, forced marriage, honour killing, genital mutilation, organised rape gangs, sharia courts that treat women as less than fully human, and little girls forced to dress like nuns.

Turn a blind eye to Islamic misogyny, or you’ll be a racist, you racist.

Way to go, Pat! Teach those strawfeminists a thing or two!

I really don’t know of any feminists who think anything on that list is at all acceptable. Who are these mysterious feminists who have no problem with honor killing or rape gangs?

I’m looking around at my circle of progressive feminists — is it Taslima? Maryam? Ophelia? Sikivu? Heina? He seems to be flinging about wild accusations with no basis in fact here; it’s hard to even imagine a woman not deeply indoctrinated into Islam who would excuse murdering other women for infidelity, for instance.

I don’t see anyone turning a blind eye to Islamic misogyny. I do see plenty of conservative racist dorks turning a blind eye to the fact that the majority of the victims of Islamic misogyny are Muslim women, and using the abhorrent tactics of Islamic fundamentalists as an excuse to blame all Muslims for their pain.

Really. Pointing out that many Islamic cultures formally endorse hateful policies is not racism; looking at every immigrant and assuming they’re there to rape ‘your’ women is.

This kind of backward, ugly attitude towards women prevails throughout much of the Islamic world and it’s being deliberately imported wholesale into western society unchallenged and uncorrected thanks to the insane “progressive” view that all cultures are equal, except, of course, for western culture, which is inferior, and this is making life more dangerous for women.

You know that backward, ugly attitude? Islam didn’t invent it. We’ve got plenty of it to go around in the western world as well. To assume that it’s being imported by brown people into a white civilization that is innocent of sexism and misogyny is, well, racist.

It’s also a reflection of an attitude Pat seems to miss. Saying that Western culture is not necessarily superior to other cultures is not implying that we’re inferior. The attitude I see among progressive feminists is that fundamentalist Islam is well and thoroughly fucked up, as is fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Judaism, and maybe we should reject all of that garbage.

The progressive part, of course, is that we also recognize that Muslims are human beings and they deserve equal rights. That’s the equality I endorse. Maybe Condell is confused because he thinks they don’t deserve that?

And now this is flaming racism.

Norway and Sweden used to be among the safest for women. Now they’re best known for their high levels of Islamic immigrant rape that nobody in power wants to acknowledge or do anything about that because that would be racist.

Consequently, Norwegian and Swedish women are no longer safe in their own countries, for cultural reasons. Indeed, Sweden has been so “enriched” by Islamic immigration that its women statistically have a 25% chance of being raped in their lifetime.

Oh, god. That is so dishonest; this is the kind of lies fed to a racist public by right wing tabloids. Sweden does have a remarkably high rate of reported rapes. But that’s because, as a progressive culture, they’ve taken great care to document all cases of sexual abuse. Nothing gets swept under the rug.

But that is a misconception, according to Klara Selin, a sociologist at the National Council for Crime Prevention in Stockholm. She says you cannot compare countries’ records, because police procedures and legal definitions vary widely.

"In Sweden there has been this ambition explicitly to record every case of sexual violence separately, to make it visible in the statistics," she says.

"So, for instance, when a woman comes to the police and she says my husband or my fiance raped me almost every day during the last year, the police have to record each of these events, which might be more than 300 events. In many other countries it would just be one record – one victim, one type of crime, one record."

Condell is holding the conscientious record keeping of Swedes against them. This misleading statistic has been widely reported, so there’s no excuse for this lie…unless he gets all of his news from the Daily Mail.

And to imply that this surge of Swedish rapes is a consequence of raping hordes of Muslim immigrants is simply unconscionable. Given that between one in five and one in six women in America (and one in three if you’re Indian!) will be raped in their lifetime, with the more stringent requirements for counting an act as rape here, a figure of one in four for Sweden does not sound remarkable in comparison. Remarkable that it’s so damn high, but not remarkable in that it’s so high everywhere, even in the US, where we can’t blame it on an invasion of Muslim rapists.

Wait, you do need a cherry on top of all this racism, don’t you?

So forgive me for being blunt about this, girls, but there are more important things to get angry about than offensive language on twitter or sexist comments about your appearance.

Fuck you, too, Pat. We can be angry about genital mutilation and honor killings at the same time we’re angry about cranky old racists who are still fussed about every new wave of immigration since the Normans, and about sexist dudes who think they should be given a free pass on calling women “bitches” and “cunts” because they can find someone else who did something worse. We’re also quite capable of evaluating the relative harm of each of those without you falsely telling us that some of them do zero harm and must be ignored. You don’t get to tell me what I’m allowed to be enraged over, and let me assure you, I’ve got enough anger at all of these cultural toxins to go around. My fury encompasses whole worlds, and you’re right there in the list with mullahs and popes and KKK members and Republicans and assholes on youtube and members of UKIP and the English Defence League.

Boy.


Rebecca Watson seems to be somewhat sarcastic, but wow there are some similarities here.

Why are all your speakers older white men?

We asked several women and people of color to participate but unfortunately none were able to make it. We’re not sure why, but it’s a shame because we were planning a workshop with Richard Dawkins titled, “Things Marginalized People Should and Should Not Be Angry About: Everyday Bigotry (No) and Religion (Yes).”

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  1. 1
    John Kruger

    I doubt women in general mean anything more to Condell than points to score against Islam. You want to talk about sexism in the western world, oh no! We have to talk about what he thinks is important, what those women say is sexism does not matter.

    I stopped caring about what this jackass had to say years ago.

  2. 2
    SallyStrange

    Could have been written by Dawkins. It’s his exact approach. Islam = bad sexism. Refusing to engage in xenophobic hatemongering about Muslims? You must not care about Islamic sexism! Paying attention to the problems that affect non-Muslim women as a result of non-Islamic sexism? Shut up whiny bitches, those Muslims ladies have it so much worse!

    It’s a recipe for inaction at home (presuming your home is in the UK or USA) and prejudice towards immigrants and foreigners living in Islamic countries.

  3. 3
    Jenna Stewart

    cranky old racists who are still fussed about every new wave of immigration since the Normans

    I am SO stealing this.

  4. 4
    NateHevens, resident SOOPER-GENIUS... apparently...

    I never listened to Pat Condell because of Richard Coughlan. He did better than anyone at showing how Pat was just a huge racist asshole.

  5. 5
    Hank_Says

    Oh, for fuck’s sake, Pat. “This thing over here is worse than what you’re complaining about right now, so you should only complain about the worse thing”? Did you really just pull another fucking “Dear Muslima”?

    Cretin indeed. Tedious, lazy cretin.

    I un-subbed from Pat’s Red-top Rants a while ago. Every time he’s been mentioned since then has re-re-re-confirmed that I did the right thing.

  6. 6
    Al Dente

    Condell claims not to be a bigot but his blatant Islamopobia puts the lie to that. He also claims to be a centerist, however his support of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) shows he’s firmly on the right.

  7. 7
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    So forgive me for being blunt about this, girls, but there are more important things to get angry about than offensive language on twitter or sexist comments about your appearance.

    Dear Muslima…

  8. 8
    sharkjack

    Pat Condell:

    So forgive me for being blunt about this, girls, but there are more important things to get angry about than offensive language on twitter or sexist comments about your appearance.

    Of course there’s the infantilizing use of the world girls, as well as a generally condescending attitude. Is it so hard to at least appear to be on the same side as the people you’re trying to convince while you’re directly talking to them? Appearantly it is. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  9. 9
    Inaji

    So forgive me for being blunt about this, girls, but there are more important things to get angry about than offensive language on twitter or sexist comments about your appearance.

    That would be women, Pat. Gee, Dear Muslima certainly gets around.

  10. 10
    grayhame

    A lot of what Pat has to say (in other videos) is bang on, but I agree with you PZ. I’ve never met his brand of feminist, and I don’t think he has either. He loves making stawmen and then lashing out at them. It’s easy to do and you can leave out all nuance.

  11. 11
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    ninja’d by sharkjack on my 2nd point.

    My first was, why do racists have to be so immune to evidence?

    Oh, right. If they were able to rationally judge evidence, they wouldn’t be racists. Duh.

  12. 12
    Noah Smith

    I’m from the U.K. This is how racism rolls here. Pat’s been racist from Day One.

  13. 13
    laurentweppe

    Who are these mysterious feminists who have no problem with honor killing or rape gangs?

    He’s speaking in Wingnutglote: “feminists who have no problem with honor killing or rape gangs?” in Wingnutglote translates as “feminists who think that honor killing or rape gangs does not grant old white guys the right to treat people of muslim descent like shit” in English.

    ***

    I do see plenty of conservative racist dorks turning a blind eye to the fact that the majority of the victims of Islamic misogyny are Muslim women

    It’s also obvious to anyone who give a fuck that a great many muslim women have done way more to undermine mysoginist wives beater than the racists dorks club, especially the european racists dorks who long for the “good old days” of the colonial empires when one rich european could go in Muslim majority countries and treat the locals like their collection of fucktoys.

  14. 14
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Monitor Note

    Please avoid insults that depend on sexed body parts. Even when those insults also appear in the OP.

    Thanks.

  15. 15
    Marcus Ranum

    It’s ‘cuz straw feminists are the ones that are easiest to argue with.

  16. 16
    xaverius

    Did he say something about Arabs (which make 14% of Muslims, by the way). No. He talked about Muslims and Islam. This has nothing to do with race and there is no hint of racism for Pat, at least in that video.

  17. 17
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    Yeah, for me this guy is quite simple: “Hey, Muslim women! I care about you so much that I’m going to tell you every one of your male relatives is a terrorist rapist waiting to get at my white women. And when I’m done liberating you girls, you can come here and make and fetch me a sandwich with a beer on the side like a girl oughta, to show me how grateful you are. Oh, and while you’re fetching my slippers, if you’re going to be on your knees anyway…”

    And then he looks puzzled when feminists don’t flock to his banner.

  18. 18
    laurentweppe

    @ xaverius

    Cultural determinism fucking IS racism.

  19. 19
    Jessie

    This man’s brain has rotted from exposure to the Daily Mail.

  20. 20
    Ingdigo Jump

    Did he say something about Arabs (which make 14% of Muslims, by the way). No. He talked about Muslims and Islam. This has nothing to do with race and there is no hint of racism for Pat, at least in that video.

    So are you an idiot or are you presuming I am?

  21. 21
    Ingdigo Jump

    It’s really funny how many say Sikh and all are attacked mistaken for Muslims due to this “not racism”

  22. 22
    dereksmear

    @ xaverius

    Actually, he was raving on about Arabs in his videos on Israel. Now, what was it he said in one of them? I think it was something along the lines of “Arabs can’t do democracy”. Sounds racist to me.

    That recent lie of Condell’s about Sweden’s rape stats isn’t the biggest whopper he has told. He once claimed that all the rapes in Oslo were committed by Muslim immigrants. This was a total lie.

    Dawkins really needs to stop supporting the guy.

  23. 23
    Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    xaverius @16:

    So your defense of Condell is that he’s “only” a xenophobic bigot in ways that by some technical definition aren’t racist? (And then people wonder why “Islamophobia” is a word. It’s because when we call people on anti-Muslim bigotry, they insist that they aren’t exactly racist and expect that to convince people that this form of prejudice and discriminatory behavior is acceptable.)

  24. 24
    Louis

    Years ago I saw a couple of Pat’s videos and thought “wow, this isn’t too bad!”. Then I saw a couple more of Pat’s videos, ones dealing with Islam, and thought “wow, this guy’s a massive racist!”. He went in the “shithead pile” after that. I need more massive racists in my life like I need a hole in the head.

    Louis

  25. 25
    Rich Woods
    cranky old racists who are still fussed about every new wave of immigration since the Normans

    I am SO stealing this.

    Pah! I’ve still got my worries about the Jutes…

    Heh. It makes you wonder how far back Condell would want to go. As sad and desperate as the whole matter is, Islam has mostly just been a favoured target of the far right for the last dozen years. That’s not to say his attitudes aren’t wrongheaded, vicious, hateful and destructive, but if he didn’t have Muslims to attack he would have found someone else. Neanderthals, probably. “Coming over here, hunting our deer, seducing our women and laying flowers on their graves…”

  26. 26
    Hank_Says

    xavierus quoth:

    Did he say something about Arabs (which make 14% of Muslims, by the way). No. He talked about Muslims and Islam. This has nothing to do with race and there is no hint of racism for Pat, at least in that video.

    Fine, so under an extremely charitable definition Pat’s not a racist.

    Just a xenophobic bigot then.

    Understood.

    If you’re a lawyer, remind me to never hire you, ever.

  27. 27
    billzfantazy

    Well that’s the first I’ve heard of Pat Condell so I’m basing this comment just on what I heard here. I’m a socialist atheist, so I’m probably at the opposite end of the political spectrum to Pat, who probably is racist as well as having a bee in his bonnet about feminism.
    However I do believe the point he makes about Islamic misogyny and the lack of opprobrium towards it is well made. It’s not that this misogyny is never criticised, it’s just that it seems to be put into the same category as Texan bible bashers trying to ban the teaching of evolution in schools, when in fact it is, by several magnitudes, worse than that.
    I think Richard Dawkins has started to speak out against the more medieval aspects of Islam and it’s about time more atheists, feminists, humanists or just plain people did the same.

  28. 28
    dogberry

    Sorry guys and gals, but being muslim is not belonging to a particular race. The majority of muslims in the world aren’t arabs, and anyway arabs are caucasians like most of the highly-privileged westerners posting here. Presumably an atheist ought to be able to criticise Islam and muslims without being accused of the sin of racism? Not much point in being an atheist if you can only criticise relatively harmless catholics and their eucharist. You may ban me now and I’ll be glad of it.

    [Your wish is my command. --pzm]

  29. 29
    Graculus

    still fussed about every new wave of immigration since the Normans,

    to be fair, parts of my family are still cranky about the Normans.. but not bothered about the brown people.

  30. 30
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    dogberry

    See #26

    Then kindly fuck off.

  31. 31
    Walton

    Condell has been a virulent racist and xenophobe for years. To offer just one illustrative example from an earlier video: in “Goodbye Sweden,” he says “no country has done more to embrace the multicultural nightmare… I mean dream… than Sweden”; accuses the Swedish government of trying to “wipe their culture clean out of existence”, fearmongers about the imagined danger of Sweden becoming “the first European Islamic state”, and asserts that it is “now unconstitutional to uphold Swedish values in Sweden”. He goes on to allege that immigrants are responsible for an increase in rapes in Sweden, saying that Sweden is now “the rape capital of Europe” and explicitly linking this to “immigrant Islamic culture”, and argues that “[w]hen you allow millions of people to immigrate from places where they mutilate their daughters as a matter of course, where they kill them in a heartbeat over some twisted sense of honour, and where rape victims are treated as criminals, it doesn’t take a genius to know that you’re going to be importing these values and attitudes as well, wholesale, unless you take steps to prevent it.” This is, virtually verbatim, the kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric we hear from xenophobic movements such as the British National Party and the English Defence League. It’s the same old tabloid racist tropes.

    I’m glad to see that his racism is now being called out more frequently within the atheist community, and I am particularly glad that PZ wrote this post. A few years ago Condell was very popular with atheists, and was even endorsed publicly by Dawkins.

  32. 32
    boskerbonzer

    Dear Mr. Condell:

    Thank you so much for setting me straight on my progressive feminism! There are just so many icky things going on in the world, and I’m so overwhelmed by the numbers of my own countrymen who rape, beat, kill, torture and mentally abuse women here that I can’t help but think that stopping that should be my main priority. But I can see now that being upset when men try to silence women who speak out about it by calling them bitches, cunts, whores, etc., etc., and threatening them with unspeakable acts, is really a stupid thing to concern myself with. I’m such a silly goose!

    I know how busy you are, but if you could find just a few minutes could you PLEASE make another video with bullet points prioritizing what my concerns should be? So far, I have learned that I shouldn’t be supportive of Islamic misogyny. Thanks so much! I detest Christian misogyny, but apparently I don’t hate Islamic misogyny quite enough for your taste. Please also include instructions on how I should go about stopping that. Surely you have a plan or you wouldn’t be spouting off, blaming feminists for turning a blind eye. What course of action do you have in mind? Should the world outlaw religion? I’m all for that! I await your insightful response with bated breath.

  33. 33
    dogberry

    Thanks, Daz. But why does the title of this thread include the word ‘racism’?

  34. 34
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Sorry guys and gals, but being muslim is not belonging to a particular race.

    Sorry idjit, it doesn’t stop anybody claiming muslims are bad as being labeled racists, which is synonymous with bigots here in the USA. Trying to be a stupid philosopher on definitions shows you are an apologist for racism and bigotry, and is a ploy of the MRA cult. Stop apologizing, and start criticizing those who should be criticized. The racists, bigots, and misogynists.

  35. 35
    PZ Myers

    Read this sentence from the OP very carefully.

    Pointing out that many Islamic cultures formally endorse hateful policies is not racism; looking at every immigrant and assuming they’re there to rape ‘your’ women is.

    Do you understand it?

  36. 36
    PZ Myers

    Also read this one:

    You know that backward, ugly attitude? Islam didn’t invent it. We’ve got plenty of it to go around in the western world as well. To assume that it’s being imported by brown people into a white civilization that is innocent of sexism and misogyny is, well, racist.

    Seriously, do you people even bother to read what I wrote before making stuff up about it?

  37. 37
    Walton

    As for the hairsplitting over whether his attacks on Islam are racist: yes, they are. Muslims may not be “a race”, but that doesn’t mean that rhetoric about Muslims and Islam can’t be racist. (Asylum-seekers aren’t “a race” either, but the Daily Mail‘s hateful rhetoric about asylum-seekers is still racist.) Muslims in Britain are a minority group strongly associated – both in the public imagination, and to a large extent in demographic reality – with certain immigrant communities of colour. Given this, the far right’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is often a convenient cipher for racism. Their real intention is to push an agenda of excluding immigrants and foreign cultures from Britain – which is, more-or-less by definition, a racist agenda.

    It’s also galling when Islamophobes suggest that we on the left are turning a blind eye to misogyny, abuse and coercion in the Muslim world. Not so. Quite the opposite – we fight against anti-immigrant policies because those policies harm the victims of these abuses. Anti-immigrant policies have caused a situation where asylum-seekers who have fled violence, including Islamist violence, are detained in hellish detention camps like Yarl’s Wood, put through a traumatic interrogation process, accused of lying, and threatened with deportation. Women who have suffered abuses like rape, domestic violence, forced marriage and FGM are put through a second traumatic ordeal at the hands of the British state. Condell says not a word about that: because he doesn’t care. His agenda is not about protecting Muslim women from abuse, it’s about excluding Muslims and Muslim culture from Britain, because he is a racist. He’s using Muslim women as rhetorical props to push an agenda which directly harms them.

  38. 38
    Hank_Says

    PZ, to the word-lawyering apologists for bigotry:

    Seriously, do you people even bother to read what I wrote before making stuff up about it?

    That was rhetorical, right?

  39. 39
    dogberry
  40. 40
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Re Walton @36

    This, straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were, is well-worth reading.

  41. 41
    dereksmear

    @Walton

    ‘This is, virtually verbatim, the kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric we hear from xenophobic movements such as the British National Party and the English Defence League. It’s the same old tabloid racist tropes.’

    Indeed, Condell is an EDL supporter.

  42. 42
    jefrir

    If someone is ranting about how immigrants are going to destroy civilization, and they are focusing this rant on a group that is overwhelmingly non-white, “racist” seems a pretty fair term for them. The fact that Islam is not actually a race is a fact that is pretty irrelevant and usually ignored by the racists – because the racists are usually utterly ignorant and/or going for plausible deniability.
    Also, if he had been talking about “Arabs” in the context of the UK, that would just add to the “ignorant” assumption, because Muslims in the UK mostly come from Pakistan and Bangladesh, and are therefore not Arabs. And “Arab” is a cultural, rather than a racial, grouping.

  43. 43
    Rossignol

    PZ said:

    Seriously, do you people even bother to read what I wrote before making stuff up about it?

    dogberry said:

    I’m sorry, but I don’t.

    Welp! I guess that answers that.

  44. 44
    Hank_Says

    Thanks Walton @36.

    In Australia we have a similar problem with asylum seekers (many from Sri Lanka and the Middle East, some fleeing war zones we’ve contributed to) being treated similarly detained, often for years, in shitty tent camps on nearby islands (not in Oz, because the previous Labor (nominally centre-left) government removed the Australian mainland from our “immigration zone”) without charge, without recourse, without hope of getting a visa at the end of it and often without their children (who are also detained). The previous and newly-elected Liberal (conservative) governments engaged in a race to the bottom over who could demonise asylum seekers the most in order to gain votes. Slogans like “stop the boats” and promises to “tow them back” have been part of the rhetoric for years, and it all appeals to the barely-concealed racism that permeates discourse in this country. It began with conservative PM Howard’s appalling lies during the Tampa crisis and his manufactured “children overboard” controversy of 2001; things have only become worse since then.

    The sad thing is that during the first real influx of “boat people” from Cambodia and Vietnam in the early 80s, the rhetoric was racist but not nearly as bad, the people weren’t treated like criminals and these days SE Asian people are as common a sight on Australian streets as those of Mediterrannean descent who began arriving in the 1950s. Now, thanks to Howard and the opportunistic racial profiling that followed 9/11 (indulged in by both sides of politics), we’re stuck with a legacy of demonising asylum seekers to the point where they’re tried, convicted and sentenced never to receive protection in Australia.

    It’s a stain on our nation that our governments won’t live up to their humanitarian obligations or even up to international law; just as attitudes like Pat’s are a stain on atheism and freethought. His kind of bullshit bigotry is commonplace in Australia – it’s often dressed up as concerns for national security or outrage over “queue jumpers” or “illegals” – but it’s bigotry at its core.

