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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Sacramental sacrilege for news' sakes, and today's items

If you think reporters would have enough scruples to avoid violating a Sacrament of the Catholic Church for the sake of a news story, you are mistaken. The Spirit of Trent and Newsbusters have more.

In reaction to this outrage, Catholics have taken to the streets burning flags, rioting, and asking for holy war, or haven't they?

Via Larwyn, Mark Steyn's The Little Mosque that Couldn't
I would love to see a really great Muslim sitcom. After all, one of the worst forms of discrimination is to exclude someone from the joke. Gags are one of the great pillars of a common culture, which is why bicultural societies tend toward the humourless: see Belgium. (Before you call in a hate crime to the Council on Belgo-Canadian Relations, I should point out I'm semi-Flemish.) You don't have to look hard to find comedy in the Muslim world. In a debate at Trinity College, Dublin recently, the aforementioned Omar Brooks said that Mohammed's message to non-believers was: "I come to slaughter all of you." He meant it, but come on, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to weep with laughter. Warming to his theme, he said, "We are the Muslims. We drink the blood of the enemy, and we can face them anywhere."

He won't be getting a call from Little Mosque any time soon. But, on the other hand, he is a genuine practicing Muslim, which is more than can be said for any of the cast of the CBC's sitcom. The Muslim members of Canadian Equity decided to sit this thing out, and so every warm fluffy moderate Muslim on the show is played by a Protestant or Catholic, Italian or Indian. As comedy of bicultural manners goes, it's like a surreal latterday PC version of the old vaudeville act "The Hebrew And The Coon", where the Hebrew was the genuine article and the Coon was played by Al Jolson. So today Muslim funnymen are happy to stand up in public and threaten to drink your blood but won't risk doing anodyne CBC sitcoms. Which is also pretty hilarious when you think about it.
Update Jeremayakovka ponders the uses of humor.

The Carnival of the Insanities is up:

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