Thursday, September 07, 2006

Textbook Reactionary

"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers (professors) are present in the universities."

Who is it that sounded this rallying cry to run the liberals and secularists out of the university system?

It wasn't a misguided Florida lawmaker, but it could well have been.

It wasn't Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell or any other prominent Christian broadcaster, but it could well have been.

It wasn't Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or any of those other wastes of space (in Coulter's case, not a whole lot of space, I acknowledge), but it could well have been.

The quote is attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and an address he gave to students earlier this week.

You've gotta love this guy. And you've gotta ask yourself what in the world constitutes a "liberal" Iranian professor, one who prefers adulterous women be executed by firing squad rather than by being stoned to death?

Reading Ahmadinejad's quote, you can't help but notice how likeminded he is with many Western faith-oriented consternatives. Taken out of context, his words could be seen as coming verbatim from any of the people I mentioned above, or many others.

East or West, Christian or Muslim, the world's reactionaries seem to be all alike: Misguided nuts.

12 comments:

CROAK said...

Right on (yet again!).
Misguided nuts indeed!!!

Pete Bogs said...

I thought it might bother American consternatives to know that some of their own favorite people and the president of Iran were basically saying the same thing!

Bird said...

interesting, isn't it?

but some consternatives will say there's a big difference between them saying it and mad-in-the-head guy saying it.

i'm not sure what the difference is.

but what do i know - i'm a liberal and secular university lecturer.

fatty ~ said...

reactionaries are bah!

Pete Bogs said...

bird - indeed, though as a woman you'd never be allowed to hold that position over there anyway...

fatty - you said it, sister!

Bird said...

oh- there are women still in the universities there - they didn't kick 'em all out. but what they can teach, and how they can teach is greatly restricted. and of course, you gotta wear the burqa.

Pete Bogs said...

bird - stay tuned on that... Ahmad is looking to set the clock back in Iran even further...

liberalbanana said...

The world is full of crazies. Why can't people just BE NICE, treat each other with respect, and NOT kill each other. And I think that we need to deploy anger management teachers in all parts of the world. Teach people to let go of their grudges for the sake of future humanity. I know...not gonna happen. I'd just like to escape these jerks and go live in a utopian society. Is that too much to ask?

Aunty Belle said...

Ok, ya'll--youse missin' the irony in this...

heh heh...Amad is able ter speak at universities and preach against ya'll libs ONLY BECAUSE LIBERALS is teachin' theah and agitated fer his comin' so they could show the world how "tolerant" they is. Fer their trouble and open mindness an' all, they gits a fish in the face. Hilarious!

Course now, no libs at HU would dare be so liberal and tolerant and open minded as ter invite a Alan Keyes or Pat Buchanan ter speak..naw,naw, we gotta reserve our tolerance for folks that want to kill women, rape little girls, squash all forms of freedom and wipe us infidels from the face of the earth.

Well, at least libs do have their prioroties. Howling ironic!

Jack K. said...

At last the message is beginning to be taken seriously. Fundamentalists of every stripe are one.

Pete Bogs said...

banana - I'll have whatever you're eating...

aunt b - I didn't understand half of what you wrote, but libs have no love for people who do those things... it's all those "liberal" rights groups like Amnesty International that are most ardently fighting human rights abuses - the kind of group people like Limbaugh criticize, for some strange reason... you are preaching to the converted about the brutality over there... note my reference to "liberal" Iranian profs... and many previous posts of mine... come back on 9/11 to see what this liberal thinks of terrorists and their ilk... it's gonna be no-holds-barred Bogs! you have been warned...

jack - X-actly!

Aunty Belle said...

Bawgs, loved yore 9-11!

I'se making the point,honey, that it is LIBs who insist that universities be "diverse" enough to invite Ahmad and his ilk.