    /tangent

  45. 45
    PZ Myers

    Dogberry was banned, as he himself suggested, and then immediately reregistered under a new email account. Now gone.

  46. 46
    imthegenieicandoanything

    The guy’s a misogynist, and he does what real misogynists do: blame women (all) for his hatred and fear of them.

    He can simply fuck off like the rest of ‘em lying, cowardly would-be (I hope he just imagines it, anyway!) wife beaters and young girl molesters.

    And, yes, I’d bet those are fantasies he entertains, regularly.

  47. 47
    imthegenieicandoanything

    Lumping Dawkins as being exactly like this no-good is really low, and uncalled for. Quite low, and simply wrong.

    Boys and girls! Am I tired of the new HATE RICHARD! cultists here. They really are darn unreasonable.

  48. 48
    Walton

    Lumping Dawkins as being exactly like this no-good is really low, and uncalled for. Quite low, and simply wrong.

    I wasn’t saying that Dawkins is on a par with Condell: he certainly isn’t. But he did explicitly endorse Condell a few years ago, and as far as I know has not apologized for doing so or retracted his endorsement.

    Dawkins, although a great biologist, is a terrible sociologist, and has a habit of making ignorant and ill-reasoned comments about Islam and racism. He seems to be clueless about the ways in which his anti-Muslim comments can be (ab)used by the far right to support their own agenda.

  49. 49
    Hank_Says

    Genie @47

    Boys and girls! Am I tired of the new HATE RICHARD! cultists here. They really are darn unreasonable.

    Who and who?

    And how precisely does a number of people disagreeing with specific things Dawkins has said and specific attitudes he’s displayed constitute a cult? Take your histrionic hyperbole hat off and try again.

  50. 50
    A. Noyd

    imthegenieicandoanything (#47)

    Lumping Dawkins as being exactly like this no-good is really low, and uncalled for.

    Yeah, it’s not like Dawkins has ever brought up the plight of Muslim women as a dismissal of a Western woman’s experience with misogyny. It’s not like he’s even once judged, say, unwanted sexual advances in enclosed spaces as “zero bad” because women elsewhere in the world get their genitals sliced off. Nope, never. Drawing a comparison between the two of fellows is wholly unwarranted because they have no points in common, especially not where it comes to patronizing, minimizing, anti-feminist rhetoric.

  51. 51
    No One

    I am very disappointed in you Pat.

  52. 52
    Endorkened

    Pieces of an idea are beginning to come together in my mind… I may be about to go on a relevant, but slightly rambling and far-reaching tangent. Who here has heard of the Utility Monster?

  53. 53
    mnb0

    “Saying that Western culture is not necessarily superior to other cultures is not implying that we’re inferior.”
    I have always felt that the superiority of Western culture consisted of the ability to criticize it’s own weaknesses and to do something about it. From this point of view Pat Condell and the likes actually undermine that superiority.
    Sweden seems to understand this.

  54. 54
    xaverius

    @laurentweppe

    Cultures =/= race. Any inmigrant can adapt to any culture no matter the color of his skin.

    @dereksmear

    If he did mention Arabs (not skeptical, I simply can’t tell beacuse I haven’t seen all his videos) that way, yeah, that sounds pretty racist to me.

    @Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    What’s technical about ‘no races mentioned, therefore if it’s something, probably something bad, it isn’t racism’? Seems pretty straightfoward to me, and not a defense by the way.

    @Hankstar [Antipodean Antagony Aunt]

    Did I say something about defending him? I was just pointing out a inappropiate adjetive out of nowhere in a fairly common misunderstanding that still puzzles me.

    (Insert lame comeback about not hiring him for whatever job reading comprehension or interpretation are good for here)

  55. 55
    Hank_Says

    Xavierus

    You were making a distinction without a difference, cluttering up the thread with irrelevant pedantry.

    And if you don’t want people to think you’re defending bigoted arseholes, try not to appear as though you’re defending bigoted arseholes by, erm, coming to their defence over piffling fucking trifles.

  56. 56
    karmacat

    We Western women could focus more on other women’s plights if these asshats would stop calling us bitches, etc, of propagating everyday sexism. So, you Pat, are the reasons we have to fight sexism and misogyny on both fronts. Does anyone know if Pat boy is doing anything for these women in other countries? Because if he isn’t, he definitely needs to shut up and listen.

  57. 57
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    xaverius #54
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    Cultures =/= race. Any inmigrant can adapt to any culture no matter the color of his skin.

    Lovely job missing several points there cupcake. The most salient one is that those who rave about the Muslim threat tend to focus their ire almost exclusively on Muslims of Arab or North African descent, and often presume anyone who looks to them like they are of Arab or North African descent is likewise presumed to be a Muslim. This is why we point out that they’re acting pretty fucking racist.

    What’s technical about ‘no races mentioned, therefore if it’s something, probably something bad, it isn’t racism’?

    The fact that it ignores all manner of context and treats every statement as completely isolated from every other statement.

    Did I say something about defending him? I was just pointing out a inappropiate adjetive out of nowhere in a fairly common misunderstanding that still puzzles me.

    I can only assume that this is due to either deliberate blindness or massive privilege-based ignorance. It’s not a conclusion that’s at all hard to arrive at if you’re paying the faintest bit of attention.

  58. 58
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    You were making a distinction without a difference, cluttering up the thread with irrelevant pedantry.

    And if you don’t want people to think you’re defending bigoted arseholes, try not to appear as though you’re defending bigoted arseholes by, erm, coming to their defence over piffling fucking trifles.

    I deeply heart this comment.

  59. 59
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Cultures =/= race. Any inmigrant can adapt to any culture no matter the color of his skin.

    That depends on the messages that culture has about people with his (or her….?) skin color.

  60. 60
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Did I say something about defending him? I was just pointing out a inappropiate adjetive out of nowhere in a fairly common misunderstanding that still puzzles me.

    Oh, hey, didn’t think I’d have to reuse this so soon:

    “It happened in that big city on the Thames which was once the capital of a worldwide empire and is notable for features like that one famous clock tower…”
    “Okay, so it happened in London.”
    “I NEVER SAID ‘LONDON!’”

  61. 61
    SallyStrange

    Lumping Dawkins as being exactly like this no-good is really low, and uncalled for. Quite low, and simply wrong.

    If one were to assert that Dawkins is “exactly” like Pat Condell, then one would indeed be “simply” wrong. Because that is a very simplistic notion, that the two might be exactly alike, and of course they simply are not exactly alike, and thus the notion is simply wrong.

    However, what I asserted–and yes, I am the one who went there, right out of the gate–was that it “could have been written by Dawkins,” which I think is not an unreasonable proposition to anyone aware of the controversy Dawkins has courted by expressing statements prejudiced against Muslims and belittling towards feminism and social science. The fact is that there is a commonality to the views they share. That there is a commonality ought to give Dawkins pause. And anyone who supports him, too.

    Of course, the fact that you had to distort the actual claim (Dawkins and Condell have commonalities) into something it wasn’t (Dawkins and Condell are exactly alike) in order to express your disapproval should also give you pause.

    Boys and girls! Am I tired of the new HATE RICHARD! cultists here. They really are darn unreasonable.

    You know what I am tired of? “Dear Muslima.” Pitting women against each other. She is worse off, so YOU shut up. I was tired of it before Dawkins wrote it. I am tired of it now that Condell is spouting that tired old propaganda again. I am tired of Dawkins’ fan boys and girls trying to ape his pedantically condescending, sarcastic style without the intellectual chops to back it up. I am tired of science conferences with organizers who are too damn lazy to look up some lady scientists on the google machines. I am tired of rape being a global epidemic.

    I am sick and tired of being sick and tired, as Fannie Lou Hamer said. So you’ll pardon me if I simply note your tiredness and continue on without any change.

  62. 62
    karmacat

    I am having a fantasy of having a feminist UN force. This UN force could go around the world fighting sexism and misogyny using humiliation instead of violence. So everyday sexism would get a wedgie. I think Pat Condell has earned a few wedgies. They could make certain Islamists wear burqas. If a person physically harms a women, then he or she has to clean her house for a week with a toothbrush. It helps me to have these silly fantasies when I feel frustrated with how the world is sometimes

  63. 63
    A. Noyd

    Azkyroth (#59)

    Cultures =/= race. Any inmigrant can adapt to any culture no matter the color of his skin.

    That depends on the messages that culture has about people with his (or her….?) skin color.

    Also, there’s a lot of racism involved in who is expected to adapt to which cultures. White people worldwide are both given far more leeway in failing to adapt to different cultures and offered far more accolades for any success. I mean, by tradition, white people are colonizers. Adaptation isn’t our thing; imposition is.

    And that’s not even factoring in how a lot of PoC immigrants don’t necessarily want to move to a different country but feel it necessary. White people, on the other hand, more frequently immigrate out of a desire to experience someplace different.

  64. 64
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Cultures =/= race. Any inmigrant can adapt to any culture no matter the color of his skin.

    Tell it to Pat “When you allow millions of people to immigrate from places where they mutilate their daughters as a matter of course, where they kill them in a heartbeat over some twisted sense of honour, and where rape victims are treated as criminals, it doesn’t take a genius to know that you’re going to be importing these values and attitudes as well, wholesale, unless you take steps to prevent it” Condell.

  65. 65
    unclefrogy

    besides the violent emotion that racists display the thing that stands out and I find both appalling and surprising, is how openly expressed is the almost total irrationality
    I mean it is from fantasy land
    there is no exception either

    uncle frogy

  66. 66
    Endorkened

    To one side while I wait for a response,
    @Xaverius 54:
    What Dalillama said. And on a more coldly pragmatic note, as tempting as it is to just let the various insane murder cults kill each other off, the fact is that believers are intrinsically unstable. If they were rational, the Christians and the Muslims would have worked together to herd all of us into camps decades ago–that alone should give us pause and make us think about how they act and why.

    I won’t deny for a second that Islam is abhorrent–nobody here will. It’s an Abrahamic, Yahwist faith–it consists solely of slapping a beard on the darkness in your own mind and praying to it. But the particular hatred of Islam by non-atheists, especially other Yahwists, is usually deeply rooted in racism, cultural privilege, or both.

    Consider what happened after the Boston Marathon. Islam was never targeted–Islam is invisible. What was targeted was brown skin, beards, and headcloths–the things that people THINK are a mark of Islam. Nobody noticed the cute, vaguely Eastern European looking white boy with the jewfro–they were too busy gunning down Sikhs, who are an utterly harmless religious minority in the States, but, what with the turbans and the impressive facial hair, have the extreme misfortune to look more like our cultural stereotype of what a Muslim looks like than many actual Muslims. The same thing happened to the poor stiffs after 9/11–and something tells me Wade Page did not shoot up that Gurdwara because he had some specific theological bone to pick with the Guru Granth Sahib. I think it’s reasonable to say to the contrary that he is, to echo Dalillama, pretty fucking racist.

    You understand why this is a problem now? It’s wonderful to notice that religion is a moral poison that lies at the heart of almost every social ill you can name*–but what’s more important is to realize how it warps even the people who just live here. You can’t think rationally when all the data is prefiltered for you by media outlets who want you to be scared all the time and peers who secretly suspect that abortion is a plot to lower the white birthrate.

    And trusting these people to target only dangerous fanatics in their hunt for the enemy is a historically questionable strategy.

    *With the possible exception of ageism and lookism. That’s presumably the ghosts of your H. habilis ancestors screeching in your ear.

  67. 67
    tyros

    The “Muslims aren’t a race” argument reminds me of an argument I’ve spotted a few times in the wild, that because race is a social construct no one and nothing can actually be racist. *shudder* I mean, it’s racism; no one said it had to be rational. Are people just blissfully unaware of the tabloid-racism of the “invading brown Muslim hordes”?

    (of course not)

  68. 68
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Tyros, #67:

    I had a friend who used “Yellow Peril” as her online ‘nym back in the 1990s. I’m sure she’s just waiting for us to boil this down into something catchier. “Muslim extremists” and “Islamists” don’t have quite the same ring to them. Even your “invading brown Muslim hordes” example loses something in the comparison. Maybe our racists just aren’t quite as rhetorically skilled as yesteryear’s racists?

    Sadly that won’t make it easier to convince the racist followers to switch directions.

  69. 69
    Endorkened

    @Tyros 67
    That’s another point scored for the pro-Postmodernist, we-need-jargon-so-WE-know-what-we’re-talking-about camp. There are so many asterisks that belong in any sentence about race that would specifically address that argument if they were made explicit.

  70. 70
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    When I was an undergraduate, a popular shirt on campus said “social construct” with an arrow pointing up at the wearer’s head and a second pointing down at their crotch.

    “Social construct” is not synonymous with “nonexistent or otherwise powerless.”

  71. 71
    SallyStrange

    “Social construct” is not synonymous with “nonexistent or otherwise powerless.”

    Money is a social construct.

  72. 72
    kittehserf

    Pah! I’ve still got my worries about the Jutes…

    What have the Romans done for us?

  73. 73
    A. Noyd

    SallyStrange (#71)

    “Social construct” is not synonymous with “nonexistent or otherwise powerless.”

    Money is a social construct.

    Actually, several different varieties of social construct mashed together into an arch-construct. Yet, strangely, the people who claim race isn’t real because it’s a social construct never want to hand over all the cash in their wallets to me.

  74. 74
    sciencenotsuperstition

    Fuck you, too, Pat. We can be angry about genital mutilation and honor killings at the same time we’re angry about cranky old racists who are still fussed about every new wave of immigration since the Normans, and about sexist dudes who think they should be given a free pass on calling women “bitches” and “cunts” because they can find someone else who did something worse. We’re also quite capable of evaluating the relative harm of each of those without you falsely telling us that some of them do zero harm and must be ignored.

    OK, I get it. PZ is angry about both heinous misogynistic acts such as genital mutilation and also angry about misogynistic comments. Being angry about one does not preclude being angry about the other. And saying something bad is not excused by finding someone who said or did something worse. I understand all of this. What I don’t understand is why misogyny has become such a major focus of this blog. Pharyngula used to be about promoting science and debunking pseudoscience. And about promoting critical thinking and debunking supernatural claims. What happened?

  75. 75
    anuran

    “Most Muslims aren’t Arabs, and Arabs are Caucasians which means White and privileged, so Islamiphobia doesn’t have anything to do with racism. And besides, They deserve it because they’re all degenerate foreigners who act funny”

    What a load of self-serving disingenuous crud.

    Some Arabs have pale skin. Plenty don’t. And that really doesn’t matter. Race, as we’ve all seen about a thousand times, is a social construct. 200 years ago the Irish weren’t White. Now they are. 100 years ago Jews and Italians weren’t White. Now they are. In Apartheid South Africa Asians weren’t White except for Japanese who were. In the US and to some extent Europe Arabs weren’t White until fairly recently. Then they were. Now they are becoming non-White again, even the Christian and Jewish ones.

    Muslims have been constructed as a single group, and there’s a very strong racial slant to the hatred.

    It’s not like the haters make much of a distinction. They’re all Brown and Bad (well except for a few White race-traitors who convert to heathen ways). It doesn’t matter that Muslims in the US are MORE likely to identify first as Americans, second as Muslims which is pretty much the reverse of our Evangelicals according to the Pew poll a while back. It doesn’t signify that Muslims are the vast majority of the victims of terrorism worldwide and have pretty darned negative attitudes towards the practice overall. They’re the Evil Inhuman Other and must all be considered murderous Wogs except for a few “good” Mohammedans who do as they’re told and acknowledge the superiority of White Culture in all ways.

    Even the bit of the rhetoric I could stomach before turning off the video plays to the racist tropes. They’re Not Like Us. They’ll never be like us. They’re going to steal and rape Our Precious White Women. They’re savages, not quite human. This cranky old dim-bulb doesn’t make any distinction between a Research Associate at USC, a hillbilly from Yemen, a British cop, a blissed out pacifist Sufi, a Boko Haram thug or the Indian guy who makes killer samosas in a food cart downtown. They’re all exactly the same to him.

    The degree of condescension towards Muslim women, especially Muslim feminists, is appalling. The Old White Man knows about your problems better than you do. And he knows what’s best for you. The first thing you have to do, missy, is give up your horrible religion and your disgusting language and your filthy culture and your father, your husband and your brothers because the Magical White Guy says they’re bad for you.

    It’s beyond his comprehension that these women know exactly what’s wrong or have any useful ideas about how to fix it. Nope. They’re simply ignorant children who need to shut up and do what he says. And when his country invades theirs, bombs their cities, sets up a puppet government and tries to steal their nation’s wealth they should be grateful, dammit!

    Does this shit sound familiar?

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    Send forth the best ye breed—
    Go send your sons to exile
    To serve your captives’ need
    To wait in heavy harness
    On fluttered folk and wild—
    Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
    Half devil and half child

    Take up the White Man’s burden
    In patience to abide
    To veil the threat of terror
    And check the show of pride;
    By open speech and simple
    An hundred times made plain
    To seek another’s profit
    And work another’s gain

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    And reap his old reward:
    The blame of those ye better
    The hate of those ye guard—
    The cry of hosts ye humour
    (Ah slowly) to the light:
    “Why brought ye us from bondage,
    “Our loved Egyptian night?”

    Take up the White Man’s burden-
    Have done with childish days-
    The lightly proffered laurel,
    The easy, ungrudged praise.
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years,
    Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgment of your peers!

  76. 76
    toro

    Consequently, Norwegian and Swedish women are no longer safe in their own countries, for cultural reasons.
    Pat, as a Norwegian I’ve had my fill of “Europe is being Islamificated” drama queens. If I wanted to play the “what about” game, I might advise that you look to your own native country, whose “Catholicification” certainly doesn’t improve the safety of women.

    I can’t agree with Dawkins’ description of Condell: “Nobody can match his extraordinary blend of suavity and savagery. With his articulate intelligence he runs rings around the religious wingnuts that are the targets of his merciless humour. Thank goodness he is on our side.”

    Suavity? Intelligence? “Our” side?

    Three years ago, I was surprised and disappointed when the Dawkins website featured a news story with a headline stating that German chancellor Angel Merkel had said: “Germany Will Become An Islamic State.” This was quickly shown to be a gross distortion of her comments, and the “story” linked to an extreme far right/Christian website! The moderators duly apologized after some negative comments, but the fact that the “story” appeared on the website at all without being checked points to something being very wrong.

    In short, show a little care when choosing your bedfellows. “The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend” and all that.

  77. 77
    toro

    D’oh! First sentence in the above post should be a blockquote – that’s Pat talk.

  78. 78
    anuran

    It’s a fine line to walk for all of us. Yes, I think the world would be better off with a lot less religion, especially Salafist or Charedi or Evangelical or BJP Hindu Nationalist or Randroid Capitalist for that matter. I can look at a woman from New Square or Kabul or some Quiverfull community and say to myself “That God of yours is a no-good abusive putz.”

    But when an outsider comes and says “Everything you define yourself as is disgusting and primitive. If you were smart you’d give it up and be just like me,” he is not going to win many hearts and minds. What he’ll get is an understandable “Fuck you and the mule you rode in on, White Man.” If the outsider is from a country that colonized or recently invaded the listener it shouldn’t be surprising if the message is rejected out of hand, even violently.

    Change from within, done by the people within the culture with their knowledge of the situation and what needs to be done is much more effective and long-lasting than the Seagull Approach (fly in, make a lot of noise, crap all over everything and fly off) by outsiders no matter how well meaning. Encouraging and helping indigenous solutions is almost always the way to go. Offer advice when asked, resources as appropriate, experience when it’s called for. But ultimately it’s Muslim women who will have to live with the results in Muslim countries. Their indigenous knowledge and concerns must not be discounted.

  79. 79
    lpetrich

    So Pat Condell considers Islamist sexism the only sexism worth worrying about? Would he like it if someone told him not to whine about his pocket getting picked because it’s not as bad as being robbed at gunpoint?

    Turning to “go back to where you came from!” xenophobia, I once imagined what people in what’s now England might have said over the centuries.

    1066 CE: Those Normans should go back to where they came from!
    800 CE: Those Danes should go back to where they came from!
    450 CE: Those Angles and Saxons and Jutes should go back to where they came from!
    43 CE: Those Romans should go back to where they came from!
    500 BCE: Those Celts should go back to where they came from!
    2700 BCE: Those Beaker people should go back to where they came from!
    4000 BCE: Those farmers should go back to where they came from!

  80. 80
    seranvali

    1. Straw feminism. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single one of us who isn’t outraged by the abuse of women wherever it happens to be.

    2. We have a really bad habit of wanting to meddle in culturally difficult situations and mending matters worse. Some of us have learned that we shouldn’t be meddling in complex situations, often hindering the indigenous feminist movement. What I think needs to be done is to support the indigenous feminism because they know a hell of a lot more about the complexities of their situation than we do. The last thing they need is for us to go in there on white chargers to “rescue” them, trampling on all the good work they’ve already done and depriving them of their agency in their own lives.

    We need to help them do what they know they need to do. Money, training, scholarships, moral support, friendship, encouragement, whatever they need but not to take matters out of their hands because “white people know best”. Quite simply: we don’t and to believe we do is mindboggling cultural arrogance.

    3. We talk about these issues all the time. We know it happens and we disagree vociferously and we want to help but we can’t know the best way to proceed in dealing with it. Only the people already at work within the culture know that.

  81. 81
    skemono

    In Apartheid South Africa Asians weren’t White except for Japanese who were.

    That’s my favorite piece of trivia for showing how race is a social construct. Up to 1962, Japanese were “colored”. Then the discrimination against them that entailed became economically and politically inconvenient, so it was just decided they were white!

  82. 82
    blf

    skemono, Ha! I wasn’t aware of that example of the silliness of apartheid. My un-awareness is a bit embarrassing, as apartheid, or more accurately, anti-apartheid was one my Big Causes at the time…

    Incidentally, I just call Pat’s and Dawkin’s shite bigotry (so yes, they are both bigots). Avoids the silly nit-picking about “racism”, Arab, Muslim, islam, misogyny, xian, raping children cult, and what-have-you-isms…

  83. 83
    laurentweppe

    And how precisely does a number of people disagreeing with specific things Dawkins has said and specific attitudes he’s displayed constitute a cult?

