Sunday, August 17, 2008
Mike Haubrich of Tangled Up in Blue Guy and Steve Matheson of Quintessence of Dust have started an interesting discussion about The Great Frackin' Cracker Flap at the blog Clashing Culture, where they both contribute. Mike opens the dialogue here and Steve responds here.
Mike points out parallels between Crackergate and the treatment of a book, The Jewel of Medina, about Aisha, the child bride of Mohammed, which Random House has pulled from publication while in advanced copy stage, apparently because it might cause Salman Rushdie style outrage among Muslims. Perhaps risking outrage of his own, Steve sets out to explore what, if any, parallels there might be between PZ's act and those of another critic of American religion, Fred Phelps.
It's worth a look.