Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wafa Sultan Redux

Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist, is as irrepressible as she is courageous. Having blasted Islamo-fascism and its various apologists on several previous occasions and having had death fatwas pronounced against her, she's back at it in this video clip which should be required viewing for everyone in the West.


Eradicating Women

Colleen Carrol Campbell has written an outstanding piece on the effects of sex-selection abortions in India and China and the irony therein for Western feminists.

Demographers predict a shortage of some 30 million Chinese women by 2020, which they fear will contribute to early, coerced marriages of young girls, increased violence against women and more exploitation of women and girls through the region's already burgeoning sex trade.

Campbell's column spurs us to consider not only the sociological consequences of having so many "superfluous" males walking about, but also the likelihood that the government will have to initiate war just to get rid of all the extraneous testosterone.

The irony, of course, is that a procedure which was legalized in order to liberate women from oppression is being used to kill them by the millions and will result eventually in the degradation and dehumanization of millions more in India and China.

Campbell closes with this:

Sadly, most American feminist leaders have remained silent in the face of this modern atrocity. Their refusal to brook any limits on abortion rights has led to one of the bitterest ironies of our post-feminist age: that the abortion license touted as the key to liberating future generations of women would become the preferred means of eradicating them.

Read the whole thing.


Shroud of Turin

Here's a site that has all the current information on the Shroud of Turin, which, quite apart from its religious significance, is a fascinating scientific mystery. Despite a flurry of media stories about the shroud being shown to have had a 14th century provenience, apparently it really does date back 2000 years, and there is as yet no known process by which the image could have been impressed upon the fabric.

The site addresses all the issues raised by the Shroud and offers the views of both those who think it's genuine and those who are skeptical.


Stillborn Renaissance

Readers interested in American literature, particularly early 19th century New England writers like Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville, will find this article from First Things an engrossing read.