    – Huh… you know you should’nt pur Dawkins on a pedestal and indulge in Hero Worship
    – Shut Up you hatefum dawkinsophobe cultist!

    ***

    as a Norwegian I’ve had my fill of “Europe is being Islamificated” drama queens

    And of course, “Europe is being Islamificated” is often used by rich guys as code words for “The plebs are outbreeding us!“.

  84. 84
    Nick Gotts

    I’m from the U.K. This is how racism rolls here. Pat’s been racist from Day One. – Noah Smith@12

    Condell has been a virulent racist and xenophobe for years. – Walton@31

    QFT. British racists – even members of the BNP, the leadership of which is Nazi in ideology – tend not to go in for the explicit use of racial epithets, and to cloak their racism in “cultural” terminology. This is probably partly because the UK has laws against “inciting racial hatred”, but I think goes beyond that, since explicit assertions of racial superiority/inferiority are not illegal. What part such laws have played in making such assertions socially unacceptable, I don’t know. They were more recently extended to cover inciting religious hatred, but Condell’s spew is unlikely to land him in court, as in practice the laws only get used in the most extreme cases.

  85. 85
    Jafafa Hots

    Welfare isn’t a race, and neither is royalty.
    So the GOP’s dishonest cries about “welfare queens” are totally not racist!

  86. 86
    observer17

    Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to change cultural beliefs. Accordingly, if you bring in people with certain beliefs then you have to live with the results. As Khan notes:

    “As you can see, Western European Muslims are much more conservative than the general population. Or, more accurately they’re much more reactionary and culturally alien. The reality is that the status quo in Western Europe is toward acceptance of homosexuality without the sort of debates we have in the United States. Interestingly you can’t even calculate a real ratio for British Muslims to the general public, not one British Muslim surveyed would admit to homosexuality being morally acceptable. When it comes to white European attitudes toward Muslims some of it clearly boils down toward racism, but the fact is that most Turks are no more colored than many Southern Europeans, and Britain’s Punjabi Sikh population of working class origin is the source of less tension than Britain’s Punjabi Pakistani Muslim population. There are complex feedback loops at work. Muslim immigrants bring a lot of geopolitical baggage because of the nature of the Muslim world. But, we can’t pretend as if the Islamic world also doesn’t have its own particular suite of values which makes it distinctive.”

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/12/admissions-of-illiberalism/

    If Western countries continue to allow large numbers from those countries to enter then invariably they will end up having the same problems? Also, note that already many jewish people are having to leave Western countries due to hostilities from Muslim communities. You have to face reality.

    “Former Dutch EU commissioner says “recognizable” Jews are no longer safe in Netherlands due to Muslim anti-Semitism.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/I-see-no-future-for-Jews-in-the-Netherlands

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/127076/the-very-real-jewish-exodus-from-france

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/7278532/Jews-leave-Swedish-city-after-sharp-rise-in-anti-Semitic-hate-crimes.html

  87. 87
    Michael Raymond

    PZ, come on! He’s not anti-brown people. He’s trying to stand up for our Western values where women are not forced into marriages, where teenage girls aren’t removed form their homes and thrust into some stranger’s house as his live-in slave, where women aren’t stoned to death for getting raped. There is nothing wrong with our Western values in comparison to the primitive, religion-soaked tripe that the Muslims are dragging into Europe.

  88. 88
    Mike Stephenson

    It is absurd to deny that feminists downplay Muslim depredations. They do it routinely.

    Condell is spot on, as usual.

  89. 89
    Jafafa Hots

    #85, that same argument was used in the 1830s against Irish immigrants.
    And it gets reused with a different group as its target every generation or so.

    Here in the US, there’s really only one thing in our culture that hasn’t changed at all over 200 plus years – the grandchildren of one wave of immigrants’ complaints about the current wave. That’s a constant.

  90. 90
    Jafafa Hots

    And here they come…

  91. 91
    brucegorton

    Pointing out that many Islamic cultures formally endorse hateful policies is not racism; looking at every immigrant and assuming they’re there to rape ‘your’ women is.

    Pretty sexist too – considering the sentence construction implies ownership of women, which is precisely the sort of thing he criticizes “Islam” for.

    Personally I would use the term xenophobia – because that is what it is when you get right down to it. Condell doesn’t really want to deal with the “evils” of Islam, he wants convenient ‘foreign’ villains he can point to in order to distract people from the fact that his way of thinking isn’t all that different.

  92. 92
    brucegorton

    Strange, my quotebox didn’t come out there.

  93. 93
    Nick Gotts

    Here come the racists – a general alert has clearly gone out.

    observer17@85,
    The fact that one of your sources is a former leader of the vilely racist VVD (something you preferred not to mention) tells us a good deal about you. As for your other sources, they are remarkably free of hard evidence. Of course antisemitic acts should be condemned and, where they cross into illegality, severely punished, but those who have a long record of antisemitism, the far right, are now prominent in attacks on Muslims: their pretended concern for Jews is as hypocritical as their pretended feminism.

    Michael Raymond@86,
    You’re a lying racist scumbag, just like Condell. Condell has described the EDL, which is chock-full of Nazis and other racist thugs, and makes a habit of attacking the police as well as anyone they suspect of being Muslim, as “having a healthy regard for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.

    Mike Stephenson@87,
    No actual examples, I note.

  94. 94
    Rutee Katreya

    He’s not anti-brown people.

    Statement assumes facts not in evidence.

    Pointing out that many Islamic cultures formally endorse hateful policies is not racism;

    In theory, no. Ignoring your own culture’s and focusing entirely on other people’s, as Condell does, is.

    2. We have a really bad habit of wanting to meddle in culturally difficult situations and mending matters worse. Some of us have learned that we shouldn’t be meddling in complex situations, often hindering the indigenous feminist movement. What I think needs to be done is to support the indigenous feminism because they know a hell of a lot more about the complexities of their situation than we do. The last thing they need is for us to go in there on white chargers to “rescue” them, trampling on all the good work they’ve already done and depriving them of their agency in their own lives.

    We need to help them do what they know they need to do. Money, training, scholarships, moral support, friendship, encouragement, whatever they need but not to take matters out of their hands because “white people know best”. Quite simply: we don’t and to believe we do is mindboggling cultural arrogance.

    This.

  95. 95
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    People like Condell and all those who defend this bullshit aren’t really concerned about women and misogyny. You can pretty much tell by their reaction whenever they get called out on it or when feminists try to raise any topic.
    The mistreatment of women is just a convenient tool to spread their message of hate and bigotry.
    They whine and howl about how muslim women are mistreated in the west, how daughters are sent off in arranged marriages, about honour killings*, but they never ever lift a finger in support of things that would actually help those women because many of the things that would help are actually immigration related and would grant those women permanent residency ireespective of their father’s or husband’s sponsorship.
    In short, they are not really worried about muslims doing those things, they are worried about them doing that over here where they can see it.


    *How do you call it if a muslim guy kills his wife/child because he’s losing control?
    -Honour killing
    How do you call it if a white guy kills his wife/child because he’s losing control?
    -Family tragedy
    It’s the dog that doesn’t bark every time a western woman gets murdered by her current or ex-partner (which is 50% of them).
    It’s the lawmakers that don’t promise to do something every time a child is murdered in their bed because their dad though he would rather kill them than see them off with his ex.
    It’s that we all know about the Woolwich murder but not about the violent attacks on muslims in the wake.

  96. 96
    laurentweppe

    #85, that same argument was used in the 1830s against Irish immigrants.

    The same argument was used in France against spanish, portugese, italian, polish immigrants… The funny thing is the french upper class was and remain disproportionately catholic, so you had the Bon Bourgeois bien cathos saying that the immigrants’ catholicism was violent, backward, mysoginistic, unlike their catholicism which was of course enlightened and progressive.

    In fact, I daresay it’s only a matter of time before a wave of mostly atheist immigrants come to live in western countries only to be greeted by pat Condell’s ilk explaining that their nativist atheist is much more betterest than the newcommers’ primitive uncounth atheism

  97. 97
    xaverius

    @Hankstar [Antipodean Antagony Aunt]

    What’s pedantry of realizing the use of an inappropiate word? It would make more sense if Myers said it was sexist. At least Pat actually targets a certain gender in the video (saying girls) even when feminists can be of both genders or none for all he specified otherwise.

    I didn’t say “Hey, cut Pat some slack, he isn’t actually racist”. I said “what the hell is the racist word doing here?”

    Although I wonder for his consistency if he’s calling for a problem to be solved and then assumes the problem is race based, because race is a bit harder to change than cultural behaviour. But as I said, if he actually directly attacked Arabs in an incoherent manner, that would be racist, like I’ve been told he does in another video.

    @Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    India and Indonesia make some 400 million Muslims on their own. If the majority of Muslims isn’t Asian, then it’s probably African.

    The most salient one is that those who rave about the Muslim threat tend to focus their ire almost exclusively on Muslims of Arab or North African descent, and often presume anyone who looks to them like they are of Arab or North African descent is likewise presumed to be a Muslim.

    Aren’t you doing the same by assuming any critique of Islam is racism? You think “oh, he must mean the minority that makes up the most visible stereotype, and he must mean the color of their skin, because there’s nothing else to like or dislike of Islam”. Myers and Pat, if he has a vlog that is mostly about attacking Islam, should know better about the diversity of people that follow the second most common religion.

    Also I like how you assume I’m from a group you’d call privileged for no reason at all.

    @Jonathan, der Ewige Noobe 66

    Yeah, I believe I could quote on my own another case of Sikhs being targeted just because they look like a silly stereotype quite recently. But still, that’s stereotype is silly for a reason, and I expected everyone here to know better. You can have a problem with Islam and not have a problem with Arabs.

    Heck, I don’t know if I’m digging myself deeper or making my problem to get to understand this easier now, but here it goes: it’s the same as when there was this backlash calling Dawkins racist because he pointed out the number of nobels of a university agaisnt a religion.

    I won’t defend Pat because I don’t even know him well enough to know if he deserves it (what other comments say about him doesn’t sound too good though) but I’ll defend Dawkins in that one in that he probably meant what he said he meant: to point out that Muslims boasting about their numbers and science doesn’t live up to scrutiny today, and wondering why it was that. One could think “oh, it’s maybe because of the poor state of education in some of the coutries where Islam is majority” o “oh, it’s probably because Islam is anti-intellectual”, or even “maybe the guys that give nobels don’t like Muslims for some reason, are nobel prizes really a good unit of measure?”, but that’s what one thinks after a short twitter and I don’t know which of these Dawkins believes. It’s probably not the “lelelele it’s because they are brown and brown people are stupid lol” many people seemed to get.

    Merely pointing out that they did great things in the past means that they could do it in the near future if a few things changed, which goes agaisnt any kind of racism. Races (and their alleged traits, don’t take my words in your own context again and assume I meant I believe they exist) can’t be changed that easily.

  98. 98
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    What’s pedantry of realizing the use of an inappropiate word?

    Because the only people who complain are racists, bigots, islamophobes, and misogynists, trying to pretend they aren’t bigots of some form. It’s part of their MO.

  99. 99
    dereksmear

    ‘Despite what the Palestinian public-relations industry, i.e. the western media might tell you, this isn’t about territory, and it isn’t about justice or human rights, because Arab societies don’t know the meanings of those words.’

    Condell, The great Palestinian lie (October 6, 2011; from YouTube)

    Racist. Plain and simple.

  100. 100
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Despite what the Palestinian public-relations industry, i.e. the western media might tell you, this isn’t about territory…

    Christ on a crutch, he really is an arsehole of the first water.

  101. 101
    Moggie

    It’s the start of the new academic year, and as I walk around campus, it’s teeming with excited and apprehensive young people starting their university education. This time of year always lifts my spirits, vicariously experiencing the students’ optimism and thirst for knowledge. Among them I see many young Muslim women: smart, sassy British Muslim women, with opportunities which many of their sisters elsewhere in the world can only dream of. I really can’t relate to anyone who sees this as a bad thing.

  102. 102
    simonnorwich

    What an outrageous accusation by PZ. I must have watched nearly all of Pat’s videos and I’ve never heard him make any racist comment, and especially not the “brown hordes” that PZ keep mentioning.
    Islam is NOT a race! It’s an ideology that is entirely open to criticism – or ought to be.
    In Britain, there are countless journalists and political activists of both genders who, quite rightly, demand equal rights for women in the workplace, etc, but hardly anyone except a small number of secularists speak out about the truly disgusting subjugation of women in Islamic cultures within Britain or elsewhere in the world. It’s absurd when you have countless debates in parliament and on TV/radio about the rights of (most) women in Britain to be entitled to extra maternity leave or whatever, but almost no concern at all for a minority of British women who are subject to forced marriages, FGM, compulsory wearing of the Niqab (as is the case in 3 British schools), etc. This is what he is talking about.

  103. 103
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Islam is NOT a race! It’s an ideology that is entirely open to criticism

    Your race claim fails if the fear of the brown/black hordes is underneath the alleged “criticism”. And that is usually the case, especially if you look at the political parties Condell supports. Prima facie evidence for racism. Ever hear of dog whistles? They are heard loud and clear.

  104. 104
    xaverius

    @Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Because the only people who complain are racists, bigots, islamophobes, and misogynists, trying to pretend they aren’t bigots of some form. It’s part of their MO.

    Wait, so first it’s pedantry and now it’s masked racism? Is it really that hard to believe I’m sincere in my comments and adhere to what is written in there, instead of alleged implications? Islamophobia has been mentioned before, as a legit word, and it would be far more appropiate now.

  105. 105
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    xaverius:

    Read comments number 35 and 36. They should be easy to find as they are in red type on a an orangish background.

    Now, you were saying?

  106. 106
    jamessweet

    I really don’t know of any feminists who think anything on that list is at all acceptable.

    I’m pretty sure you could dig up some self-described feminists who defend some forms of FGM and the burqah as legitimate cultural practices. In any case, that’s just a nit-pick, not really relevant to the main point, which is that the vast majority of feminists condemn it, and anyway, even if a few don’t, that doesn’t excuse Condell’s bigotry.

    I confess, I liked his early anti-religious rants, but as he became steadily more irate about the brown hordes invading Britain, I tuned him out

    Indeed, that’s exactly what happened with me. Once upon a time, I would eagerly await every single YouTube video, thinking, “Wow, this guy isn’t really fair, but he’s HILARIOUS!” Then some bits started to creep in that made me say, “Hey, that seems to be bordering on racist… well, it’s sort of a form of comedy, I guess maybe part of the point is to take everything too far. That fell flat for me, but maybe the next video will be better.” Then it wasn’t, and then I missed a couple, and then the next one I watched was even worse, and that’s been it.

    Sad, really. I was even willing to look the other way on a couple of racist rants, thinking that it was just a case of Condell’s ascerbic form of comedy misfiring in a very bad and uncomfortable way. But all he does these days are racist rants. Sad and disgusting.

  107. 107
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    Simon, its amusingly pointless to try to tell people who understand what racism is that it’s magically not there because you don’t understand what racism is.

  108. 108
    Anri

    Michael Raymond:

    PZ, come on! He’s not anti-brown people. He’s trying to stand up for our Western values where women are not forced into marriages, where teenage girls aren’t removed form their homes and thrust into some stranger’s house as his live-in slave, where women aren’t stoned to death for getting raped. There is nothing wrong with our Western values in comparison to the primitive, religion-soaked tripe that the Muslims are dragging into Europe.

    Yep, ’cause western small-minded religious fanatics never ever ever even-once ever do anything like that!

    Except when they do.
    And then that’s No True Westerner, y’see.

    . . .
    And, as must be done in every single damn thread about this topic:
    If you can’t, in your mind, substitute ‘bigot’ for every reference of ‘racist’, than please go through your self-assessment and substitute ‘stupid’ for every reference of ‘smart’.

  109. 109
    dereksmear

    I’ve never found Condell that funny, but now I’ve changed my mind. In order to show how he’s not a racist, Pat is retweeting comments from all of his non-white supporters. See, Pat’s not racist he’s got non-white friends……….online. A funny man is Condell.

  110. 110
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    ‘Despite what the Palestinian public-relations industry, i.e. the western media might tell you, this isn’t about territory, and it isn’t about justice or human rights, because Arab societies don’t know the meanings of those words.’

    Condell, The great Palestinian lie (October 6, 2011; from YouTube)

    The Civilized meanings of those words:

    “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”

    - Winston Churchill, 1937, testimony to the Palestine Royal Commission (Peel Commission)

  111. 111
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    sciencenotsuperstition

    Pharyngula used to be about promoting science and debunking pseudoscience. And about promoting critical thinking and debunking supernatural claims. What happened?

    It improved.

    Fuck off.

  112. 112
    Avicenna

    It’s not racism in that he doesn’t like the things that Islam does. It’s racism because his arguments are aimed at an entire group of people who’s membership to him is determined by colour of skin and is portrayed as a monolith.

    The ultimate joke is Islam is fucked up because we treated it as a monolith where the people on top are the flag burning ululating lunatics rather than the sane, calm and measured people. If we keep speaking to the pyromaniac then other Muslims think the only way to get heard is to be the pyromaniac.

  113. 113
    PZ Myers

    It still is! Racism and sexism are pseudoscientific, they need to be addressed critically, and debunked as false.

    The only thing that’s happened is that I’m goring your sacred cow.

  114. 114
    sciencenotsuperstition

    sciencenotsuperstition said (74).

    OK, I get it. PZ is angry about both heinous misogynistic acts such as genital mutilation and also angry about misogynistic comments. Being angry about one does not preclude being angry about the other. And saying something bad is not excused by finding someone who said or did something worse. I understand all of this. What I don’t understand is why misogyny has become such a major focus of this blog. Pharyngula used to be about promoting science and debunking pseudoscience. And about promoting critical thinking and debunking supernatural claims. What happened?

    Daz says (111),

    It improved.

    Fuck off.

    Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. I calmly point out that misogyny has become a major focus of this blog and ask why. I am told to, “Fuck off”.

  115. 115
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    sciencenotsuperstition

    Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. I calmly point out that misogyny has become a major focus of this blog and ask why. I am told to, “Fuck off”.

    You complained about what you see as a change of focus. Your state of calmness whilst doing so is irrelevant.

  116. 116
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    sciencenotsuperstition,
    One of the reasons I am an atheist–as opposed to simply agnostic–is because I have seen time and again the religious justify their own prejudices in terms of divine will. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, even going back to slavery–all have found justification in scripture.

    If atheism is to have any claim to the more principled, higher ground that we all claim to covet, it must do better. It is not enough for atheists to simply proclaim there is no god. We have to extirpate all the poisons that belief in gods has injected into our culture. Our Christian friends have failed by their own criteria by producing racist, sexist, homophobic and hateful fruit. We have to do better, and our ultimate success or failure will be judged precisely by how we appeal to the sensibilities of those repressed from time immemorial by the theists. PZ is right, atheism has to be about more than simply not believing in gods.

  117. 117
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    I’ve noticed something.

    Many of the people who decry Islam/ people with melanin on the grounds of their oppression of women in a manner that is frankly racist are rarely active in feminist circles – they’re not agitating for abortion/contraception access, they’re not protesting sexual harassment or rape (except when it’s about dark boogeymen abducting white virgins), they’re not advocating for an end to pay disparities.

    Funny that!

  118. 118
    anuran

    There’s another message the Condells and Dawkinses are pushing, not terribly subtly either. It’s a threat. “See those guys over there? They’ll do terrible things to you. If you say one word, ONE CRITICAL WORD about us you’re on their side. And what they’ll do to you just doesn’t bear thinking about. We cranky old White Men are all that stands between you and murderous raping hordes of muds. So shut up and make me a sammich.”

    Also, the point about “Dog Whistle” words is well taken. My Dad recently traveled to the UK and went to a Rotary meeting. During lunch it came up that he was Jewish. The conversation shifted. He got questions along the lines of was it true that “The Hebrews” still “practiced animal sacrifice” and was he in banking.

  119. 119
    walterbyrd

    Please cite anything Pat Condell said that is racist. Try to keep in mind that Islam is not a race.

    If you cannot do that, then please cite anything Pat said that is bigoted, or incorrect.

    I think that to call a person a “racist” without being able to provide any evidence, is an extremely scummy thing to do, wouldn’t you agree?

  120. 120
    Kevin, 友好火猫 (Friendly Fire Cat)

    @sciencenotsuperstition:

    You can choose not to read Pharyngula if you desire. This is PZ’s blog, and therefore the stuff written here is the stuff that PZ is interested in. There are perhaps millions of blogs out there, and any number of them can measure up to what you wish to read.

    In fact, if you’re looking for the “old” Pharyngula whatever that means, go to SciBlogs, cause it’s still there, and a lot of the social justice type posts aren’t.

  121. 121
    walterbyrd

    > It’s racism because his arguments are aimed at an entire group of people who’s membership to him is determined by colour of skin and is portrayed as a monolith.

    Are you posting about Pat?

    If so, then I am calling you a filthy liar. Care to prove me wrong?

    I don’t think Pat ever aimed his arguments at people of a certain skin color. Prove me wrong, or you are nothing but a filthy liar.

  122. 122
    Rey Fox

    walter, there’s only 118 comments above yours to read, it’s pretty light. Or just read the ones in red type if you’re in a hurry.

  123. 123
    Kevin, 友好火猫 (Friendly Fire Cat)

    @walterbyrd:

    Everyone who makes that argument seems to fall into a kind of weird alternate universe where prior statements and behaviors don’t follow through to the present.

    We do not live in a world where a huge portion of the population think that “Muslim” = “Brown Person.” We do not live in a world where that same portion thinks “Islam isn’t a race.”

    If we did live in that world then you might have a point.

