Saturday, July 06, 2013

They Are Eating Ms. Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has tweeted this:

If 99.3% of women reported being treated equitably, fairly, generously--it would be natural to ask: what's the predominant religion?

and this

Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed & rape is epidemic--Egypt--natural to inquire: what's the predominant religion?

and Salon declares:

Joyce Carol Oates has made some controversial statements of her own

and headlines the story so:

Joyce Carol Oates’s Islamophobic tweets
On Twitter, the writer suggests that religious beliefs 
contribute to the prevalence of rape in Egypt

Well, there is an example of the illiberalism of liberals who stifle debate and discussion.

it is interesting that (some) people actually believe that religion has no effect upon behavior, including sexual abuse of women....or men.

It is true that I'm skeptical of "religion." Where it's bound up with race, language, tribal & cultural identity, too volatile.

No one wants to acknowledge that religion has any effect upon behavior--good, bad? This is hard to comprehend. To what purpose, then?

Skepticism, an open and inquisitive mind and challenging ideas is gone.


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