Who ever said anything about fascists? I just point out that being found politically correct doesn't particularly bother me cause, as Polly Toynbee eloquently said put, the phrase "political correctness" was born as a coded cover for all who still want to say paki, spastic or queer
. She's a bit extreme in her assesment, granted, but it's just that it's so often used [in the media, mind you, PCness is a trait of europe's and the states' culture, not very prominent around here at all] by racists and fundies and proponents of the annun akis thing that, well, I find it hard to be offended.
But it's you who's crying wolf here: no one's covering their ears and singing "omg you fascist STFU fascist fascist fascist lalalalalalala".
Also: spending more than 5 minutes at a time on lower bodily functions [aside from cholera, dysentry, gastroenteritis or your mom's cooking] is not, will not ever be considered "a productive use of your time".
No, but sitting down and reading books generally is.
Also, the ninteenth century called, they want their taxonomy of functions of the human organism back.
A solid and unified text on a boring topic e.g. a monograph on imports and exports of nonferrous metals through Pacific ports between 1911 and 1912 is more boring a) in total, b) by weight than a loosely bundled together collection of fun texts e.g. a book containing the best science fiction stories written in a particular year.
Granted, but it's not that the Bible is a collection of stories (which, by my experience of the thing, it's most certainly NOT, it's a random collection of I don't even know whats where there's stories in between). genealogies and accounts of things that I don't quite get even why they're part of it.
What I mean is that when I read the coran I know what I'm reading and what it's supposed to be: a message from god to mankind: it reads as that, a message from god to mankind: like dear mankind, you guise need to worship me and stuff because I want it, and if not, y'all going to burn, yo, cause that's how I roll.
a vile message, sometimes, neat sometimes, and strangely specific at others [you can't eat pig cause it's got three hooves or whatnor] you open the coran and you read it and it's that, a message from this god character to people everywhere. The bible, OTOH, is different; I can't help but wonder, upon reading it, why on earth is this in here? a genealogy of jedediah begat bemediah who begat ezikuliel, which people have printed and hand-copied and read aloud for millenia for example... WHYY.
I know it's supposed to be a message told through metaphors and literary allegory and whatnot, but... it doesn't read like a message, it doesn't read as a collection of stories to be read and enjoyed, it doesn't read like a guideline or manual for anything, it doesn't read as a text intended to guide or define doctrine or policy or philosophy or anything...
incidentally, who do you think is 'defending' islam ? they have a book that's marginally less boring to read to me personally, is all I'm sayin'. and this
(the bible is filled with stories that are) REALLY GOOD AND IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE AT ALL VAGUELY INVOLVED WITH THE WEST
why do people insist on equating 'the west' or 'western culture' with 'christianity' ? it's probably best to read justinian's code, or a good book on capitalism, or a sociological discourse on what modernity is, than the bible, if one's goal is to understand 'the west'.