  124. 124
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd

    Can you show me a definition of “race” which only mentions skin color? You know, from a credible source?

  125. 125
    walterbyrd

    “I confess, I liked his early anti-religious rants, but as he became steadily more irate about the brown hordes invading Britain”

    When has Pat ever become irate about ” brown hordes invading Britain?” Please be very specific, give me a specific quote. If you cannot do that, then you are just a filthy liar.

    “I tuned him out…until now, when I happened to run across his latest video. Holy crap, what a racist cretin.”

    Do you even know what the definitions of “race” or “racism?” You don’t seem to. Do you know the difference between a race, and an ideology?

  126. 126
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    SC at #110. Long ago, I came to the conclusion that Winston Churchill was a war mongering racist. The reason why he saw Hitler as a threat was because Churchill saw Hitler as an extreme version of himself leading a rival would be empire.

    Inspiration leader of democratic, my fucking ass.

    Hitler never would have apologized for the murder of the Jews and the conquering of Slavic land end the murder and enslavement of the Slavs because I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.

    Oh, wait, the wrong the Nazis did was to treat Europe like how the major (and minor) powers of Europe treated the rest of the world. That is, turning other civilizations into colonies.

  127. 127
    erik333

    @79 lpetrich

    Well, thruth be told, in most (all?) of those cases such sentiments would have been perfectly reasonable. It’s not like the muslims that Condell abhors are taking over as the ruling class or anything, so the comparison seems to limp somewhat.

  128. 128
    walterbyrd

    “Can you show me a definition of “race” which only mentions skin color? You know, from a credible source?”

    Did I ever say that race was only a matter of skin color? Why should I defend saying something I never said?

    Are you actually trying to argue that ideology is the same as race? What is your definition of race?

    You do realize that there are Muslims exist in every race, don’t you?

  129. 129
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    You do realize that there are Muslims exist in every race, don’t you?

    Such a world shattering insight you have there. #eyeroll

  130. 130
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Monitor note:

    On fast-moving threads, please try to remember to include the name and comment-number you’re replying to.

    When quoting someone:

    <blockquote>Quoted text goes here</blockquote>

    Produces:

    Quoted text goes here

  131. 131
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    walterbyrd, you do realize that Sikhs and other Indians have been harassed, threatened, attacked and murdered by people who assumed that because they have brown skin, they must be Islamic terrorists.

  132. 132
    Rutee Katreya

    You do realize that there are Muslims exist in every race, don’t you?

    And that matters how? Condell says ‘muslim’ to mean ‘african, arabian, or southwest asian follower of islam’, same as the rest of you racist asshats. You couldn’t possibly be more clear about your focus; ffs, you idiots think FGM is some speshul Muslim thing. I’ve never heard you say things about how Christianity is doing it, as an aggregate – this despite the fact that it’s primarily an east african practice, practiced as much by the Christians in the region as the muslims.

  133. 133
    chigau (違う)

    But the easiest way to determine how Muslim a person is, is by how Arabic they look.

  134. 134
    Rutee Katreya

    walterbyrd, you do realize that Sikhs and other Indians have been harassed, threatened, attacked and murdered by people who assumed that because they have brown skin, they must be Islamic terrorists.

    Fuck, black people have been.

  135. 135
    erik333

    @125 walterbyrd

    He’s a rampant islamofobe, I’m unconvinced that he’s just a straight up racist. Rampant islamophobe is enough though, isn’t it? And no, I’m not using “islamophobe” in some watered out form that includes any and all critisisms of islam. I believe Pat Condell suffers from deep set irrational fear and/or hatred of islam, how else does one explain his fixation on this topic in recent years?

  136. 136
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd (#128)

    Are you actually trying to argue that ideology is the same as race?

    No, but there is such a thing as context. In the linked video, Pat Condell says:

    Sweden has been so “enriched” by Islamic immigration that its women statistically have a 25% chance of being raped in their lifetime.

    Notice he doesn’t mention the influence of Islam, or anything about conversions. He is using anti-immigration rhetoric, which tells us he has issues with foreigners & others, more than he does with certain ideology.

  137. 137
    walterbyrd

    walterbyrd, you do realize that Sikhs and other Indians have been harassed, threatened, attacked and murdered by people who assumed that because they have brown skin, they must be Islamic terrorists.

    What does that have to do with anything Pat said?

    You would agree that to call somebody a racist, without being able to provide any evidence of that person actually being a racist; would make you a filthy liar, and libelist, wouldn’t you?

  138. 138
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    walterbyrd,

    Of course, we’ve never heard of a racist justifying their bigotry by saying, “Oh, it’s not their race. It’s culture. The poor dears can’t help themselves, really.” Why that would be totally novel, wouldn’t it? If you prefer bigoted arsehole to racist arsehole, I’d be fine with the switch.

  139. 139
    walterbyrd

    BeyondUnderstanding, you are clearly grasping for straws.

    The truth, that you are so frantically trying to tap dance around, is that Pat never said anything racist.

    To call somebody a racist, without being able to prove it, makes you a filthy liar.

  140. 140
    walterbyrd

    If you prefer bigoted arsehole to racist arsehole, I’d be fine with the switch.

    What did Pat ever say that was bigoted? Please be very specific.

  141. 141
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    Because objectively, being called a bigot is a far worse thing than suffering bigotry.

    Can we move on from arguing with Mr. Dictionary here? Does it really matter whether Condell is called a racist or a bigot? His behaviour is equally repellent in either case.

  142. 142
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    He is categorizing a billion people as hating women, Walter, merely on the basis of their having said,
    “There is no god but god.” Why restrict his opposition to Islam? Why not oppose conservative xtians as well? Hell, why not simply become active in women’s causes.

    What positive goal is he espousing–women’s equality? Nope. Anti-immigration. Yup!

  143. 143
    walterbyrd

    Condell says ‘muslim’ to mean ‘african, arabian, or southwest asian follower of islam

    According to who? I call BS. I am calling you nothing but a filthy liar, and a libelist. Care to prove me wrong?

    Ever heard of a “straw man argument?” You are putting words in Pat’s mouth, and attacking Pat for things Pat never said.

  144. 144
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    CaitieCat, I’m letting him pick. Frankly I don’t care which modifier of arsehole he chooses.

  145. 145
    chigau (違う)

    walterbyrd
    Are you Pat Condell?
    Do you know what ‘libel’ means?
    Do you know what ‘frantic’ means?

  146. 146
    zenlike

    walterbyrd

    What did Pat ever say that was bigoted? Please be very specific.

    There are quotes in this very post, directly above you! Not only are you a bigoted piece of shit like your hero, you are also a disingenuous liar. Now fuck off.

  147. 147
    zenlike

    chigau, does walterbyrd knows what ‘know’ means? Or ‘are’? Really, the level of intellect he shows is staggering (in the wrong direction).

  148. 148
    Rutee Katreya

    What did Pat ever say that was bigoted? Please be very specific.

    …”progressive” feminists who confidently challenge everyday sexism but who are struck deaf and dumb by Islamic misogyny…they turn a blind eye to religiously endorsed wife-beating, forced marriage, honour killing, genital mutilation, organised rape gangs, sharia courts that treat women as less than fully human, and little girls forced to dress like nuns.

    Do you realize how fucking bigoted it is to pretend these things aren’t done by white christians? Well, with hte exception of FGM… which is done just as much by the Christians in the areas it’s practiced in.

    Norway and Sweden used to be among the safest for women. Now they’re best known for their high levels of Islamic immigrant rape that nobody in power wants to acknowledge or do anything about that because that would be racist.

    Fuck, it’s right fucking in front of you. Sweden, at least, doesn’t have more rape because of teh muslin. The rates are higher than the fucking countries they’re importing from, allegedly. Sweden’s high rate is more likely because of a greater recognition of what constitutes rape, and a greater willingness to report rape. But no, keep insisting, asshat. It’s only in the fucking OP.

    Can we move on from arguing with Mr. Dictionary here? Does it really matter whether Condell is called a racist or a bigot? His behaviour is equally repellent in either case.

    It does, but not very much – I grow weary of allowing racists to define ‘racism’ as anything but ‘supports the marginalization of people based on their race’.

  149. 149
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd

    Call it racism, call it xenophobia, call it Islamophobia, call it bigotry: I don’t fucking care.

    What is your opinion of someone who categorizes millions of people on the basis of a shared religion? What is your opinion of someone who blatantly lies about rape statistics in order to bolster that argument, yet claims to be practising feminism? What is your opinion regarding what the man said?

  150. 150
    walterbyrd

    He is categorizing a billion people as hating women

    No he is not. He is criticizing the ideology of Islam, not the individual Muslims.

    merely on the basis of their having said, “There is no god but god.”

    No, it is on the basis of numerous misogynistic verses in Islamic holy books.

    Why restrict his opposition to Islam? Why not oppose conservative xtians as well? Hell, why not simply become active in women’s causes.

    Because the Islamic ideology is far more misogynistic than xitians. If you don’t know that, then you are not familiar with Islamic ideology.

  151. 151
    laurentweppe

    I’m pretty sure you could dig up some self-described feminists who defend some forms of FGM and the burqah as legitimate cultural practices

    You’re also going to find a thankfully high number of feminists who’ll say that forcing adult women to stop wearing the burqa in order to “free them whether they like it or nor” is neither right nor even well meaning.
    And of course they’ll get bashed by racists fuckers for being too complacent toward the Eviiiiiiils of the Moosleem Kultur“: after all: fascist bullies have always seen empathy as a weakness, why, one cynical mind might even concludes that the far-right exists only to give sociopaths a way to disguise they contempt toward the rest of Humankind as some principled ideological position.

    ***

    He got questions along the lines of was it true that “The Hebrews” still “practiced animal sacrifice” and was he in banking

    You know the funniest thing: my mother was in the Rotary: the organization is filled with rich people who don’t give much of a fuck about its charities but are here to do some networking, and as a result, banks send their employees to the Rotary to fish out wealthy customers.
    So the Rotary is filled with bankers… and yet some of its members are still looking out for Jews.

  152. 152
    walterbyrd

    Do you realize how fucking bigoted it is to pretend these things aren’t done by white christians?

    These things are not accepted in Christianity. They are not laws in predominately Christian nation. These things are not part of the Christian religion. That is the difference.

    BTW: Pat is not a Christian, and is also critical of Christianity.

    Everything Pat said was true. The evidence is over-whelming.

  153. 153
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Walter, according to the Koran, one is a Muslim if just one time one says with sincerity, “There is no god but God.” There are equally misogynistic sentiments in the Bibble, in most other holy texts, in countless other cultural documents, in fact everywhere you look. If you oppose sexism and misogyny, oppose them. If you are opposing religious bigotry, oppose it wherever you find it. You needn’t single out any group–there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  154. 154
    markbrown

    walterbyrd:

    All the evidence and explanation you have asked for is already present in this comment thread. Kindly read the whole thread, digest the information, and get a clue.

    If you still have questions after reading all the comments, feel free to ask them, but as we can’t really add simple diagrams to our comments, I doubt we can accommodate for your lack of reading comprehension.

  155. 155
    walterbyrd

    Fuck, it’s right fucking in front of you. Sweden, at least, doesn’t have more rape because of teh muslin.

    Wrong. Look up the statistics. The overwhelming number of aggravated rapes are done by Muslim men.

    BTW: raping non-Muslim women is specifically condoned in Islamic holy books.

  156. 156
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Walterbyrd: “These things are not part of the Christian religion. That is the difference. ”

    Haven’t read your Bibble, I see.

  157. 157
    zenlike

    walterbyrd, funnily enough, FSM is also not part of the islamic religion. So according to your own logic, Pat shouldn’t blame this on islam then? So he was in the wrong there?

  158. 158
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd @150

    He is categorizing a billion people as hating women

    No he is not. He is criticizing the ideology of Islam, not the individual Muslims.

    Bullshit. He’s not saying “look at what they believe.” He’s saying “look at what they do.” And at the same time implying that “they all” do it.

    merely on the basis of their having said, “There is no god but god.”

    No, it is on the basis of numerous misogynistic verses in Islamic holy books.

    Again, bullshit. The Bible contains many misogynistic passages, yet I don’t see him claiming that all Christians are misogynists.

    Why restrict his opposition to Islam? Why not oppose conservative xtians as well? Hell, why not simply become active in women’s causes.

    Because the Islamic ideology is far more misogynistic than xitians. If you don’t know that, then you are not familiar with Islamic ideology.

    Again, just because the ideology in the books is misogynistic, does not mean that all, or even most, of the followers are. Or have you never heard of cherry picking?

  159. 159
    walterbyrd

    All the evidence and explanation you have asked for is already present in this comment thread.

    Nope. I have not seen one poster cite a racist quote from Pat. Not a single one.

    You directly accuse Pat of being a racist. You directly accuse Pat of referring to “brown hordes.”

    But when asked for evidence, you start tap dancing. You get evasive.

    Nothing but a bunch of filthy liars – care to prove me wrong?

  160. 160
    zenlike

    2 seconds Googling, and yep, walterbyrd seems to be a hardcore Pat fanboy and apologist. He also posted this funny Southpark songtext in the comments section of a Pat video:

    I heard there is no Christmas
    In the silly Middle East
    No trees, no snow, no Santa Claus
    They have different religious beliefs
    They believe in Muhammad
    And not in our holiday
    And so every December
    I go to the Middle East and say…
    “Hey there Mr. Muslim
    Merry fucking Christmas
    Put down that book the Koran
    And hear some holiday wishes.
    In case you haven’t noticed
    It’s Jesus’s birthday.
    So get off your heathen Muslim ass
    and fucking celebrate.

    – Mr. Garrison

    But he’s totes not a bigot…

  161. 161
    walterbyrd

    Again, just because the ideology in the books is misogynistic, does not mean that all, or even most, of the followers are.

    Never said otherwise. But that does not mean that the ideology is above criticism.

    Again, Pat criticizes Christianity as well.

  162. 162
    brucegorton

    walterbyrd 152

    These things are not accepted in Christianity. They are not laws in predominately Christian nation. These things are not part of the Christian religion. That is the difference.

    Oh really? Have you ever heard of the Quiverfull movement by any chance?

  163. 163
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd @161

    Never said otherwise. But that does not mean that the ideology is above criticism.

    He’s not fucking criticising the ideology. He’s criticising people. Badly.

  164. 164
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd

    You keep making the claim that he is only attacking the ideology, and not the people, but this is false. He has repeatedly stated that he’s against the immigration of Muslims to European countries. You do understand that immigrants are people right?

  165. 165
    walterbyrd

    Walterbyrd: “These things are not part of the Christian religion. That is the difference. ”

    Haven’t read your Bibble, I see.

    You are not familiar with Islamic holy books I see.

    Does the bible condone wife beating? Does the bible say that a woman is only half as intelligent as a man?

    Does Christianity condone child brides, or female genital mutilation, or punishing woman for the crime of being raped?

    In any case, we are way off my original point: if cannot tell me, specifically, what Pat said that is racist, then you would be a filthy liar to call Pat a racist.

  166. 166
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd @165

    In any case, we are way off my original point:

    Your original “point” was a point of pedantic nonsense, and a derail.

  167. 167
    Rutee Katreya

    These things are not accepted in Christianity.

    I can see you’ve never been in Rural America. About half the list is in full force here. The other half is either not really muslim (If a muslim man kills a woman, regardless of circumstances, it’s an ‘honor killing’, for instance, whereas a white dude can pretty much never be called that anymore. FGM isn’t really done at all in, for instance, Muslim Turkey, but is in full force in Christian areas in East Africa), only in partial force here, (Although truthfully, I’ve never heard of ‘organized gang rape’ as if it’s a thing with a formal organization, even in predominantly muslim countries; I *have* heard of impromptu gangs forming though – Christian Uganda is totes on board with corrective rape, as are large parts of the USian populace)

    Fuck, do you not see the inherent problem in saying “little girls are forced to dress like nuns” is ignoring jackassery your culture’s religion causes?

    BTW: Pat is not a Christian, and is also critical of Christianity.

    Nominally. He excuses it from these flaws – just as he excuses where atheists prop up sexism, and try to turn atheism to do so.

    They are not laws in predominately Christian nation.

    Uh, have you heard of Uganda? Do know where they got so much strength for their religious extremism? We exported it from America. This isn’t really a secret.

    These things are not part of the Christian religion.

    Have you read the Bible? Seriously, I don’t have high standards here.

  168. 168
    A. Noyd

    Heh, this just came up on Yo, Is This Racist?

  169. 169
    dianne

    These things are not accepted in Christianity.

    Oh, really? Misogyny is not part of Christianity. If you say so. And of course when Christians are in charge of the government as they were in, oh, say Puritan New England or Medieval Europe, there is no sexism at all. Of course not.

  170. 170
    Calmer Than You Are

    Norway and Sweden used to be among the safest for women. Now they’re best known for their high levels of Islamic immigrant rape that nobody in power wants to acknowledge or do anything about that because that would be racist.

    He is saying, very plainly, that what he is advocating would be considered racist by some. Yes, he is being snarky about it, but it shows that his own concept of the issue involves race.

    Do you really think the islamic boogeymen in his Scandinavian rape epidemic fantasy are white?

  171. 171
    walterbyrd

    You needn’t single out any group–there’s plenty of blame to go around.

    So why get in a wad when somebody, accurately, criticizes Islam?

    If Christianity is not above criticism, that does not prove that Islam is above criticism.

    So again, what is wrong with accurately criticizing Islam, how on earth does that make you are a racist?

    As I understand it, Pat is an atheist, as am I. So who ever said that Christianity is perfect?

  172. 172
    Rutee Katreya

    Does the bible condone wife beating? Does the bible say that a woman is only half as intelligent as a man?

    Yeah, it does. Women aren’t people in the bible. They’re the husband’s property. Where do you think marital rape came from in Western culture?

    Does Christianity condone child brides

    Do you not even know medieval european history? ofc not.

    or female genital mutilation

    Yeah, in east africa, which is where muslims do it. You’re not reading, are you?

    or punishing woman for the crime of being raped?

    You’re seriously asking a Meriken this, aren’t you?

    In any case, we are way off my original point: if cannot tell me, specifically, what Pat said that is racist, then you would be a filthy liar to call Pat a racist.

    Yeah, everything I quoted from the OP is a good place to start. It’s all racist bullshit. Fuck, you even had his focus on anti-immigration bolded for you and you ignore it. If we existed in a pretend world where Pat didn’t know what he was saying when he said it, and sincerely only opposed Islam as an ideology, it would still be racist to say what he said, because what he said will not be interpreted to only mean the ideology by xenophobic asshats who hate the people who follow it. It is racist to say shit that marginalizes people based on their race – even if you don’t intend to do so. But he did intend to, so that’s fucking irrelevant.

  173. 173
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Actually, Walter-boy, I was the one who acquainted YOU with the criteria the Koran cites for being a Muslim.

    Child marriage was common in Christendom before the Enlightenment. FGM is mentioned nowhere in the Koran, and is practiced in much of Subsaharan Africa by Xtians, animists… as well as Muslims. It was practices long before the Koran. Nowhere does the Koran say a woman should be punished for being raped. And the attitudes expressed in the Bibble are distinctly…unenlightened. Why single out a billion people for a disease suffered by all humanity. Is it because you fear Muslims?

  174. 174
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    walterbyrd @various

    Because the Islamic ideology is far more misogynistic than xitians. If you don’t know that, then you are not familiar with Islamic ideology.

    Citation needed.

    These things are not accepted in Christianity. They are not laws in predominately Christian nation. These things are not part of the Christian religion. That is the difference.

    Citation needed.

    Line up the Bible (OT and NT), the Koran/Hadiths, the Sutras, and the writings of a dozen other religions do some basic stuff like replacing the specific deity/prophet’s name/title with a placeholder and the you’d be hard pressed to find a coherent difference on the misogyny front. Seriously.

    If you don’t realize that, you aren’t paying attention.

    Also:

    Wrong. Look up the statistics. The overwhelming number of aggravated rapes are done by Muslim men.

    BTW: raping non-Muslim women is specifically condoned in Islamic holy books.

    Citation way the fuck needed needed.

    Most women in Sweden – like most women everywhere – are raped by their husbands, boyfriends, partners, people-they-went-on-a-date-with, relatives, and various other men they know. A minority of rapes are perpetrated by strangers. A minority.

  175. 175
    zenlike

    walterbyrd:

    Does the bible condone wife beating? Does the bible say that a woman is only half as intelligent as a man?

    Does Christianity condone child brides, or female genital mutilation, or punishing woman for the crime of being raped?

    More or less yes to all of the above, except funnily enough no for female genital mutilation, which is also nowhere condoned in Islamic holy books. But you have seemed to have disregard this point I already made above. How convenient.

    In any case, we are way off my original point: if cannot tell me, specifically, what Pat said that is racist, then you would be a filthy liar to call Pat a racist.

    Is has been pointed out enough. Just because you chose to put your fingers in your ears and shout ‘lalala’ at the top of your lungs doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. You are a fucking joke.

  176. 176
    Rutee Katreya

    If Christianity is not above criticism, that does not prove that Islam is above criticism.

    Yes, that’s totally the message sent when we say “We could believe he wasn’t racist if he made a habit of also criticizing sexist Christians, or sexist atheists…”.

  177. 177
    walterbyrd

    He is saying, very plainly, that what he is advocating would be considered racist by some.

    Some idiots and/or liars.

    Yes, he is being snarky about it, but it shows that his own concept of the issue involves race.

    Nope. Pat never mentions race. Islam is not a race. Only liars and idiots think that.

    Do you really think the islamic boogeymen in his Scandinavian rape epidemic fantasy are white?

    It is not a fantasy. Incidence of aggravated rape in Scandinavian countries is sky rocketing. And they know the rapes are being committed my Muslim men.

  178. 178
    dianne

    Does the bible condone wife beating?

    Yep. And child beating.

    Does the bible say that a woman is only half as intelligent as a man?

