Sunday, October 16, 2005

“Can people taken more or less at random, who are however members of a class or nation perceived to be an enemy of Islam, rightly be beheaded?”

One of the most fascinating conservative thinkers in Britain is Theodore Dalrymple. For many years, he has been a psychiatrist in British jails, he tried to help people living in the underbelly of British society, and most of his observations are devastating.

In an interview with FrontPage he remarked: 'About half of British homes no longer have a dining table. People do not eat meals together - they graze, finding what they want in the fridge, and eating in a solitary fashion whenever they feel like it (which is usually often), irrespective of the other people in the household.
This means that they never learn that eating is a social activity (many of the prisoners in the prison in which I worked had never in their entire lives eaten at a table with another person); they never learn to discipline their conduct; they never learn that the state of their appetite at any given moment should not be the sole consideration in deciding whether to eat or not.
In other words, one's own interior state is all-important in deciding when to eat. And this is the model of all their behaviour.'

Dr. Dalrymple now wrote a piece about beheadings:

'Is beheading Islamic? Clearly it is not uniquely so, or it would have been unknown elsewhere, which is certainly very far from the case. Nevertheless, in the modern world at least, beheading seems to be largely the prerogative of people acting in the name of Islam. This is a sociological fact, whatever the doctrinal justification for it. But is beheading permitted or enjoined or forbidden by true Islam?'

Read his piece. It sparkles with intelligence.


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