In a “funny” article in today’s Guardian about the 15 British sailors first captured and then released by the Iranian authorities Polly Toynbee notes that the Daily Mail – what we can call a guardian of “good ole conservative, christian family values” – shares its outlook on “life” with the Iranian president – in other words, as has been glaringly obvious for a thousand years: X-tianity or Islam or whatever distorted reality in question – extremism is alive and well, pretty much indistinguishable, breeds like a cancer and threatens the freedom of everyone:
“Still, amid all the high tension, here was a revelatory moment: the Daily Mail believes pretty much the same as President Ahmadinejad. The fundamentalist Iranian opined: “How can you justify seeing a mother away from her home, her children? Why don’t they respect family values in the west? Why was the difficult task of searching the seas given to a mother thousands of miles from home? Why is there no respect for motherhood, for the love of her child?” The fundamentalist Mail printed those words in bold letters in a special box. Paul Dacre couldn’t have put it better himself. Bewailing the west’s lost family values, his paper finds ways to warn against the moral danger of mothers working every day of the week.”
This kind of “news” could hardly come at a “better time” – Easter – a time where extremist Christians around the world in particular are whipping and crucifying themselves (recall the mad Opus Dei monk in the “da Vinci Code”) to be forgiven for their sins?!!!?
Whatever happened to atheism?