    Not as far as I know, but only because the various writers of the Bible weren’t conversant enough with numbers to come up with that exact a fraction. Certainly Genesis states that women are inferior and to be ruled by men. And Paul was all for keeping women in their place. Just to name the two that come to my mind without effort.

    Does Christianity condone child brides, or female genital mutilation, or punishing woman for the crime of being raped?

    Yep to child brides. Incidentally, US law also condones child brides: 13 year olds can marry in some jurisdictions. FGM I’m not sure about, I must admit. But the Bible goes into great detail about how a woman who is raped must marry her rapist if he pays her family for her. And if she didn’t yell loudly enough during the rape, she can be stoned along with her attacker.

    Maybe you ought to read the Bible before asking this sort of question next time.

  179. 179
    sciencenotsuperstition

    Sciencenotsuperstion said (74)

    OK, I get it. PZ is angry about both heinous misogynistic acts such as genital mutilation and also angry about misogynistic comments. Being angry about one does not preclude being angry about the other. And saying something bad is not excused by finding someone who said or did something worse. I understand all of this. What I don’t understand is why misogyny has become such a major focus of this blog. Pharyngula used to be about promoting science and debunking pseudoscience. And about promoting critical thinking and debunking supernatural claims. What happened?

    PZ said (113).

    It still is! Racism and sexism are pseudoscientific, they need to be addressed critically, and debunked as false.
    The only thing that’s happened is that I’m goring your sacred cow.

    What? Your first two sentences provide your answer to my question. But the third is absurd. I simply asked why the focus of Pharyngula has changed. The fact that I asked this question gives you sufficient evidence to conclude that I am a racist or a sexist or both? Really?

    A_Ray said (116),

    sciencenotsuperstition,
    One of the reasons I am an atheist–as opposed to simply agnostic–is because I have seen time and again the religious justify their own prejudices in terms of divine will. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, even going back to slavery–all have found justification in scripture…

    Thank you A_Ray. Your response to my question was a reasoned attempt to explain why Pharyngula is now filled with discussions about misogyny. Most people have simply told me to go away or fuck off.

    Kevin said (120)

    @sciencenotsuperstition:
    You can choose not to read Pharyngula if you desire. This is PZ’s blog, and therefore the stuff written here is the stuff that PZ is interested in. There are perhaps millions of blogs out there, and any number of them can measure up to what you wish to read.

    Kevin, thank you. That was kinder than Daz (comment 111) who was so offended by my question that he or she told me to fuck off.

  180. 180
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    walterbyrd, the point you are missing with me is this; what Pat Condell is saying is resonating with people who are flat out racists, people who do see dark skin and assumes that there is an Islamic terrorists.

    Also, it is too bad that your claim that Pat is not being racist is disproved by his argument about Norway and Sweden being “Islamicized” by immigrants. Stand for those great “Western” values, you know, the white man’s burden.

  181. 181
    Rutee Katreya

    Wrong. Look up the statistics. The overwhelming number of aggravated rapes are done by Muslim men.

    That was almost clever, for a racist fuckwit. That’s actually true – ‘aggravated’ means ‘stranger rape’. The overwhelming majority of rape in Sweden, however, is acquaintance rape – not ‘Aggravated’ rape. So you know, nice try, but try finding a feminist who isn’t also an anti-racist.

  182. 182
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    So, Walter, let’s see. You’ve got the old “It’s not race, it’s culture” trope. What’s next? You gonna tell us that some of Pat’s best friends are black/brown? Or that he even allows them to use his very own toilet?

  183. 183
    dianne

    Incidence of aggravated rape in Scandinavian countries is sky rocketing.

    Reporting of rape is skyrocketing in Sweden. This is because it is easy to report a rape and it will get taken seriously. When the same methodology is used to determine the incidence of rape in various countries, including Sweden (i.e. victim surveys), the rate is about the same for Sweden and other northern European countries.

    And they know the rapes are being committed my Muslim men.

    Who are they and how do “they” know? Produce some data to support your claim if you want it to be taken seriously.

  184. 184
    walterbyrd

    More or less yes to all of the above, except funnily enough no for female genital mutilation, which is also nowhere condoned in Islamic holy books.

    I never said it was. I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    In any case, we are way off my original point: if cannot tell me, specifically, what Pat said that is racist, then you would be a filthy liar to call Pat a racist.

    Is has been pointed out enough. Just because you chose to put your fingers in your ears and shout ‘lalala’ at the top of your lungs doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. You are a fucking joke.

    Nope. I have not seen even person cite a quote by Condell that racist. Not one Condell quote about “brown hordes” or anything like that.

    Yet you accuse of Condell of making those racist statements, which means you are just a bunch of filthy liars.

  185. 185
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Gee, why does my dog start barking whenever I play Pat’s diatribe?

  186. 186
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    You are not familiar with Islamic holy books I see.

    Does the bible condone wife beating?

    Yes.

    Does the bible say that a woman is only half as intelligent as a man?

    Yes.

    Does Christianity condone child brides, or female genital mutilation, or punishing woman for the crime of being raped?

    Yes.

    Here’s other things Christianity condones:
    Killing women found not to be virgins on their wedding nights.
    Child sacrifice.
    Rape of captured women by soldiers.
    Infanticide.

    Do you need me to cite chapter and verse for each?

  187. 187
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Walter, so you prefer “Bigot” to “Racist”. Got it.

  188. 188
    dianne

    I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    Except, of course, where it is. Like among the Christian Copts in Egypt and Sudan. Or the anamists in central Africa. Or 19th century Christians in Europe and the US seeking to stop women from masturbating. Sorry, your statement is true neither historically nor currently.

  189. 189
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Pat Buchanan. Pat Condell. I cannot tell the difference. Well, except that one is Catholic and the other is an atheist.

  190. 190
    chigau (違う)

    The next step is probably to mention that race is social not biological.

  191. 191
    walterbyrd

    walterbyrd, the point you are missing with me is this; what Pat Condell is saying is resonating with people who are flat out racists

    Then that is their problem. If I say the sky is blue, and you take that to mean the sky is pink, you got it wrong, not me.

    My point remains: Pat did not say anything racist, and therefore it is unfair to accuse him of something he did not do.

  192. 192
    CJO

    It is not a fantasy.

    Said with all the conviction of a small child stomping feet. Is not!

    Incidence of aggravated rape in Scandinavian countries is sky rocketing.

    Correct for increased and more accurate reporting of such crimes and try again. Do you… read? If you’re able, pay attention to facts, not ideologies or personalities.

    And they know the rapes are being committed my Muslim men.

    They knowwssss it…. Preciousssss.

    (Could these fuckwits be any more obviously deranged?)

  193. 193
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    walterbyrd @184

    I never said it was. I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    Here is a UNICEF report that notes, among other things, that 74% of Ethiopian women have been subjected to FGM. Ethiopia, for the record, is 62.8% Christian. Notice something about that math? It means that Christian women in Ethiopia are being subjected to FGM.

    Take a peek at a map of where FGM is done. You’ll notice that most FGM is done in countries in northeastern Africa. Dig down through the numbers, and you’ll note that the rates in multi-confessional countries are about even between religions – that is, if a country is inhabited by Muslims and Christians, Muslim and Christian girls are cut at equivalent rates.

  194. 194
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Janine: “Pat Buchanan. Pat Condell. I cannot tell the difference.”

    Damn! You know, come to think of it, I’ve never seen them together. Maybe they are the same person!

  195. 195
    Rutee Katreya

    I never said it was. I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    ……
    Really. This is the first I’ve heard of Ethiopia being principally muslim.

    Nope. I have not seen even person cite a quote by Condell that racist. Not one Condell quote about “brown hordes” or anything like that.

    What you’re actually saying is taht any form of racism that isn’t a 1920s Klansmen or Nazi doesn’t count.

    Fuck, even modern Klansmen and Neo-nazis know to use dogwhistles.

  196. 196
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Then that is their problem. If I say the sky is blue, and you take that to mean the sky is pink, you got it wrong, not me.

    Intent is fucking magic!!!

    Also, bad analogy.

  197. 197
    walterbyrd

    Here’s other things Christianity condones:
    Killing women found not to be virgins on their wedding nights.
    Child sacrifice.
    Rape of captured women by soldiers.
    Infanticide.

    Do you need me to cite chapter and verse for each?

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    However, the things Pat discusses in his video are legal, and widely accepted, in Muslim nations. Go ahead and deny it, if it makes you feel better.

  198. 198
    Rutee Katreya

    Then that is their problem. If I say the sky is blue, and you take that to mean the sky is pink, you got it wrong, not me.

    Doesn’t work that way. If you sincerely don’t want to propogate racist bullshit, it is on you to take a measure of diligence to prevent it from being transmitted. If, and this is pure fantasy, Condell didn’t mean those things, it could be possible that he was unintentionally racist, sure. But it’d still be racist.

    Of course, in the real world, Condell’s intentionally fucking using these dogwhistles, you fucking idiot.

  199. 199
    Rutee Katreya

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    Not all Christians, no. Many most certainly fucking do.

    However, the things Pat discusses in his video are legal, and widely accepted, in Muslim nations. Go ahead and deny it, if it makes you feel better.

    They’re also legal and widely accepted in a number of Christian countries, and illegal (but still widely accepted) in a number of both Christian and Muslim countries.

  200. 200
    walterbyrd

    @Esteleth, statistically significant to p ≤ 0.001

    Where does the bible condone wife beating, or say that a woman is half as intelligent as a man?

  201. 201
    Pteryxx

    following up on Esteleth @193: link is borked, but it’s probably one of these:

    http://www.unicef.org/media/files/FGCM_Lo_res.pdf

    http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_58002.html

    see also: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/ethiopia_34881.html

    The imam of the village mosque started off the dialogue from a religious point of view. “I would like to inform you that Islam does not allow female genital mutilation and cutting,” he said. “As Muslims, when our religion says you have to abandon this practice, you have to completely abandon it. Otherwise you are not a true believer.”

  202. 202
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    Because the fictional character known as Jesus was well known for saying; you know , all that shit in the OT? Nevermind.

    And modern Christian never bother to pull up shit from the OT to justify their bigotry.

    #truestory

  203. 203
    Bicarbonate is back

    #186 Esteleth

    Here’s other things Christianity condones:
    Killing women found not to be virgins on their wedding nights.
    Child sacrifice.
    Rape of captured women by soldiers.
    Infanticide.

    Do you need me to cite chapter and verse for each?

    Please Do cite book and verse. Would be very educational.

  204. 204
    Rutee Katreya

    Where does the bible condone wife beating, or say that a woman is half as intelligent as a man?

    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/women/long.html
    Start with Matthew. And this isn’t even in depth, what with being the annotated version.

  205. 205
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd @197

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    Ah, so Christians, even so-called Bible-believing Christians, are fine because they obey obey this bit of their book but not that, yet we’re not supposed to believe that any Muslims anywhere are equally capable of rationalising a more humane reading of their book. Why is that, Walter? Are Muslims less capable of empathy than Christians?

  206. 206
    CJO

    Yet you accuse of Condell of making those racist statements, which means you are just a bunch of filthy liars.

    Are you really so obtuse and literal that you can’t conceive of a cultural trait being used as a marker to identify an ethnic group? Are you completely unaware that it is in part by means of such markers that oppressive majorities police the boundaries of their socially constructed racial categories in the first place?

  207. 207
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Walter

    What does that have to do with anything Pat said?

    You would agree that to call somebody a racist, without being able to provide any evidence of that person actually being a racist; would make you a filthy liar, and libelist, wouldn’t you?

    And anybody who isn’t themselves defending racism would fail to acknowledge the dog whistles used by Pat, to pretend they aren’t racist, while allowing those “in the know” to understand they condone racism and bigotry? It isn’t hard to tell the closet racists. They give themselves away, but “politer” than was the case fifty years ago, hiding behind a false façade of sounding innocuous.

  208. 208
    walterbyrd

    I can see you bozos are intent on playing the race card. Even though it’s proved you are just a bunch of filthy liars.

  209. 209
    Rutee Katreya

    I can see you bozos are intent on playing the race card.

    Seeing as you’re covering for a racist, yeah.

    Even though it’s proved you are just a bunch of filthy liars.

    Sure, I guess, if you just ignore everything anyone but you said, it might be.

  210. 210
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    playing the race card

    BINGO!

  211. 211
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    But CJO! It is to be allowed because Pat Condell and walterbyrd are attemting to defend the fruit of Western Culture, the finest achievement of humanity. (We will ignore the fact that Western Culture is dog whistle for White.)

  212. 212
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    I wonder why it is that I imagine Mr. Byrd licking his spittle-flecked lips every time he says “filthy liars”?

    We get it, Walter. You think Pat is the New Jesus for atheist people, and can do no wrong. We get it. Can we get on with life, now, or are you going to continue completely monopolizing the thread to get more chances to spit out “FILTHY FILTHY LYING DIRTY WHORES I’LL GET YOU YOU FILTHY FILTHY FILTHY- wait here, I’ll be back in five minutes – FILTHY DIRTY WHORE LIARS WHO LOVE ISLAM MORE THAN THEIR OWN HAIRY LEGS FILTHY FILTHY FILTHY- wait, i’ll be back in five…”

    We get it. Can we move on, now, from your amazing solipsistic focus on how dirty we liars are?

  213. 213
    A. Noyd

    CJO (#206)

    Are you really so obtuse and literal that you can’t conceive of a cultural trait being used as a marker to identify an ethnic group?

    Dumbass probably thinks the euphemism “urban” means “people who live in cities” and therefore isn’t racist.

  214. 214
    chigau (違う)

    Gee.
    I haven’t been called a “bozo” in a loooong time.
    It’s cute.

  215. 215
    dereksmear

    I like these comments from Condell fanboys that moan about playing the race card. These same fanboys, of course, have no problem with Condell persistently flinging accusations of racism around.

  216. 216
    dianne

    I think all of that is old testament.

    And Christians don’t consider the old testament as part of their holy book? News to me. And to most Christians, I would imagine. But no, Christians do definitely follow the old testament. How else could they condemn gay men if they dropped the single, ambiguous condemnation of it in the OT?

  217. 217
    Rutee Katreya

    Dumbass probably thinks the euphemism “urban” means “people who live in cities” and therefore isn’t racist.

    You really think he honestly believes the shit coming out of his mouth?

  218. 218
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    A. Noyd @213

    Dumbass probably thinks the euphemism “urban” means “people who live in cities” and therefore isn’t racist.

    That’s a new one on me. Mostly USian? I’ll know to avoid the word now, anyway, so thanks.

  219. 219
    walterbyrd

    @Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Keep tap dancing. Keep trying to say that Pat has made racist remarks, while admitting that Pat has not made racist remarks.

    You soooo desperately want to call everybody who does not conform to your narrow minded PC stubbornness, a “racist.” That you are willing to put words in a person’s mouth, and condemn somebody for something that person never said.

    The first line in this post claims Pat “became steadily more irate about the brown hordes . . .”

    Never mind that Pat never said that. Never mind that Pat never refereed to “brown hordes” in any of his videos. Let’s accuse Pat of saying that anyway, and then start tap dancing when somebody calls you on your obvious lies.

  220. 220
    Rutee Katreya

    That’s a new one on me. Mostly USian? I’ll know to avoid the word now, anyway, so thanks.

    “Urban” varies with context. It’ll almost never hurt you to clarify, if you aren’t speaking historically.

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    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Bah. Damn borkquote. This study: http://www.unicef.org/media/files/FGCM_Lo_res.pdf

    Wife-beating Rutee cited.
    Killing women found not to be virgins on their wedding nights. (Verses 20 and 21)
    Child sacrifice. (Verse 34)
    Rape of captured women by soldiers. OH I’M SORRY, THAT’S “MARRIAGE.”
    Infanticide. (Verse 9)

    Those are hardly the only examples.

  222. 222
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Even though it’s proved you are just a bunch of filthy liars.

    Sorry Walter, the only thing you have proved is that you are a defender of blatant racism, and will do and say anything to avoid having the word racist used. Just like the MRA fuckwits who, when the word rape isn’t used, will describe behavior that is rape.

  223. 223
    walterbyrd

    How else could they condemn gay men if they dropped the single, ambiguous condemnation of it in the OT?

    I believe gays are condemned in the new testament as well.

    I, personally, do not believe in either testament, and do not condemn gays, or anybody.

  224. 224
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd

    Dog whistle

    Read. Learn.

  225. 225
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    I wonder why walterboyd’s preferred slam against us is that we’re “filthy.”

    Almost as if – like many racists – he has issues with cleanliness and purity…

  226. 226
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Walter, your “demands for evidence” were all met above. You just won’t recognize the truth about your hero, who you think is a brave heart, fighting the good fight. Instead of bigot spreading bullshit and hate.

  227. 227
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Rutee Katreya

    Thank you. It’s always good to know these things.

  228. 228
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    I, personally, do not believe in either testament, and do not condemn gays, or anybody.

    *Christian Bale voice* Ooooohhhhhh! Good for you! */Christian Bale voice*

  229. 229
    Rutee Katreya

    You soooo desperately want to call everybody who does not conform to your narrow minded PC stubbornness, a “racist.”

    I call all behavior that denigrates or demeans based on race racist – including my own, and that of people I respect.

    Never mind that Pat never refereed to “brown hordes” in any of his videos.

    For a dude so hung up on exact wording, you’re pretty quick to throw out “liar” (which requires you to knowingly lie, not fail to substantiate claims to walterbyrd’s specifications) and “Libelist” (Nearly impossible to do to a public figure)

  230. 230
    walterbyrd

    Sorry Walter, the only thing you have proved is that you are a defender of blatant racism

    For, I don’t know, the 100th time? I will ask again: what “racism?” Cite a *racist* comment made by Pat. If you can’t then, face reality, you are just a filthy liar.

    And do remember: Islam is not a race, it’s an ideology.

  231. 231
    CJO

    playing the race card

    You’re not very good at this are you?

    See, the hand is over, the bets are in, and Condell, having gone all in, is now forced to turn over his hole cards… and guess what? Identifying the card in someone else’s hand is not playing it.

  232. 232
    dianne

    walter, how are you doing with those statistics? Ready to provide evidence for your claim that it’s Islamic men who are responsible for the high incidence of rape in Sweden?

  233. 233
    walterbyrd

    For a dude so hung up on exact wording, you’re pretty quick to throw out “liar”

    Hell yes.

    If Pat is the blatant racist, that you claim he is, why not use actual quotes, instead of putting words in Pat’s mouth?

    Yes, that is nothing but libelous, race card playing, lying.

  234. 234
    dereksmear

    Find me quote where Pat Condell admits to being a racist otherwise he not a racist and you all liars.

  235. 235
    dianne

    I believe gays are condemned in the new testament as well.

    Oh? Where? Cite chapter and verse (literally in this case), please. I’ve never seen any Christian condemn it based on anything but Leviticus.

  236. 236
    walterbyrd

    walter, how are you doing with those statistics? Ready to provide evidence for your claim that it’s Islamic men who are responsible for the high incidence of rape in Sweden?

    http://www.siotw.org/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1228&fb_source=message#.Ub8Luxo21FJ.facebook

    http://counterjihadreport.com/2013/01/30/1-in-4-swedish-women-will-be-raped-as-sexual-assaults-increase-500/

  237. 237
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    waterboyd @230

    Islam is not a race, it’s an ideology

    Point of fact, Islam is a religion.

    I’m reminded of racist assholes in the US pushing to get Islam labeled an ideology so that anti-Islam laws would no longer run afoul of the First Amendment.

  238. 238
    dianne

    Find me quote where Pat Condell admits to being a racist otherwise he not a racist

    Um…huh? Only people who admit to being racist are racist? The average KKK member says that he* isn’t anti-black only pro-white. Guess the KKK isn’t a racist organization.

    *Is there any such thing as a female KKK member? Perhaps a lady’s auxillary?

  239. 239
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd

    Oh I see, it’s not racism unless it fits your narrow, 4th grade* definition of racism.

    So please, enlighten us filthy bozos with the true and only definition of race & racism.

    (* no offense to any 4th graders)

  240. 240
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    Dude, I can’t be racist!

    *links to StormFront for proof*

  241. 241
    walterbyrd

    @dianne

    Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. –1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers — and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine. –1 Timothy 1:9-10:

    Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. –Romans 1:26-27

  242. 242
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Dianne @328:

    Is there any such thing as a female KKK member? Perhaps a lady’s auxillary?

    Yes. The Women’s Klan, it’s called.

  243. 243
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall
    walter, how are you doing with those statistics? Ready to provide evidence for your claim that it’s Islamic men who are responsible for the high incidence of rape in Sweden?

    http://www.siotw.org/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1228&fb_source=message#.Ub8Luxo21FJ.facebook

    http://counterjihadreport.com/2013/01/30/1-in-4-swedish-women-will-be-raped-as-sexual-assaults-increase-500/

    That’s it? Some random anti-Islaaic blog and a fucking facebook page?

  244. 244
    dianne

    Walter, your sources are, shall we say, a little bit biased? They’re about as reliable as the tobacco industry’s reports on whether cigarettes are linked to lung cancer or not. Find a reliable source or admit you’re full of it.

  245. 245
    walterbyrd

    @BeyondUnderstanding

    I have seen many definitions of race, and racism. But none that claim that ideology = race.

    If you know of such a definition, from a credible source, please let me know.

    Or better yet, keep tap dancing, keep race card playing, and keep lying.

  246. 246
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Cite a *racist* comment made by Pat. If you can’t then, face reality, you are just a filthy liar.

    And what part of DOG WHISTLE don’t you understand liar and bullshitter? Once you understand that concept, Pat’s racism is blatant. You are certainly apologizing for a clear racist. Makes me suspicious of your real feelings, as you do sound like you agree with racist sayings and policies.

  247. 247
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd (#245)

    If you know of such a definition, from a credible source, please let me know.

    From wikipedia (first sentence):

    Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, or social affiliation.

