British comic stirs it up in Berkeley
A British comic’s humorous YouTube rant against Islam has caused ructions in California. Berkeley city council leaders condemned Pat Condell‘s five-minute monologue – one of a series on the subject of religion – as “stunning” because of its “stereotyping and bigotry of the tone and the language”.
Commissioner Elliot Cohen described it as “insulting, degenerating and racist”. Degenerating?
Condell’s views are certainly robustly expressed, but not racist (Islam is not a race). He makes the point that the increasingly shrill demands of various religions are largely the result of vocal Muslims getting their way via threats of violence:
they’ve shown everybody else what can be achieved by bullying and intimidation, so now every crackpot in the country feels entitled to respect for their precious beliefs.
He describes fundamentalist Muslim men who oppress women as “primitive pigs whose only achievement in life is to be born with a penis is one hand and a Koran in the other” – which seems fair enough.
Condell has received death threats from Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tower Hamlets. This is the video in question:
YouTube has a history of removing anti-Islam videos, and banning the creators. So let’s see how long this one stays up for.