Harry’s Place defends Enlightenment values

Over at Harry’s Place, they’re discussing Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s non-existent call for the Crown Prince of Qatar to be stoned to death for attending a gay nightclub. Given that Harry’s Place was one of the first to take up this story, you might have thought they’d feel obliged to ask whether it was accurate. But apparently not. Of course, we live in hope, but so far not a single one of the numerous contributors to the discussion has addressed this question.

Harry’s Place, 19 August 2005

Ah, the wonders of “Enlightenment values”! It’s reassuring to know that the triumph of reason over irrational prejudice, a commitment to the serious study of empirical evidence, and other such gains of Western modernity are in safe hands among Harry and his friends.