  248. 248
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Oh, ye tap-dancing, dirty race-card-playing liars
    I condemn you all to Hell’s hot fires.
    For Pat is God, and Jesus too.
    And you’re just mean, and full of poo!

  249. 249
    CJO

    But none that claim that ideology = race.

    Get this through your thick skull, you fucking moron: it is a common practice of racist agitators in these latter days when overt prejudice is more socially unacceptable than in times past to use various cultural, geographical, and social markers to identify the ethnic populations they wish to denigrate. So common that it is an easily identifiable tactic. You’re not fooling anyone, except possibly yourself. If you’re fooling yourself, stop. (Although I realize the ease of this activity must make it seductively attractive. Stop it nevertheless.)

  250. 250
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Or better yet, keep tap dancing, keep race card playing, and keep lying.

    That is your job Walter, apologist for a blatant racist. What is your feelings on immigration?

  251. 251
  252. 252
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Walter-boy, I am not wedded to the term racist. Race is a social construct. I’m fine calling Pat a bigot. How ’bout you?

  253. 253
    What a Maroon, el papa ateo

    walterbyrd # 245

    I have seen many definitions of race, and racism. But none that claim that ideology = race.

    Here’s one:

    “Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, or social affiliation.” (emphasis added)

    Oh, wait, Islam isn’t a religion, right?

  254. 254
    walterbyrd

    > That is your job Walter, apologist for a blatant racist.

    What blatant racist? Provide proof, or you are a liar. QED.

  255. 255
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Nah, can’t trust Wikipedia.

    Here’s the Oxford English Dictionary:

    I. A group of people, animals, or plants, connected by common descent or origin.
    In its widest sense the term includes all descendants from an original stock, but may also be limited to a single line of descent or to the group as it exists at a particular period.
    a. A group of people belonging to the same family and descended from a common ancestor; a house, family, kindred. Cf. kin n.1 1a.
    b. A tribe, nation, or people, regarded as of common stock. In early use freq. with modifying adjective, as British race, Roman race, etc.
    c. A group of several tribes or peoples, regarded as forming a distinct ethnic set.

    (That is definition 6, for the record. Definitions 1-5 involve sports, horses, carpentry, hair color, and ginger.)

  256. 256
    What a Maroon, el papa ateo

    @beyondunderstanding, 247: oh, sure, steal my thunder….

  257. 257
    walterbyrd

    > Oh, wait, Islam isn’t a religion, right?

    Would it make sense to say Catholics are a race?

  258. 258
    sciencenotsuperstition

    24 September 2013 at 12:17 pm (UTC -5) Link to this comment
    Here’s other things Christianity condones:
    Killing women found not to be virgins on their wedding nights.
    Child sacrifice.
    Rape of captured women by soldiers.
    Infanticide.

    Do you need me to cite chapter and verse for each?

    Walterbyrd said (197).

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    Father God not only condoned the killing of women and children, he ordered it! He also instructed His warriors to rape surviving virgins. Please read your Bible. Are Jesus and Father God not the same God? Are there two Gods? And is God not unchangable? Yes, the Old Testament is a major part of the current Christian Bible. In the New Testament Jesus specifically said he did not come to change the law (Old Testament). Do you also ignore the ten commmandments? Or do you just ignore the certain parts of the Old Testament?

    So don’t thank God. Thank modern civilized men and women in most nations for coming up with secular laws that keep people from following barbaric Biblical and Koranic laws.

  259. 259
    zenlike

    walter

    I never said it was. I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    esteleth

    Here is a UNICEF report that notes, among other things, that 74% of Ethiopian women have been subjected to FGM. Ethiopia, for the record, is 62.8% Christian. Notice something about that math? It means that Christian women in Ethiopia are being subjected to FGM.

    Care to comment walter or are you going to ignore ALL the points raised against you?

  260. 260
    Rutee Katreya

    Would it make sense to say Catholics are a race?

    No, but it would make sense to say th at, for instance, turn-of-the-20th-century USA was racist against a lot of Catholic people and used their catholicism as a vector for that racism.

  261. 261
    BeyondUnderstanding

    Or Encyclopædia Britannica:

    race, the idea that the human species is divided into distinct groups on the basis of inherited physical and behavioral differences. Genetic studies in the late 20th century refuted the existence of biogenetically distinct races, and scholars now argue that “races” are cultural interventions reflecting specific attitudes and beliefs that were imposed on different populations in the wake of western European conquests beginning in the 15th century….

  262. 262
    SallyStrange

    sciencenotsuperstition: Comment for you coming in Thunderdome in a minute.

  263. 263
    walterbyrd

    > Race is a social construct. I’m fine calling Pat a bigot. How ’bout you?

    IMO, Pat is not a bigot.

    Yes, he criticizes Islam (and Christianity, and all religions, and atheists, and political parties, and more).

    Pat is a comedian, and he pokes fun of ideologies he thinks are senseless. So what?

    Really, do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

  264. 264
    CJO

    Would it make sense to say Catholics are a race?

    Add complete historical blindness to Walter’s now extensive catalog of of deficiencies. In the late 19th c./early 20th, that particular cultural marker was used precisely to identify the least “desirable” immigrants to this country, the Irish and Southern European/Mediterranean people, particularly Italian. “Papist” has a long history of being used in just this way.

    Please just go back to YouTube where your talents can be properly appreciated. This stupid game started out tiresome, and it has not improved.

  265. 265
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    xaverius #97

    India and Indonesia make some 400 million Muslims on their own. If the majority of Muslims isn’t Asian, then it’s probably African.

    What on earth makes you suppose that I’m not already aware of this fact, or that it’s at all relevant?

    Aren’t you doing the same by assuming any critique of Islam is racism?

    Not at all; As I initially pointed out, your argument here is one that completely ignores context. Condell is repeating propaganda invented by groups like the UKIP, which are flagrantly racist. Already mentioned are attacks on Sikhs and other non-Muslims who have an appearance which racists perceive as Arab accompanied by anti-Muslim rhetoric. Dearborn, Michigan is a standard go-to for the American variety when they sheriek about ‘creeping shariah’ and similar Islamophobbic blithering because of the fact that 41% of the population of Dearborn is of Arabic ancestry. This despite the fact that the lmajority of said persons are Christians of Lebanese extraction. Thus, as noted, the only reasonable conclusion is that ethnic bigotry (which, combined with entrenched privilege, constitutes…oh, what’s that word? Oh, right, it’s racism….)

    anuran #118

    They’ll do terrible things to you. If you say one word, ONE CRITICAL WORD about us you’re on their side.

    This is highly characteristic of authoritarians; there are only two sides, the one they’re on and the side of total evil and depravity, and everyone who’s not on their side is part of the same other side, and therefore are all equivalent and allied.

    walterbyrd #119

    Please cite anything Pat Condell said that is racist.

    When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. When you base your arguments on racist propaganda, you get called a racist.

    If you cannot do that, then please cite anything Pat said that is bigoted, or incorrect.

    Read the thread.

    I think that to call a person a “racist” without being able to provide any evidence, is an extremely scummy thing to do, wouldn’t you agree?

    Hey, I just got my ‘tedious apologist tropes’ bingo! Thanks, walt.
    #184

    I said female genital mutilation is accepted by Muslims, but not Christians.

    And you’re wrong, which has been pointed out several times already in this thread.

    Daz

    That’s a new one on me. Mostly USian?

    This is something I’m often at some pains about; I studied urban planning, urban design, and community development, and oh boy is that a minefield, especially when history is taken into account.

    Rutee Katreya

    No, but it would make sense to say th at, for instance, turn-of-the-20th-century USA was racist against a lot of Catholic people and used their catholicism as a vector for that racism.

    Also popular in England post- Elizabeth I. Probably other places too, but not that I know of offhand.

  266. 266
    vaiyt

    This is a riot. The walterbyrd types act just like rape apologists. Talk about racism without mentioning the magic words, and they will confess to all sorts of detestable things, but nail the race rhetoric down and watch as they do mental calisthenics to avoid the label.

    Pat is criticizing the “ideology” of Islam by invoking hate against a specific subset of immigrants, using rhetoric that matches racist dogwhistles word for word and advocating for the same things racists do – but don’t you dare call him a racist!

  267. 267
    walterbyrd

    @sciencenotsuperstition

    I am an atheist.

    Pick nits if you want, but I do not see wide spread acceptance of practices like wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, separate laws for men and women, honor killings, and so on among modern Christians.

    It may be that some backwards tribe in Ethiopia still believes in some of that stuff, in spite of calling themselves Christian. But come on now, let’s not make any false equivalences here. We both know that brazen, outrageous, misogyny is widespread, and mostly legal, in Muslim nations.

    Want to criticize Christianity? Go ahead. But, it does not change anything about Islam. Islam is still extremely misogynistic, even if there are a very few Christians in the world who still practice that ancient stuff.

  268. 268
    CJO

    Really, do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

    We’re not. Moreover, it wouldn’t even be relevant if we were for some stupid reason doing that. Because, you see, Condell isn’t attacking it in the first place. Not, anyway, on terms that defending it as an ideology would counteract. Because his target is immigrants to Europe from predominantly Muslim countries. For the umpteenth time, the religion here is just a marker and a slightly more socially acceptable way to express regressive and bigoted attitudes.

  269. 269
    walterbyrd

    @vaiyt

    Why not criticize Pat for what Pat *actually* said, instead of what you want to make believe Pat said?

  270. 270
    Calmer Than You Are

    some backwards tribe in Ethiopia

    … totally not a racist… not at all….

  271. 271
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd

    Pat is a comedian

    Prove he’s a comedian by posting one of his jokes. If not, you’re a filthy liar.

    (and make sure it’s a funny one)

  272. 272
    walterbyrd

    > When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. When you base your arguments on racist propaganda, you get called a racist.

    How has Pat based his arguments on racist propaganda? Please be very specific. And please remember that Islam is not a race, anymore than Catholicism is a race.

  273. 273
    walterbyrd

    @Calmer Than You Are

    I was simply pointing out that the actions by some obscure Christian tribe in Ethiopia, does not prove anything about Christianity in General.

  274. 274
    zenlike

    walterbyrd, your bias is showing for everyone willing to see: If it comes to Christians, then you take the narrowest possible notion of Christianity: even if a practice like FGM exists in a majority-Christian country, you just call it ‘not-christian’, and be done with it. When it comes to Islam, then suddenly those Islamists living in that same-exact-fucking country and performing FGM are a stand-in for the whole group, and every person of Islam faith is tarred with the same brush, and FGM becomes ‘something Islamists do’.

    Be gone allready, you are tiresome and a bigot, and totally uneducatable.

  275. 275
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @walterbyrd who said

    do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

    but, but, but, you also said:

    You would agree that to call somebody a racist, without being able to provide any evidence of that person actually being a racist; would make you a filthy liar, and libelist, wouldn’t you?

    And so when Pat said that feminists generally (not feminists in the sense of at least two individuals, whether or not they know each other, that could be described as feminists whether or not on the same criteria):

    turn a blind eye to religiously endorsed wife-beating, forced marriage, honour killing, genital mutilation, organised rape gangs,

    and you back him up, both without evidence, that makes you a filthy liar and a libelist (or in Pat’s case, slanderer), right?

    Given that, why should we take anything you say seriously?

  276. 276
    vaiyt

    Would it make sense to say Catholics are a race?

    Judaism isn’t a race, therefore if I decide to force all Jews to convert or burn, I’m not racist.

  277. 277
    zenlike

    When a Christian in Ethiopia does it, it is ‘an obscure tribe’, when an Islamist in Ethiopia does it, it’s ‘OMG Islam is the Evil and all 1 billion Islamists are exactly like that’.

    Just shut the fuck up already.

  278. 278
    Rey Fox

    Really, do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

    Now it would appear that the burden is on you to prove that feminists are defending the ideology of Islam. Or be feelthy.

  279. 279
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @waterbyrd, 273:

    Is that respecting all obscure tribes? So obscure tribes that practice both Islam and female genital mutilation are also irrelevant to assessing Islam, correct?

    And what about male genital mutilation and Judaism? In my personal experience, it’s not restricted to minor “tribes” of Jews, and avoiding the bris is controversial even in the far left shuls I’ve attended.

  280. 280
    walterbyrd

    No, but it would make sense to say th at, for instance, turn-of-the-20th-century USA was racist against a lot of Catholic people

    No, that would not make sense. Replace “racist” with “biased” and the statement might make sense.

    It seems you desperately want to misuse the word “racist.” Racist refers to *race* not religion. It is really just common sense.

  281. 281
    SallyStrange

    I’m no expert on racists, so to my untrained ear, Condell sounds exactly like your garden-variety bigot.

    If Condell can’t be bothered to avoid sounding exactly like a racist, he forfeits the right to complain when people call him a racist.

  282. 282
    BeyondUnderstanding

    @walterbyrd (#272)

    And please remember that Islam is not a race

    Ha. After we just posted definitions of race from Wikipedia, the Oxford English Dictionary, & Encyclopædia Britannica. Now who’s “tap-dancin”?

  283. 283
    walterbyrd

    > When a Christian in Ethiopia does it, it is ‘an obscure tribe’, when an Islamist in Ethiopia does it, it’s ‘OMG Islam is the Evil and all 1 billion Islamists are exactly like that’.

    No. Look up “false equivalence.”

    It is not fair to compare what is done by a small tribe in Ethiopia, to what is wide spread across the Muslim world.

  284. 284
    Doug Hudson

    walterbyrd @ far too many comments:

    Friendly piece of advice: by constantly making assertions without providing evidence, you are just providing support for the people who are arguing against you.

    At this point, I suspect anyone reading the thread who isn’t already a hardcore racist (and maybe some who are!) has come to the conclusion that you have no support for your argument. Whereas the people who are arguing that Condell is racist have soundly supported their position, largely in response to your posts.

    So, if you want people to think you and Condell are racists, just keep posting! You’re doing a great job!

    If that’s not what you want, then perhaps consider finding some evidence.

  285. 285
    vaiyt

    Really, do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

    Defending people who come from Muslim majority countries from discriminatory bigotry isn’t the same as defending Islam, or even defending everything everyone does in the name of Islam ever.

  286. 286
    walterbyrd

    > If Condell can’t be bothered to avoid sounding exactly like a racist, he forfeits the right to complain when people call him a racist.

    Condell only sounds like a racist to morons who don’t know what the word even means. Racism refers to race, not religion.

    If you want to bash Condell, why not bash Condell for what Condell actually said? Instead of putting words in his mouth, and criticizing him for things he never even said?

  287. 287
    walterbyrd

    > Ha. After we just posted definitions of race from Wikipedia, the Oxford English Dictionary, & Encyclopædia Britannica. Now who’s “tap-dancin”?

    Maybe you should re-read the Oxford English Dictionary definition?

  288. 288
    CJO

    A page from the walterbyrd playbook:

    “Remember when Rick Santorum axe-murdered all those people and then buried the bodies in his back yard? That was terrible.”

    “Uh… that never happened. That’s a complete fabrication.”

    “Can you not see the irony in a bunch of so-called liberal atheists defending the most brazenly homophobic, bigoted Christian?”

    You are, yourself, walter, making as clear a demonstration as could be that “Islam” here is being used solely to muddy the waters and provide a thin veneer of acceptibility to Condell’s bigoted and regressive diatribes.

  289. 289
    zenlike

    walterbyrd

    It is not fair to compare what is done by a small tribe in Ethiopia, to what is wide spread across the Muslim world.

    Except that FGM IS NOT widespread in the Islamic world. My fucking non-existing god, does everything have to be spelled out for you?

  290. 290
    Rutee Katreya

    Really, do you not see the irony is so-called feminists defending the most brazenly misogynistic ideology on earth?

    Who’s defending mormonism in this thread?

  291. 291
    walterbyrd

    > Friendly piece of advice: by constantly making assertions without providing evidence, you are just providing support for the people who are arguing against you.

    Actually, that is what I was asking for.

    People here are constantly making assertions, without providing evidence, that Pat Condell is a racist.

    I am just asking for evidence, cite an exact quote, from Pat, that says anything derogatory about an entire race. If you cannot do that (and you can’t) then it is not fair to call Pat a racist.

  292. 292
    walterbyrd

    > Who’s defending mormonism in this thread?

    Do Mormons believe in wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, honor killings, and so on?

  293. 293
    SallyStrange

    Condell only sounds like a racist to morons who don’t know what the word even means

    Which, I believe it has been firmly established, is a set of people that includes Walter Byrd. So apparently being a moron who doesn’t know what the word “racist” means isn’t a sufficient criterion for determining whether one’s assessment of Condell’s racism is accurate or not.

  294. 294
    thomasmorris

    It may be that some backwards tribe in Ethiopia still believes in some of that stuff, in spite of calling themselves Christian.

    So when Christians do it, it’s “in spite of calling themselves Christian.” On the other hand, when Muslims do it, it’s totally BECAUSE they’re Muslim – never mind that none of their holy works condone it and never mind that most of their leaders condemn it (I won’t say all, because I’m sure there are some Islamic leaders who condone it – just as there demonstrably are SOME Christian leaders who condone female genital mutilation as well as other things like putting gays to death.)

    This is the typical rhetoric of someone who has “otherized”* a group – when someone from a group that they’re well acquainted with (like Christianity) does something horrific, it’s a terrible backwards exception. When the “other” guys do it, it’s common practice and “widespread across the Muslim world” and evidence of how truly corrupt and vile their ideology is.

    You’ve interacted with a lot more Christians, and you know that a vast majority of them do not support female genital mutilation. But because you’re ignorant and haven’t actually interacted with many Muslims, you can assume that the anecdotes you’ve heard in the news represent the beliefs and actions of a majority of the Other.

    *I’m sure there’s a better term than “otherized,” but it’s not coming to me at the moment

  295. 295
    zenlike

    walterbyrd, YES TO ALL EXCEPT FGM WHICH ISN’T EVEN SOMETHING REALLY RELATED TO ISLAM.

    Jesus fuck, you truly are a broken record….

  296. 296
    Friendly

    Hi there, Walter! Here’s a quote from Pat for you from October 6, 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1N1zhUm84w):

    Despite what the Palestinian public-relations industry, i.e. the western media might tell you, this isn’t about territory, and it isn’t about justice or human rights, because Arab societies don’t know the meanings of those words.

    He says that “Arab societies” — not “Muslim,” but “Arab” — don’t know the meanings of justice or human rights. So are you willing to admit that this is a racist statement, or am I a “filthy liar” too?

  297. 297
    Bicarbonate is back

    #221 Esteleth

    Thank you for the links. That story about the sacrificed girl child almost made me cry.

  298. 298
    Rey Fox

    I imagine it must be tough to get quotes from him since he rants at a camera instead of writing them down. Is that why so many of the sexist/racist/douchebag atheists love Youtube so much?

  299. 299
    anuran

    Actually, waltebyrd, the Quran never says women are half as intelligent as men. Nowhere. And it doesn’t in sunna or hadith either. If you bothered to read something on the subject that didn’t appear on Pam Geller’s site you’d know that the original requirement was for a woman to have an advocate speak for her in Court. Part of this was the nasty sexist Arabian Peninsula 8th century treatment of women. Part of it was because women weren’t supposed to speak up publicly. And part of it was because it was assumed a woman needed someone to see that her interests were looked out for.

    And women do have rights under Sharia, under all five of the traditional schools of Muslim jurisprudence and even under the *spit* Wahabis. That puts Islam a good country mile ahead of Christendom through most of the last two thousand years. A wife had no legal existence apart from her husband. She could not own property in her own name. If she killed her husband it wasn’t generally murder under the law it was “petit treason” against her Natural Lord. The only reason we’ve seen progress at all in the last two hundred years was because of uppity feminists who didn’t sit down, shut up and do what their Betters, Rich Old White Men told them to do.

  300. 300
    Rutee Katreya

    Except that FGM IS NOT widespread in the Islamic world. My fucking non-existing god, does everything have to be spelled out for you?

    I spelled it out for him, and he still refuses to deviate from his talking points.

  301. 301
    PatrickG

    Rutee @ 290: Bwahahaha. Too funny!

    @ all: This chew toy sure has a lot of squeak in him. All the pets in my house are loudly demanding similarly entertaining toys.

  302. 302
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Walterbyrd #292

    Do Mormons believe in wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, honor killings, and so on?

    wife beating:Yes
    child brides: Sure enough
    female genital mutilation: Nope, as has been pointed out, that’s a cultural practice, not a religious one, and Mormonism isn’t widespread among cultures that practice it at present.
    honor killings: Yup
    and so on: Without details, I can’t really say, but they share a religious aversion to alcohol with Islam and several other strains christianity, notably Baptism. They also have explicit statements in their holy book that women are less worthy than men, should be dominated by men, etc. Not to mention some quite unpleasant things to say about unbelievers (and also people who aren’t white, although they try to downplay that in public these days).
    Did you think you had some kind of point?

  303. 303
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Walter Byrd:

    Do Mormons believe in wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, honor killings, and so on?

    Short answer? Yes.

    Longer answer: Mormons believe in misogynistic violence. The exact expressions of misogynistic violence that are most common among mormons are almost certainly different than the exact expressions most common among muslims, just as the exact expressions among Yemeni muslims are different from the exact expressions of Singaporean muslims or Turkish muslims or Niger muslims.

    Have you read any part of the Book of Mormon? The very first part of the actual content is a pair of statements of witnesses – both of which amount to, “Shut up, that’s why.” The patriarchal nature of Mormonism has been made clear over and over. Even the horrific violence against boys in certain Mormon communities is about trying to maintain ownership and control over the greatest possible numbers of women.

    If you don’t know this, you know nothing at all about the relationship between Mormonism and sexism. Perhaps you should stop acting as if you do.

  304. 304
    dianne

    Walter @251: Your first link does not support your premise. It specifically blames issues other than immigration for the increase in the incidence of (reported) rape in Sweden. The next reports an anecdote. No one’s arguing that Islamic men can’t be sleazy rapists. Two links to EUTimes, a notoriously unreliable source. The link to the Norwegian paper led to the paper’s front page. In summary, one article that provided evidence against your thesis, four that did not add further information. Pathetic.

