Tim Blair continues to poke fun at domestic violence victims, making light of the tragic murder of Aasiya Hassan. And true to form, Blair cannot avoid vilification of entire racial and ethno-religious groups. He can't help but suggest that people of Pakistani and/or Muslim origin be ...
... drag[ed] out of the Stone Age.It seems that the Daily Telegraph hasn't heard of State and Commonwealth legislation outlawing racial vilification. That's certainly obvious from some of the comments Blair has allowed on his blog ...
Does it ever occur to Muslim Neanderthals that the countries with the highest standards of living, health etc. are those where women have in practice and in law equal rights and opportunities? ...Imagine if Blair had written stuff about Chinese leaving the Stone Age? Or of Jewish Neanderthals? He'd be sacked. And rightly so. But in the tabloid world of the Daily Telegraph, some groups aren't protected from vilification.
ann j of Sydney (Reply)
Fri 27 Feb 09 (07:31am)
Back to sensitivity school for you Tim.
Muslims are not of the Stone Age - they are fully paid up representatives of the 7th century.
Fri 27 Feb 09 (07:49am)
UPDATE I: Certain comments on Blair's bog are moderated, as this chap discovered ...
Domestic violence is not solely in the domain of one religion or group of people. My father (a virtuous atheist) treated me appallingly.So you shouldn't identify individuals, but feel free to defame entire groups.
It would be easy to point at various aspects of his work and cry hypocrite .. he was an Education professor .. but it wasn’t his work that was bad.
I take exception to religious authorities that approve domestic violence, or excuse it. Tragically, there are some that are still in the stone age. [Edited to remove identifying description.]
David Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
UPDATE II: If the Tele's publication of such offensive posts upsets you, feel free to let the editor-in-chief, Garry Linnell, know about it. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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