Monday 18 June 2018

Nothing liberal about giving Islam a free pass

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

I used to think that we're witnessing the end of liberalism, and that was something to be deplored. After all, the basic tenets of old-school liberalism were tolerance, an acceptance of opposing points of view, a fundamental belief in freedom and an opposition to censorship.

But liberalism isn't a milksop mentality either, and the belief that these values should be vigorously defended in the face of intolerance and stupidity and bigotry was a crucial aspect of the brand of liberalism I, at least, was brought up with.

I no longer think that we're witnessing its death throes. If anything, it has gone far beyond that and we're now into rigor mortis territory.

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