  305. 305
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I am just asking for evidence, cite an exact quote, from Pat, that says anything derogatory about an entire race.

    White supremacy is racism, even if the exact group to which whites are being compared is unspecified. Propounding the superiority of Europeans qua Europeans is racism.

  306. 306
    Pteryxx

    Esteleth @193:

    Here is a UNICEF report that notes, among other things, that 74% of Ethiopian women have been subjected to FGM. Ethiopia, for the record, is 62.8% Christian. Notice something about that math? It means that Christian women in Ethiopia are being subjected to FGM.

    Take a peek at a map of where FGM is done. You’ll notice that most FGM is done in countries in northeastern Africa. Dig down through the numbers, and you’ll note that the rates in multi-confessional countries are about even between religions – that is, if a country is inhabited by Muslims and Christians, Muslim and Christian girls are cut at equivalent rates.

    walterbyrd @2hundred and freaking 83:

    It is not fair to compare what is done by a small tribe in Ethiopia, to what is wide spread across the Muslim world.

    …So until all Western Christian-majority countries become small tribes with FGM rates comparable to those in Muslim-majority countries that walterbyrd thinks count as real countries and not something something tribal, racism is a social construct and there are no such things as stranger-in-the-bushes really-racist-racists. Buhwha?

  307. 307
    dianne

    Racism refers to race, not religion.

    Godwin. Just Godwin.

  308. 308
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    So I went back to that UNICEF report on FGM. Here are the countries it lists as practicing FGM on a significant level:
    (1) Somalia
    (2) Guinea
    (3) Djibouti
    (4) Egypt
    (5) Eritrea
    (6) Mali
    (7) Sierra Leone
    (8) Sudan
    (9) Gambia
    (10) Burkina Faso
    (11) Ethiopia
    (12) Mauritania
    (13) Liberia
    (15) Guinea-Bissau
    (16) Chad
    (17) Côte d’Ivoire
    (18) Kenya
    (19) Nigeria
    (20) Senegal
    (21) Central African Republic
    (22) Yemen
    (23) Tanzania
    (24) Benin
    (25) Iraq
    (26) Ghana
    (27) Togo
    (28) Niger
    (29) Cameroon
    (30) Uganda
    (31) Indonesia.

    Now, Iraq is a bit of an outlier and Indonesia more so, geographically speaking, but those other 29, are geographically connected. You can draw a line around all 29, gathering all of them and including no others. The countries are a mix of Muslim, Christian (both Copt, Catholic, and otherwise), Jewish and animist.

    The authors also note that FGM is virtually unheard of in other countries – except amongst immigrant communities from the aforementioned countries.

    They note that the practice of FGM – the rationale, the methods, the age at which it is practiced, who does it, etc – is about even across religious lines. They also note that there is excellent archaeological evidence of FGM being practiced long before any of the current religions came to the area (for example, an examination of Egyptian mummies reveals that most ancient Egyptian women had been cut).

    This is not a religious practice. This is a cultural practice. And it is hardly “obscure” or practiced by “minor” tribes – we’re talking 70, 80, 90% of the population being cut.

  309. 309
    Friendly

    Here’s Pat again from May 26, 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIesXORjBps):

    Jews receive a disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes – real ones, I mean, not the bullshit Peace one – because they’re at the top of sciences, medicine, technology – you name it. Wherever there’s progress in this world you’ll often find some Jew in there making all the difference. Israel today is a world technological leader alone in the Middle East like a diamond in a sea of mud.

    But he’s totally praising the Jews, so that can’t be racism, right? (And that “sea of mud” thing is, I’m sure, an off-the-cuff metaphor into which very few implications should be read…)

  310. 310
    SallyStrange

    I wonder how long it will take before Byrd either admits being wrong about the FGM thing or slinks away.

  311. 311
    Bicarbonate is back

    #173 a ray in dilbert space

    FGM is mentioned nowhere in the Koran,

    But it is in the hadiths where the prophet is supposed to have counseled restraint in cutting

    Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.

    Someone somewhere along this thread says fgm is mostly practised in subsaharan Africa, not true. Egypt is one of the countries where it’s practised the most and including among the christian population.

  312. 312
    consciousness razor

    assorted dribblings from walterbyrd:

    Wrong. Look up the statistics. The overwhelming number of aggravated rapes are done by Muslim men.

    Are those the ones that are more aggravating than usual? Why cherry pick those, instead of all rapes, or all violent crimes, or any number of other things?

    And why don’t you look up the statistics, then link to them? The most you’ve done here in the way of citation is a couple of Bible quotes somewhere above.

    BTW: raping non-Muslim women is specifically condoned in Islamic holy books.

    Do you have any idea what’s condoned in the Bible?

    I think all of that is old testament. I do not think modern Christians condone any of that.

    Then what fuck is the use of quoting the Koran (or vaguely alluding to it without even a citation), if many Muslims likewise don’t condone a lot of shit it says?

    I, personally, do not believe in either testament, and do not condemn gays, or anybody.

    Not even murderers and rapists? Muslim terrorists? I mean, there’s nobody at all who you’d claim is immoral? (Except people who “lie” about Condell, I guess — I should probably at least assume that.)

    But if you’re using it literally, in a religious sense of cursing them to be damned in hell, then this says effectively nothing. You might think they’re immoral, want take away all of their rights or whatever, even if you don’t believe in hell.

    It seems you desperately want to misuse the word “racist.” Racist refers to *race* not religion. It is really just common sense.

    I guess you’d have to tell us your “common sense” about what “race” refers to. You know, because we’re all out of common sense here.

    [Since you haven't learned to blockquote, because you're too important for that, the first part is from zenlike]:

    > When a Christian in Ethiopia does it, it is ‘an obscure tribe’, when an Islamist in Ethiopia does it, it’s ‘OMG Islam is the Evil and all 1 billion Islamists are exactly like that’.

    No. Look up “false equivalence.”

    It is not fair to compare what is done by a small tribe in Ethiopia, to what is wide spread across the Muslim world.

    You know what isn’t fair? Claiming that whatever you’re talking about is “wide spread across the Muslim world,”* when there are over a billion Muslims all over the place. Unless this thing is identifying as a Muslim, it’s probably not as widespread as you’re claiming it is. Do me a favor and look up the statistics.

    *What is that exactly? It’s a separate world? How far away is it from the hole you crawled out of?

  313. 313
    dianne

    I do not see wide spread acceptance of practices like wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, separate laws for men and women, honor killings, and so on among modern Christians.

    Perhaps you ought to look. Ever heard of the Duggars? How about the Pearls, who advocate “breaking” a child with beatings starting in infancy? Their Christian belief in abusing children to get obedience has led to the deaths of numerous children. Or the Quiverful movement. Or maybe the link I posted earlier to PZ’s article about the Catholic priest’s statement that women should not go to college because it might make them “unfit” for marriage. Or the anti-choice movement that proudly and overtly advocates slavery, rape, and death for women who become pregnant–and that’s just their overt platform. The only way you could possibly not see that quite a number of “modern Christians” are as sexist as their Islamic counterparts is if you refuse to look.

  314. 314
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    !!!

    I figured out why walterboyd’s response to the Ethiopian stats was “minor tribe.”

    See, he heard this:

    74% of Ethiopian women have been subjected to FGM. Ethiopia, for the record, is 62.8% Christian.

    As this:
    74% (percent of Ethiopian women who are cut)- 62.8% (percent of Ethiopians who are Christian) = 12.8%.
    As per Wikipedia, 3.2% of Ethiopians are animists.
    12.8% – 3.2% = 9.6%.

    Therefore, 9.6% of Christian women in Ethiopia are cut! And 9.6% doesn’t look like much. Probably some minor subgroup.

  315. 315
    erik333

    I’m unsure if there is any credible, current, data from sweden. The 2005 report from BRÅ(in swedish, sadly) refers to cases 1997-2001 and is thus quite dated. It is true (according to the report) that the incidence of being a suspect in a rape case is particularly high in the group “foreign born”, of all the crime types listed – this is the one with the highest overrepresentation for this group.

    It is of course self-evident that any bigotry in the police force (which is well documented) would feed directly into these types of statistics, so trying to draw conclusions from them is problematic at best.

    The incidence of being susspect to a crime (any) is 2.5 times higher for foreign born compared to natives (person born from two swedish parents – which seems like a definition with recursion issues), however it is 5.3 times higher for people with low incomes, 5.7 times higher for people with low education and 6.1 times higher for people on welfare. Which lends more credence to socioeconomical issues rther than ethnicity as the primary cause of higher incidence of criminal activities.

  316. 316
    consciousness razor

    Then what fuck is the use

    Obviously, I meant to say “what the fuck.”

    Given the thread, it’s probably worth repeating. What the fuck?

  317. 317
    A. Noyd

    Rutee Katreya (#217)

    You really think he honestly believes the shit coming out of his mouth?

    I’m not sure people like him reflect on their thoughts with enough depth to form comprehensive beliefs.

    (#260)

    No, but it would make sense to say th at, for instance, turn-of-the-20th-century USA was racist against a lot of Catholic people and used their catholicism as a vector for that racism.

    Noooo! That’s too complicated! Racism needs to be extremely simple so it suits my biases rather than describing reality!

    ~*~*~*~*~*~

    Daz (#218)

    That’s a new one on me. Mostly USian? I’ll know to avoid the word now, anyway, so thanks.

    I don’t know how widespred it is. Just avoid it as a descriptor for people of color or things associated with PoC. While it’s not necessarily racist (there’s the genre “urban fiction,” for instance), it’s almost always a racist code word when it comes out of the mouth of a white person. Similar to “ethnic,” “ghetto” and “inner-city.”

    ~*~*~*~*~*~

    On Mormon misogyny: The highest position for women in Mormon heaven is breeder of spirit babies to populate the planet where her hubby (whom she shares with other wives) is god. Muslim women get a much better deal when it comes to Paradise.

  318. 318
    AndersH

    Agh, the damn line about immigrants causing a rape (and violence) epidemic in Sweden is just not true. Swedish crime statistics since 1990 just aren’t very useful for much of anything. If we look at victimization surveys (though those sadly don’t go back that far), the picture is quite different:
    http://itsbetterthanyours.blogspot.com/2013/09/quick-hit-rape-and-violence-in-sweden.html
    Naturally, there are different measurement errors with victimization surveys, but I would confidently call them less problematic than for crime stats in Sweden (given law changes, introducing a new system in 1990, etc).

  319. 319
    Bicarbonate is back

    USian

    Hi everybody, I don’t get all the comments about “USian” and “urban”, don’t want to derail so could somebody explain to me in the lounge? If you so please, of course.

  320. 320
    CJO

    “Urban” is commonly used in the US as a euphemism for “black”. This can be pernicious (a racist dogwhistle) or it can be cynical PC* marketing-speak (“Urban Contemporary” radio “Urban Fiction” as a publishing category).

    *Another dogwhistle, as can easily be seen here. However, my usage is appropriate: corporations using ephemisms to make the distinctions they want to make among market segments without being explicit about their demographic categories in order to alienate the minimum number of potential consumers of their product or service.

  321. 321
    Bicarbonate is back

    #320 CJO

    you mean, in order NOT to alienate, right? Like the marketing category “Pickups and Shotguns”.

  322. 322
    walterbyrd

    White supremacy is racism, even if the exact group to which whites are being compared is unspecified. Propounding the superiority of Europeans qua Europeans is racism.

    Who said otherwise?

  323. 323
    sciencenotsuperstition

    Walterbyrd (267) wrote,

    @sciencenotsuperstition

    I am an atheist.

    Pick nits if you want, but I do not see wide spread acceptance of practices like wife beating, child brides, female genital mutilation, separate laws for men and women, honor killings, and so on among modern Christians.

    It may be that some backwards tribe in Ethiopia still believes in some of that stuff, in spite of calling themselves Christian. But come on now, let’s not make any false equivalences here. We both know that brazen, outrageous, misogyny is widespread, and mostly legal, in Muslim nations.

    Want to criticize Christianity? Go ahead. But, it does not change anything about Islam. Islam is still extremely misogynistic, even if there are a very few Christians in the world who still practice that ancient stuff.

    Walterbyrd,
    I see your points and agree with most of what you say. What bothers me is that some Christians talk about savage Muslims and their savage Muslim Koran. They don’t seem to understand that the Bible also contains mountains of horrilbe things. When shown the savage Bible verses they say, “Oh, that’s the Old Testament, before Jesus, we don’t believe that any more.” I guess that means they no longer believe in the Ten Commandments since they are clearly archaic Old Testament rules.

  324. 324
    CJO

    To alienate the minimum number. Which was clumsy way to put it on my part, but yes, trying to say “in order to not alienate very many”

  325. 325
    dianne

    Hey, walter, want yet another example of Christians being sexist? Try: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2013/09/college-was-to-be-my-dowry.html. The comments are particularly revealing. Trigger warning for rape and victim blaming.

  326. 326
    CJO
    White supremacy is racism, even if the exact group to which whites are being compared is unspecified. Propounding the superiority of Europeans qua Europeans is racism.

    Who said otherwise?

    You did, dumbass, repeatedly. e.g. “Nope. Pat never mentions race. Islam is not a race. Only liars and idiots think that.”

    Condell is propounding the superiority of white Europeans to Muslims, and you are saying that since he isn’t specifying an unambiguously ethnic category that he absolutely no-way cannot be saying anything racist.

    I swear, if we just let you babble on in the thread unopposed, all by yourself you’d be making our points for us.

  327. 327
    A. Noyd

    Mano Singham just posted a handy example of what it actually looks like when one criticizes an ideology rather than a category of people. While his article focuses on a case particular to Islam in Pakistan, he talks mainly about how the ideology in question adversely affects Muslims. He also separates the ideology he’s criticizing from Islam when he censures it in the final line.

  328. 328
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Me:
    White supremacy is racism, even if the exact group to which whites are being compared is unspecified. Propounding the superiority of Europeans qua Europeans is racism.

    Walter Byrd in 322:
    Who said otherwise?

    You did.

    Walter Byrd in 291:

    I am just asking for evidence, cite an exact quote, from Pat, that says anything derogatory about an entire race. If you cannot do that (and you can’t) then it is not fair to call Pat a racist.

    So, liar, is it or is it not necessary to say something derogatory about an entire race in order to be racist. Please specify whether your comment in 322 was a deceptive weasel or whether your comment in 291 was a lie.

  329. 329
    walterbyrd

    > Actually, waltebyrd, the Quran never says women are half as intelligent as men.

    Try to pick nits if you want. BTW:I never said Quran.

    The Prophet said, “Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?” The women said, “Yes.” He said, “This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.” (Bukhari)

  330. 330
    walterbyrd

    @Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    No offense, do you have some sort of mental defect? You are not making any sense at all.

    I said:
    > I am just asking for evidence, cite an exact quote, from Pat, that says anything derogatory about an entire race. If you cannot do that (and you can’t) then it is not fair to call Pat a racist.

    You replied:
    > So, liar, is it or is it not necessary to say something derogatory about an entire race in order to be racist.

    WTF?

  331. 331
    Friendly

    Walter, you asked for examples of Pat making prejudicial statements about a race rather than a religion. I’ve provided them. Are you going to acknowledge that people are justified in calling Pat a racist, or are you just going to continue ignoring the evidence?

  332. 332
    CJO

    Yep, walter’s got enough rope now. Watch him finish off the job.

    Oh, and walter, re: mental defects, might want to watch where you point that. Rare is the commenter here as oblivious and immune to reason as you’ve proved to be.

  333. 333
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd

    When quoting someone:

    <blockquote>Quoted text goes here</blockquote>

    Produces:

    Quoted text goes here

  334. 334
    PZ Myers

    Walterbyrd: you’ve been stupid from the very beginning, and now you’re repetitive and offensive. You’ve been given many examples of Condell’s bigotry; you seem to be holding out for evidence that he said a racist slur. Most racists don’t, especially influential racists. They prefer to promote racist policies while letting their idiot lackeys run around defending them by demanding proof that they said some specific word.

    You’re the idiot lackey. If you won’t respond to any of the substantive quotes you’ve been given, you should fuck off.

  335. 335
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Monitor Note:

    No offense, do you have some sort of mental defect?

    Please do not use possible, real or imagined mental health issues as a slur.

  336. 336
    walterbyrd

    Look folks, not sure how we got off on so many tangents.

    I am just saying: if you want to criticize Pat, why not criticize Pat for something Pat *actually* said, instead of making up straw man arguments, and criticizing Pat for something Pat never said. Why criticize Pat for all this “brown hordes” BS when you full well know that Pat never said anything of the sort.

    If Pat is the brazen racist that you say he is, it should be very easy to find several brazenly racist quotes from Pat.

    Yes Pat criticizes Islam, and a lot of other ideologies as well. So what? Is Islam beyond criticism for some reason?

    All the misogynistic stuff that Pat criticized Islam for is true. Maybe some other backwards societies do the same, but that would not excuse Islam.

    Please stop trying to play the race by screaming “racism” every time somebody does not agree with your point of view. Perfectly fine for you to have your own opinions, and to defend those opinions. By why not stop the witch hunt, McCarthyism, BS?

    If you going to do something as extreme as accuse somebody of being a true racist, I think it is only fair that provide verifiable, irrefutable, evidence, to back up such a scathing accusation. Would you want any less for yourself?

    I have seen no such evidence to back up your accusations, not even close, not be one helluva long shot.

    I am just asking you to be fair.

  337. 337
    walterbyrd

    > you seem to be holding out for evidence that he said a racist slur.

    Yes, if you going to make such scathing accusations, I think real evidence to back up your claim would be proper.

    Instead you post out-and-out lies about Pat becoming ” steadily more irate about the brown hordes ” and then get all defensive when somebody points out that Pat never said anything of the sort.

  338. 338
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    walterbyrd

    If you simply must continue posting, and provided PZ doesn’t ban your arse for being an obtuse racism-apologist, be polite enough to use bloody blockquotes.

  339. 339
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    If Pat is the brazen racist that you say he is, it should be very easy to find several brazenly racist quotes from Pat.

    Still stupidly and ignorantly ignoring the concept of dog whistles. Typical of a liar and bullshitter, ignoring the actual evidence that refutes your presuppositions.

  340. 340
    walterbyrd

    I imagine it must be tough to get quotes from him since he rants at a camera instead of writing them down. Is that why so many of the sexist/racist/douchebag atheists love Youtube so much?

    The transcripts are available on youtube. Under the video, and just to the right of the “Add to” link.

  341. 341
    PatrickG

    By why not stop the witch hunt, McCarthyism, BS?

    BINGO!

    Erm, anyway, if walterbyrd can’t/won’t understand how white/European supremacy is, in fact, racist, and is, in fact, quite relevant to this conversation, it’s … head won’t .. does not compute…

    *BOOM*

  342. 342
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Walter, blockquote (below the message box is the hyperlink instructions), and then present links to third party evidence to back up your claim. Expample: dog whistle politics/bigotry. You have no good will left due to your apologetic bullshitting, and your words aren’t worth the electrons used to post them.

  343. 343
    walterbyrd

    ignoring the concept of dog whistles.

    Yeah, I have never cared much for conspiracy theories. Be careful not to put on your tin-foil cap too tight.

  344. 344
    zenlike

    dog whistles = conspiracy theory

    Yeah, we’re done.

  345. 345
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    The transcripts are available on youtube. Under the video, and just to the right of the “Add to” link.

    Sorry idjit, you provide evidence to back your claims, or you shut the fuck up. And you have presented essentially zero evidence. Your word is worthless.

  346. 346
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Yeah, I have never cared much for conspiracy theories. Be careful not to put on your tin-foil cap too tight.

    Citation, not fuckwitted OPINION, needed. Where is YOUR evidence?

  347. 347
    walterbyrd

    @Friendly

    That’s it? Really? That is the best you have?

    Pat spoke of “Arab Societies” so that makes him a brazen racist? Really?

    Using that logic, is everybody who expresses any criticism of “Western Society” equally a racist?

    No offense, but are clearly grasping for straws.

  348. 348
    CJO

    Using that logic

    Careful with that thing, are you sure you… no, no, hold it there, not that way! point it… Shit!

    Look out, everybody! He’s trying to use logic!

  349. 349
    walterbyrd

    @PatrickG

    Of course white supremacy is racist. Nobody said otherwise.

    I am just that if you are going to make such an accusation, it is only fair that you provide real evidence.

    It is not fair to just point to somebody and scream “WITCH” “COMMUNIST” “RACIST” or whatever.

    And it is certainly not fair to put words in somebody’s mouth, and criticize somebody for those words, instead of what the person actually said. For example, Pat never spoke of “brown hordes.”

  350. 350
    zenlike

    For example, Pat never spoke of “brown hordes.”

    NOBODY CLAIMED OTHERWISE. You gobshite.

  351. 351
    Rutee Katreya

    By why not stop the witch hunt, McCarthyism, BS?

    So you’re saying racism is exactly as common as both witches and communists in high positions in the USA? You’re a clueless twit. The fucking fabric of your society is built on racist jackassery, just as mine is.

  352. 352
    Ingdigo Jump

    I am always baffled at how someone’s ability to read context and subtext regresses to a first grade level at certain topics.. I imagine these dipshits watching the Lion King and being all confused “wait…Scar said that SImba killed Mufasa. Simba killed Mufasa right?”

  353. 353
    walterbyrd

    @Rutee Katreya

    Resorting to ad hominem attacks? Glad to see it.

    To me, that is the same as you admitting that you have no real argument.

    So, thank you for that.

  354. 354
    zenlike

    Let me clarify the above, Pat never literally said “brown hordes” as walter tries to claim anyone said here, but he sure as hell blows all the racist dog-whistles that say exactly the same thing but in veiled words:

    Norway and Sweden used to be among the safest for women. Now they’re best known for their high levels of Islamic immigrant rape that nobody in power wants to acknowledge or do anything about that because that would be racist.

