Regular readers of this blog will have noticed that I’ve been silent for a while. I intimated that I needed to devote more time to developing as a writer. This is true, but it is not the whole truth. In March I wrote Political correctness is the new opium of the people. The lesson I should have learnt from my own post is just how much of a religion political correctness is and how tenaciously the ignorance on which it depends will be defended. The point is that it doesn’t matter how many thousands of people are blown to smithereens, or hacked to pieces, or mowed down by vehicles or die in whatever ingenious method of mass killing Allah inspires next, the blind supporters of Islam (for whom doing otherwise equates to nastiness towards Muslims, or God forbid, support for Trump) cannot be moved. Political correctness is a religion, and as we already know, faith always triumphs over humanity. If the ignorance of a born-again Christian is invincible, if the ignorance of a madrassa teacher is invincible, if the ignorance of a Jew who refuses to take up his seat beside a female passenger on a plane is invincible, so is the ignorance of those who will defend Islam no. matter. what. For the latest in this scandalous decline of Western thought, integrity and intellectual honesty, see a piece by Thomas J. Craughwell, Sorry Ladies, You’re the Wrong Kind of Muslims, in yesterday’s Spectator, and those ladies’ response in the New York Times. There are only two groups intimately familiar with Islam and honest about the religion: Muslim terrorists and ex-Muslims. The one kills (and revels in killing), the other risks their lives to stop the killing. Guess which group gets vilified and shut down.
So my writing is changing. I will write fewer posts and they’ll be more in the form of op-eds (what will not change is that I will never pull punches — that you may rely on). The time freed up is already devoted to developing my fiction.
UPDATE 24 June: Hirsi Ali and Nomani respond to public concerns.