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Michael Palin: Monty Python Would Never Mock Islam

“When danger reared it's ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.”

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Kathy Shaidle

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December 31, 2013 - 11:00 am
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Almost a year ago, I wrote about my, well, complicated relationship with Monty Python.

The English comedy troupe, which first rose to fame at the dawn of the 1970s, greatly influenced my writing and, more importantly, my outlook on life.

The Python’s anti-authoritarian sensibility primed me for punk. I followed the troupe’s many legal and censorship battles, which helped me build up the temperamental foundation I’d rely upon when I was immersed in such fights of my own, decades later.

And the Pythons made my somewhat crappy childhood and early adolescence a little more pleasant.

However, I’ve been painfully aware for some time that my brave, iconoclastic heroes hadn’t really been so courageous after all.

As (actual, on-the-ground Englishman) Peter Hitchens explained in his insightful and infuriating book The Abolition of Britain, the idols that the Pythons and their fellow “Satire Boom” cohorts targeted had mostly been broken to bits before these comedians came along:

There may still have been an “establishment” of snobbery, church, monarchy, clubland and old-school-tie links in 1961. There were no such things ten years later, but it suited the comics and all the reformers to pretend that there was and to continue to attack this mythical thing. After all, if there were no snobbery, no crusty old aristocrats and cobwebbed judges, what was the moral justification for all this change, change with benefited the reformers personally by making them rich, famous and influential? (…)

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This is also why public "icons" are dying out. I spoke to a private philanthropist of some consequence whose mother was an institution in her city about why she was not similarly "public".

"Who wants that?" She said, "if you are in the paper they just attack you."

The left had destroyed everything that is both public and good. We are only allowed to see vice and degeneracy among the successful. Any hint of compassion, charity or decency must be "balanced" by an equal or greater bit of veniality, self-interest or deviancy. Any deviation from this narrative might encourage success in the young or prevent academics from pretending that they are better than "rich people".
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At least he's honest about it - not automatically babbling leftist platitudes about tolerance and diversity.
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Hey -- I'm disappointed, but at least he's honest. I can understand him, since nobody expects comedians to be heroes.

What I can't stand is those who are just as scared to criticize Islam because of Rushdie, but cover it up with BS about "being sensitive to our multicultural society", "opposing Islamophobia", and so on.
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Islam is actually anti religion. Why would a God who created the universe be interested in a collection of simplistic and contradictory attempts to understand His creation that are generated by human desires and say more about human desires than about God's creation? The only way to respect the Creator of the universe is to look objectively at His creation and understand it on its own terms without injecting human wishful thinking into the process. That is what science attmpts to do and that path has led from rocks, sticks and bones to dominating the planet. If God's essence is in His creation then that essence is studied by science. Religion is based on what men wrote and can't even agree on what the writings mean. Science is a unifying way of looking at creation whereas religion is divisive. Religion is an insult to God because it turns away from God's creation and worships human creations. Despite the first commandment and despite the forgiveness taught by Jesus religious people will kill and not forgive as if the devil were whispering in their ear. Since religious people contradict their stated beliefs I am calling b--- s---.
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I have to disagree with you. Not on Islam, really, although there's as many flavors of that as there are Christianity, it definitely lends itself to abuse as a political tool as the Catholic Church did during the Inquisition. But religious people contradicting their beliefs is not proof that religion is BS, any more so than MD's from the 40's through the 80's who smoked cigarettes they knew to be carcinogenic disproves the science of medicine, or the fact that pseudo-scientists who embrace anthropocentric global warming disproves meteorology. Christianity and Judaism declare that man is fallen and in need of redemption. Islam simply declares that man is evil, period, but they have some type of system for redemption, too (I haven't read enough to decide what the whole process is, but it involves prayer and self-discipline, self-denial; e.g., overcoming the self). As a friend of mine says, Church is like a hospital: full of sick people trying to get better. Imperfection among men, therefore, is the entire POINT of much/most of the world's religion, and the fact that people are imperfect doesn't disprove religion any more than imperfection among scientists doesn't disprove the usefulness of science either.
Science looks at HOW the universe works. Religion seeks to understand WHY. Science seeks to benefit humanity by an understanding of nature. Religion seeks to benefit humanity by an understanding of the nature of man.
Use the right tool for the job, and you'll get less frustrated.
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Reality 1 Comedy 0
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Michael Palin at least is expressing some genuine honesty which you rarely see from leftists in general. Often they blabber into tolerance and diversity.
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As I understand it, if someone blasphemes against Mohammad, or against Allah, then they have committed a crime against God, and must be made to pay. Out come the knives or the stones.

What I don’t understand is that if Allah is the offended party, and he is so akbar and all, why does he need any help? Why can’t he deal with the problem in the old-fashioned way, like with the ground opening up, or a bolt of lightning, or a good smite? He can’t even arrange a good paper cut without his thugs getting involved.
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Unlike a Jew or a Christian, the awful truth is that muslims put allah at their service,
to satisfy their need for control borne of fear. They say they 'love death more than we love life.' The fact is, they fear life more than we fear death.

Or, as Lincoln admonished, we must strive to be on God's side.
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"There are people out there without a sense of humour and they’re heavily armed." Well, that would deter most folks wouldn't it and isn't that the point?
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I realize that there are millions of people who believe Monty Python films were the funniest ever. But there are equally many who just don't get it and think that they were mostly sophomoric and silly. I being in the latter group could only puzzle at the raucous laughter and enthusiasm of the first group. But to call them "edgy" is a real stretch even back then. Court jesters are always wary of offending the king and his court - acutely aware of the difference between others laughing their head off and having one's own head lopped off.
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Conservatives have known of this cowardice for years. Not even South Park is immune. Comedy Central refused to air their episode which depicted Mohammed.

Everyone is petrified of Islam. And i mean everyone.
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And that is why it will have to get much worse before it gets better. Little by little
Americans, and I do mean AMERICANS are starting to get fed up. A few more years, a few hundred thousand more deaths...
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Who wrote this?

Moo moo moo Mohammed
Moo moo moo Mohammed
Mohammed going once
Mohammed going twice
Can't say something if you can't say something nice

Moo moo moo Mohammed
Insult the Prophet and you're dahmmed
Mohammed had a camel and he named him Mr. Buck
Cuz when he was in the desert it was something he could

Moo moo moo Mohammed.
Take your religion and rahammed.
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I don't know, but I hope they're receiving appropriate medication.
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The comedians can no longer make fun of Christianity...like a musical called the Book of Mormon.

A musical titled The Koran...might be hysterically funny to some...but, not likely to see any stage.

The radical leftist has such courage fighting open societies in homage to closed ones. Cowards and liars to the last, the very things they lampoon in open societies...they excuse and alibi and conceal in closed ones.

THAT is the final irony. The jesters are cowardly, disingenuous and hypocritical....not "edgy". They not only play the fool. They glorify it.
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Do you remember the scene in "Broadway Danny Rose" where Woody Allen takes a stand for 'Mr. Danny Kaye?"

Been saying this for too long.
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Kathy, have you forgotten that Python made a song about this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F67JhKT5bxU


And making a movie that satirizes Christ would be easy to make these days. Your lefty hollywood types would do it in a heartbeat.
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