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November 22, 2004

Neocolonialism

Following the refusal of an imam to shake the polluting hand of Dutch immigration secretary Rita Verdonk, Zacht Ei asks an important question about what it really means to respect people from different cultures.

Let's say that someone from another country tells you the Sun revolves around the Earth. Would you correct him, or just snigger behind his back? Which course of action would show the most respect for the person you're having a conversation with?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 22, 2004 07:41 AM

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This is why the papists love me, I respect them.

Posted by: Dave Munger at November 22, 2004 08:41 PM

I think my brain is in slow-motion this evening. Is that a Galileo reference? I ask because "Papist" is often used as a term-of-abuse in Northern Ireland (though I am certain you did not mean to use it in that sense).

Posted by: Flea at November 22, 2004 08:59 PM