British Muslims Are More Bigotted than French or German Muslims

According to a Gallup poll, “British Muslims hold more conservative opinions towards homosexual acts, abortion, viewing pornography, suicide and sex outside marriage than European Muslims“.

(Incidentally, don’t you just love how, even in The Guardian, the British are not European?)


Americans Are (Not) So Simple

Don’t you feel sorry for all those poor little Amewicans, who can’t understand complex storylines?

When Downton Abbey is shown in the USA,

…viewers will be left baffled…the beautifully nuanced portrait of pre-First World War upper-class life could prove just a little too complex for the trans­atlantic audience…in the land of the notoriously short attention span.

As a result, Downton, which ran for eight hours on ITV, has been slashed to six for the States.

Except that almost every word of the above quote from the Mail on Sunday is a lie.


Scott Lively Is Even More of a Creep than we Thought

The manager at Scott Lively‘s “Christian Coffee House” for teenagers turns out to be a convicted child molester. To give Scott the tiny amount of credit he’s due, he apparently didn’t know this. But his response once he was told is interesting:

That’s the beauty of the salvation of Christ. When you come to Jesus Christ, and you accept his forgiveness for your sins, then you are forgiven by Him and enter a new life. It doesn’t surprise me that he had a rough past, that he has a criminal record.

And, “Lively said he will consult with his ministry board regarding any change in use of Frediani as the coffee house manager.”

What? Consult? Is there a debate to be had on this topic?


Why I’m Nervous of the American Right

The American Right Wing enjoy violent fantasies. That’s no news. But it’s far from being the only problem.

When a deranged fanatic shoots a politician, should we blame the incendiary tones of the right-wing politicians and media commentators? Or should more criticism be levelled at their substance? Conor Friedersdorf argues that Sarah Palin and others should be criticised more for the lies they tell than for the tone of voice in which they tell them.

Fred Clarke takes this further:

Sarah Palin, of course, did not really believe [what she herself said about “death panels”]. Nor did the vast majority of her followers. It was a lie, deliberately told — a lie that her fans and followers pretended to believe in a great game of political dishonesty.

Even the people who seem to believe this stuff, are on some level aware that it’s not true. Why do people tell themselves these lies? Do they want to believe that the world is a worse place than it actually is? Those who lie deliberately, fully knowing that what they’re saying is untrue, simply want to win at any cost. Their motives are easier to understand.

It’s anyone’s guess where Sarah Palin falls in this spectrum: deliberate dishonest bigot, or willingly deluded?

It’s an interesting general question about human behaviour, but it does seem to crop up more in certain populations, so let’s ask that specific question too:

Why does the American Right lie so much?

Any suggestions?