The Proud Duck

Thoughts on policy, history, faith, baseball when I get around to it, waterfowl, and life in general by a junior attorney who'd much rather have Jonah Goldberg's job. Or possibly Darin Erstad's.

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Friday, October 20, 2006
Logic from Iran's nasty little tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

"If the Holocaust is real why are those who have the opposite opinion about it being arrested and jailed?"

I'm no fan of the laws in Europe that prohibit questioning the Holocaust -- history should always be open to debate, and even if the evidence for an occurrence is overwhelming, the answer to a crackpot who denies it is ridicule, not prosecution. History may not be a true science, but it partakes enough of scientific and academic methods that criminalizing getting the "wrong" result is not acceptable, and will inevitably put a damper on energetic inquiry. It's not a coincidence that the logic of criminalizing one's scientific opponents has spread to the global warming debate, for example, with at least one global-warming proponent advocating "Nuremberg trials" for global warming "deniers."

But back to A-Jad (like that? Like A-Rod, and a lot easier than typing "Ahmadinejad" and having to look up the spelling each time). Someone needs to ask the question back at him: "If Islam is real, why are those who have the opposite opinion about it being arrested and jailed -- or killed?" The penalty for apostasy in Iran, of course, is death. Add hypocrisy to the long list of the little bearded schmuck's vices.