    Consequently, Norwegian and Swedish women are no longer safe in their own countries, for cultural reasons. Indeed, Sweden has been so “enriched” by Islamic immigration that its women statistically have a 25% chance of being raped in their lifetime.

  355. 355
    Ingdigo Jump

    *snaps fingers* OMG there’s been something my mind has trying to connect and hasn’t until just down.

    This same sort of bizzare selective illiteracy and “literalism” Is EXACTLY the sort of logic holocaust deniers use to absolve Hitler of guilt. He never actually offically literally ordered the execution they say and dismiss everything else because it’s not the literal words “I order genocide”

    Also I’d self Godwin but we’re already into the cries of Witchhunt

  356. 356
    zenlike

    Walter not knowing what ad hominem means, why am I not surprised? Go back to YouTube, your intellectual level is better suited for that environment.

  357. 357
    PZ Myers

    Bloody literal-minded assholes. Pat Condell has to use exactly my predetermined sequence of letters and words, or he isn’t a racist! Wrong. When he blandly announces that the EDL, a fucking racist organization, has a “healthy regard for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”, he’s being a racist. Indignantly announcing that he has never used the phrase “sand ni**er”, therefore he isn’t a racist, is irrelevant. When he cites the EDL’s own mission statement as evidence that they are not a racist organization, he is being as stupid as you are.

    Since you choose to ignore every piece of evidence put before you to continue to harp on this nonsensical demand for a vague statement that would prove to you that he’s a racist, you can just fuck off for good now.

  358. 358
    Ingdigo Jump

    Resorting to ad hominem attacks? Glad to see it.

    Quote the ad hom. Quote it. Show me on the fucking doll where it is.

    I’m so fucking glad internet atheism/skepticism churned out all these mindless jargon spewing drones

  359. 359
    CJO

    Nope. No color designation was used. So, that’s like totally not racist. Cause everybody knows that any time a public figure wants to make socially unacceptable insinuations about groups of people, they’re like scout’s honor totally obligated to use the coarsest, most obviously bigoted terms available. So unless I hear “brown” I like totally know: NOT RACIST.

    Also: McCarthy BS and a bunch of other stuff I don’t understand but my other racis– er, my mates, they say it, and a lotta times the brow– er, the bad people like, shut up.

  360. 360
    Ingdigo Jump

    Oh by the way. Word is racists have started using the term “zombie” for minority now specifically because it fools idiots like Walter.

  361. 361
    PZ Myers

    JEWS ARE NOT A RACE, IT’S A RELIGION. THEREFORE HITLER WAS NOT A RACIST. PWNED!

  362. 362
    consciousness razor

    Word is racists have started using the term “zombie” for minority now specifically because it fools idiots like Walter.

    You’re probably being too generous. He’s an idiot and a bigot, because I don’t think he’s fooled at all. (And he’s certainly not fooling anyone here.)

    Has it been established to walterbyrd’s satisfaction that Pat Condell is a xenophobe? I almost don’t want to ask. After all, as far as I know, he’s never used the word ξένος, and he may not have been professionally diagnosed with any such phobia, so perhaps the (otherwise overwhelming) evidence is lacking.

  363. 363
    tuibguy

    Racist? Bigot? Splitting hairs?

    He said that the reason that women are getting raped in Sweden is because of immigrant Islamic hordes. Why would anyone want to defend the guy for that?

  364. 364
    jodyp

    Why, it’s almost as if racists go out of their way to avoid using those words, so they can pretend they aren’t racist…

  365. 365
    zenlike

    tuibguy, sadly, over the years, Pat’s talking points have more or less entered the mainstream over here in Europe. First it was only the far-right parties, but when they were getting the votes, the (more) centre-right parties followed suit and started borrowing heavily from their far-right brothers to recoup their voters who were going over to the far-right side.

    Not only are a lot of people defending Pat’s points, a lot of them are spouting them on a daily basis.

  366. 366
    flex

    @Walterbyrd,

    First, to clear the air a little, you have been presented with good evidence that the rape statistics in Sweden are not a result of immigrant Muslims. You have also been presented with good evidence that FGM is not a Islamic tradition but a regional tradition which predates the Islam.

    Since you are no longer arguing these points, either you have accepted them, or you deny that the evidence is good enough to convince you.

    Which is it?

    If you have accepted that you might have been miss-informed about these two issues, it suggests that you are willing to listen to evidence which contradicts what Pat Condell said. If not, then there is no reason to discuss any of this with you further, as nothing we can say now will change your opinion.

    So, if you have not accepted that you might be miss-informed about these two issues, my suggestion is that you stop posting for a few days and think about them. Do your own research, follow up on some of the suggestions made in this comment thread, and let the ideas sink in.

    Because you are digging yourself into a hole.

    Reading this thread, your arguments boil down to “Pat Condell can’t be a racist because Islam isn’t a race”, which is a cowardly excuse to justify denigrating a huge number of people, of various ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, languages, and even significant differences in religion.

    Others upthread, have asked that you admit, even if you won’t admit that Condell is a racist, that Condell is a bigot. You have not replied to them.

    Would you reply now? Is Pat Condell a bigot?

    For he demonstrates the characteristics of one, he takes a single attribute of a class of people and says that because of that attribute they are destroying the culture he is comfortable with.

    If the only difference in your mind between bigotry and racism is that the characteristic used by a racist to discriminate against is ethnicity, while a bigot might discriminate on any trait (i.e. racism is a sub-set of bigotry), then you have been arguing a losing battle. Because racism, as a term, has grown beyond mere ethnicity because ethnicity is a fluid notion. Someone with swarthy skin could be Arabic, or Italian, or Greek, or Egyptian, or Australian, American, or even British. So the boundaries of racism have been expanded to include more than just ethnicity.

    Finally, I will re-iterate my suggestion that you leave this argument for awhile. It should be clear to you by now that your arguments are not going to persuade anyone here that Pat Condell is simply “saying what everyone thinks.” You are not obligated to get the last word in any on-line discussion, and I would submit that it is counterproductive to try to do so.

    So, while I’m not telling you to go away (assuming that you continued tiresome repetition has not gotten you banned while I’ve been composing this treatise), I’m suggesting that you stop commenting.

  367. 367
    observer17

    ***Has it been established to walterbyrd’s satisfaction that Pat Condell is a xenophobe? ***

    So is the Dalai Lama. So what? People around the world tend to be concerned about their culture to some extent?

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2007/10/04/world-publics-welcome-global-trade-but-not-immigration/

    You have to look at the real world impacts and ask whether you want Western countries to become more like Islamic countries.

    “Tower Hamlets’ gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole.

    Last year, a mob of 30 young Muslims stormed a local gay pub, the George and Dragon, beating and abusing patrons. Many customers of the pub told The Sunday Telegraph that they have been attacked and harassed by local Muslim youths. In 2008 a 20-year-old student, Oli Hemsley, was left permanently paralysed after an attack by a group of young Muslims outside the pub. Only one of his assailants has been caught and jailed.

    Even during meetings of the local council, prominent supporters of Tower Hamlets’ controversial directly-elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman – dropped by the Labour Party for his links to Islamic fundamentalism – have persistently targeted gay councillors with homophobic abuse and intimidation from the public gallery.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8570506/Police-covered-up-violent-campaign-to-turn-London-area-Islamic.html

  368. 368
    observer17

    ***the rape statistics in Sweden are not a result of immigrant Muslims***

    But anti-semitic violence is? That’s the case across many countries unfortunately.

    “Former Dutch EU commissioner says “recognizable” Jews are no longer safe in Netherlands due to Muslim anti-Semitism.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/I-see-no-future-for-Jews-in-the-Netherlands

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/127076/the-very-real-jewish-exodus-from-france

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/7278532/Jews-leave-Swedish-city-after-sharp-rise-in-anti-Semitic-hate-crimes.html

  369. 369
    zenlike

    Well, observer, *this year* some very white skinheads stormed a French gay-bar when they were fuming over the gay marriage thing. Must be those much better western values, right?

    Now stop misusing minority rights issues to bludgeon another minority.

  370. 370
    observer17

    @ zenlike,

    So why make things worse by importing people with such different cultural views? If you want European countries to be more Islamic perhaps instead you should move to an Islamic country?

  371. 371
    observer17

    You can see how ingrained culture is looking at the Pew Surveys reported by Razib Khan:

    “Not all Muslim nations are Pakistan. It is in some ways an extreme case, but, it is also not inconsequential. ~10% of the world’s Muslim lives in Pakistan, and the Pakistani British community is large and robust. Earlier in the decade I had some expectations that Western Muslims in the Diaspora could shape the culture of Muslim majority nation-states, but the West has little cultural credibility in the first place, and if there’s influence I’d suspect it goes the other way now….

    And predictably, Diasporic communities are considerably more liberal. Only 36 percent of British Muslims age 16-24 believe that apostates should be killed!”

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/12/admissions-of-illiberalism/

  372. 372
    zenlike

    Their cultural views are so different then ‘ours’ that their extreme elements have exactly the same views and perform the same actions as ‘our’ extreme elements? Yawn, try harder bigot.

  373. 373
    flex

    Observer17 opined,

    You have to look at the real world impacts and ask whether you want Western countries to become more like Islamic countries.

    Which Islamic countries?

    Tunisia? ~100% Muslim
    Turkey? 99% Muslim
    Kosovo? 92% Muslim
    Indonesia? 88% Muslim
    Albaina? 82% Muslim

    China? 1.4% of all Muslims in the world live in China
    Russia? 1.0% of all Muslims in the world live in Russia

    All these countries are what people would call Islamic, but their ethnicity and culture vary widely.

    And the people agitating to make Western nations more like what you believe Islamic nations are like are just as likely to be Christian as Islamic. Islam, as a religion, is no more toxic to a society than any other religion.

  374. 374
    consciousness razor

    So is the Dalai Lama.

    So what if he is? Do I look like an apologist for the Dalai Lama?

    So what? People around the world tend to be concerned about their culture to some extent?

    Does “xenophobe” mean tend to be concerned about their culture to some extent to you? Because that’s patently fucking ridiculous.

  375. 375
    flex

    From a quoted source @371 Observer17 wrote,

    10% of the world’s Muslim lives in Pakistan

    And 12% of the world’s Muslim population live in Indonesia.

    Is the culture of Indonesia the same as the culture of Pakistan?

  376. 376
    consciousness razor

    So why make things worse by importing people with such different cultural views?

    Were you paying attention? The fact that they have “different” cultural views isn’t relevant, because people in French culture make it worse all by themselves. If anything, changing the existing culture is exactly what is needed, not preserving the culture as it is. Because latter is only about keeping it just for the sake of keeping it, not out of any concern for the moral consequences.

    If you want European countries to be more Islamic perhaps instead you should move to an Islamic country?

    That wouldn’t make European countries more Islamic. Have anything else, except for pointless advice?

  377. 377
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    What’s pedantry of realizing the use of an inappropiate word?

    ….

    ped·ant·ry [ped-n-tree] Show IPA
    noun, plural ped·ant·ries.
    1.
    the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant, especially undue display of learning.
    2.
    slavish attention to rules, details, etc.
    3.
    an instance of being pedantic: the pedantries of modern criticism.
    Origin:
    1575–85; Italian pedanteria. See pedant, -ry

    ped·ant [ped-nt] Show IPA
    noun
    1.
    a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
    2.
    a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
    3.
    a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
    4.
    Obsolete . a schoolmaster.
    Origin:
    1580–90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant

    Related forms
    ped·ant·esque, adjective
    ped·ant·hood, noun

    Synonyms

  378. 378
    Ingdigo Jump

    How weak is your culture if a few imigrints will over throw your entire value system? You must not have valued those values very highly.

  379. 379
    anteprepro

    Everyone knows that values are valuables. And most valuables are expensive, delicate and fragile, and very hard to replace. Ergo just one or two house guests in your dinner party could rough house and accidentally knock over your Western Values and then before you know it your house turned into a mosque and your female family members spontaneously grow burqas. And that is why we never have people over any more, honey.

    (I’m pretty sure my attempt at insane troll logic was still better logic than anything walterbyrd was able to muster. Sad.)

  380. 380
    andrewpang

    UGH. Unsubbing from RAT CONdell. I’ve got plenty of other GOOD secular media other than Pat Condell and “The Amazing Atheist” who use their secularism to advance bass-ackwards racist, misogynistic bigotry.

  381. 381
    Raging Bee

    It’s really funny how many say Sikh and all are attacked mistaken for Muslims due to this “not racism”

    It’s even “funnier” that a native-born Scotsman, as white as Prince Charles, got the same treatment because he had a beard. Guys, if you gotta be racists, at least try harder to tell races apart — otherwise racism becomes EVEN MORE POINTLESS THAN IT ALREADY IS.

  382. 382
    hiddenheart

    It’s interesting how often white racists who fancy themselves scientific, technocratic, meritocratic, and the rest give themselves handles like “observer” and “witness”. It’s certainly not impossible to be a deep-dyed racist when you’re clearly aware of and comfortable with the reality of yourself as an individual shaped by culture on scales from family and friends through educational stratum to nation-state and multi-national milieu…but it’s harder in some ways. Rationalism can be a great way to avoid having to think about yourself as essentially physical, innately part of physical and social systems shaping your ideas and feelings in ways you cannot control or even fully know.

    In reality, of course, we fleshy beings can do a fine job knowing lots about the world, including ourselves. But we don’t ever really get to the pure separation of subject and object that is inherent in all bigotry.

  383. 383
    WithinThisMind

    Islam is disgusting. I mean, look at this line from the Koran –

    Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

    Kill all the male children and take the little girls as sex slaves? Appalling.

    And look what the Koran has to say about women –

    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

    and

    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands

    And look what it says about how unbelievers should be treated!

    If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you … Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.

    And you people are calling Condell racist for condemning this? Terrible. You should all be ashamed.

    Surgeon General’s warning – This post may contain sarcasm.

  384. 384
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    And you people are calling Condell racist for condemning this? Terrible. You should all be ashamed.

    And you should be ashamed of condemning a religion and its peoples based on quotemining, which is a creationist tactic.

  385. 385
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Nerd

    Check the source of the quotations in WithinThisMind’s comment…. :-)

  386. 386
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Check the source of the quotations in WithinThisMind’s comment…. :-)

    The Koran, and similar quotes can be quotemined from the babble. The paranoia is high in this one.

  387. 387
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Erm

    The source was the Bible. Hence, I assume, their sarcasm-warning at the end of the comment.

  388. 388
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    The source was the Bible. Hence, I assume, their sarcasm-warning at the end of the comment.

    Sorry, I do know portions of the Koran were lifted from the old testament. Still, there is no reason to condemn Islam unless one also condemns Xianity.

  389. 389
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Nerd

    Still, there is no reason to condemn Islam unless one also condemns Xianity.

    I think that was their point. Least, that’s the way I read it. That folks automatically see bad things in the Qur’an and generalise† to “all Muslims are evil” but don’t do the same for Christians, based on equivalent passages from the Bible.

    YMMV

    †Or, more likely, use it to rationalise.

  390. 390
    WithinThisMind

    Yes, my point was the fact that Condell is only condemning Islam when the exact same sentiments can be found in the bible is evidence of his racism.

  391. 391
    Lee Petersen

    Strange that PZ Myers would be so adamant that “I really don’t know of ANY feminists who think anything on that list is at all acceptable.” (Myers’ emphasis. The list quoted includes “genital mutilation”.)

    In fact just last year Germaine Greer publicly defended female genital mutilation on national TV in Australia. The clip is on Youtube, and the question which elicits her response doesn’t start until the 6min 10sec mark – at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq1K3iMfH_U

    It’s prudent to do some research before abusing others.

  392. 392
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Lee Petersen, I am shocked, shocked, I tell you, that PZ Myers doesn’t know what every single feminist in the world thinks about every subject he blogs about. Why, it’s almost as if the man were human!

    Prat.

  393. 393
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    It’s prudent to do some research before abusing others.

    Pot, kettle, black, asshat.

  394. 394
    kittehserf

    Oh yes, Germaine Greer, who’s a professional shit-stirrer and sometime smart-idiot these days. She’s almost down to Paglia levels of credibility.

    (Is that no-true-Scotsmanning? Greer’s a feminist, but she’s also despicable on occasion.)

  395. 395
    Rutee Katreya

    Bullshit. Greer didn’t defend FGM. If you actually listen to her speak, she says it should be opposed socially, rather than with legal sanctions. That is NOT defending FGM. It is saying the law is not the correct instrument to stop it.

    It’s prudent to do some research before abusing others.

    Fuck you, you talking point spewing fuckhead. 5 minutes is all you had to spend validating your claim.

  396. 396
    Rutee Katreya

    Incidentally, those of you who did not actually listen to her speak before castigating her for supporting FGM: shame on you. You know antifeminists fucking lie about what feminists say. Never fucking take their claims about what a feminist’s argument is on face value.

  397. 397
    kittehserf

    Rutee, my comment about Greer is her in general.

  398. 398
    Rutee Katreya

    Your comment reads as “I’m not surprised she supports FGM, because…”, so it’s really rather irrelevant if she’s generally incredible.

  399. 399
    Lee Petersen

    Well, that was an expected laugh. I didn’t realize this Myers character had his own cult of unquestioning drones (kittehsurf excepted) – minds so dulled by sycophancy they can’t even assess incontrovertible evidence placed in front of their eyes. But let me try to reason with the madding crowd.

    To Daz, you see, PZ Myers is staking a lot on his claim that no feminists defend Islamic violence against women. On the basis of his now proven ignorance, he has determined – in a scripted public statement – that Condell is “a racist cretin” and continues witheringly “Way to go, Pat! Teach those strawfeminists a thing or two! I really don’t know of ANY feminists who think anything on that list is at all acceptable”

    An apology should about now be forthcoming from anyone with basic intellectual self-respect, or who wants to gain respect from others, and ideally a new commitment to research before abusing others. Simply asking Mr.Condell for the names of some feminists who have made him think as he does would have been a civilized and intelligent start.

    Note that Greer is no “mysterious feminist” as Myers puts it. If I have to explain that I’m wasting my time here. Moreover, since feminist sympathy for Islamic oppression of women is so commonly found, if Myers cares to nominate how many feminists would convince him that this is so, I’ll quote them for him. Upon which he’ll agree he’s changed his mind, and will retract and apologize for his slurs on Condell. Fair enough?

    As to ‘Rutee Katreya’ of “Fuck you, you talking point spewing fuckhead” – you might want to take your medication, then either re-watch the Youtube clip, or preferably read the transcript here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3570412.htm . Try to remain calm, and accept you might just be wrong – it assists comprehension.

    For all readers left on this thread, let me quote pertinent points from the transcript [my emphasis]:

    Sharon Lapkin [questioning Greer]: “…In your book The Whole Woman, you defended the practice of female genital mutilation as a legitimate facet of cultural identity and you’ve also justified your failure to speak out against honour killings on the grounds that it’s very tricky to try and change another culture. What good would it be for me to go over there and try to tell them what to do? As an outspoken advocate of women’s sexual rights over the past 40 years, why are you hiding behind cultural relativism and condemning and not condemning the murder and mutilation of women?

    Greer: “…Now, when it comes to cutting your own body about, there are lots of the things that go on that I think are fairly revolting. I think piercings are probably fairly revolting, depending on where they are. I’m not a great fan of tattoos either but I WOULD NEVER DREAM OF TELLING PEOPLE…THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT.”

    A little later the host Tony Jones tries to come to terms with Greer:

    TONY JONES: But Germaine – can I just interrupt there? Germaine, if it were the case anywhere that that was a fact, that that was the reason for female genital mutilation, including clitoral excision, would you be against that naturally?

    GERMAINE GREER: Look, this is just a bit too difficult…. WE CAN’T REALLY ADJUDICATE IN THIS.

    A little later another audience member tries again with Greer:

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Germaine, I just wanted to go back to your point before about equating female genital mutilation with other cosmetic procedures…I mean it’s not exactly a voluntary process is it?

    TONY JONES: Okay. Germaine, a brief answer?

    GERMAINE GREER: It’s NOT SOMETHING I COULD DECIDE. Certainly if you’re talking about children below the age of consent, then this would be true. But I ask you to remember that we perform circumcisions on boys at birth and they don’t get a chance to say yes or no to that and it is a painful procedure. Insofar as anybody is subject to mutilation as a child, this would appear to us to be completely unacceptable but we are going to have to be a bit more rigorous about it and a bit less…

    TONY JONES: You mean more rigorous IN STOPPING IT HAPPENING TO CHILDREN or more rigorous about what we think of it?

    GERMAINE GREER: NO, a bit rigorous in establishing why it is we’re so sure that what other people do is wrong, whereas what we do happens to be right. It’s not that easy.

    So, Greer is asked to condemn female genital mutilation several times, and each time refuses, defending it by comparing it with getting piercings, tattoos, cosmetic procedures, and male foreskin circumcision – in each case not to call for the banning of these other things, but to ensure female genital mutilation is NOT condemned. Note particularly the last question asked to her by the host, where she’s specifically asked does she want it to stop happening to CHILDREN, and she responds unequivocally NO. Now, if that doesn’t sound like a defence, you’re blinded by prejudice.

  400. 400
    ysoldeangelique

    To Lee Patterson: I have no farking clue who this Greer is, so why do you assume that PZ must know this person?

    In fact PZ himself pointed to the Feminists that he knows and strangely whoever this dimbulb named Greer is wasn’t on the list.

    Your argument is rather pathetic and pendantic. It’s basically “I found some idiotic lady who claims she’s a feminist and look she supports genital mutilation!”

    Well no shit! Meygn Kelly on Fox News claims she’s a feminist too. Yet quotes the patriarchical line and pissses on womens’ rights.

    On the other hand Pat Condell remains a racist cretin and a misogynist

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