Sydney Kendall Says

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Month: October 2005

Banning Piglet

Appeasement of irrationality is not the same as religious toleration. To be tolerant, in a rational, intelligent way, means to respect other people’s right to practice their religion, so long as that religion does not include human sacrifice rituals and the like.

Tolerance also extends to the way a person treats another. To maliciously taunt someone of another religion or race – or over some other difference – because of their difference, is certainly a rude and perhaps even threatening act.

But then there there are the “multicultural” excesses of today – excesses that are irrational acts of “tolerance”, which are actually acts of intolerance against Westerners by a few highly infantile, hyper-offense-sensitive members of the Muslim community. And, worse, this intolerance is turned into official policies by members of the Western community in places of authority, anxious to prove to Muslims that they are not bigots.

This cannot result in pleasant relations between Muslims and Westerners living together in the West. Such choices on the part of authorities to ban whatever offends a few Muslims can only lead to a growing resentment against Muslims. Continue reading

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The Capitalist Manifesto

I want to recommend the most recent interview my husband, Prodos, has just put up on Prodos.com. The interview is “Andrew Bernstein discusses his book book: The Capitalist Manifesto

I haven’t read the book yet, but from the excerpts I’ve seen online, and from the Bernstein interview, and from what Prodos has told me about the book, it looks like it’s going to be a manifesto to reckon with.

Once I’ve read it myself, I’ll review it.

Meanwhile, I recommend the Prodos interview!

Cheers!
Sydney

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SERENITY – Joss Whedon Does it Again!

Prodos and I saw the movie Serenity a couple of days ago with two friends, and all four of us loved it.

I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction and/or the talents of creator Joss Whedon. A couple of reviewers have claimed that the movie will only appeal to people who saw the series “Firefly” – that “Serenity”, a continuation of the series, is not self-contained.

But all four of us – Prodos, Mario, Gigi, and I – agree that the movie seemed totally self-contained, and should appeal to anyone who enjoys heroism, adventure, science fiction, and battles against governments who try to socially engineer us into submission.

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