27 Aug '16, 11am

The gay issue in Malaysia and Indonesia as a window into the civilisational crisis of the Islamic world

In order to be an effective counterpoint to economic, social and political stagnation, assertions of moral superiority need to made loudly. It is loudness that gives the counterpoint force and weight. It needs to drown out the daily humiliations experienced and shout down regular criticisms coming from the developed world. However, since assertions of moral superiority and past grandeur (or purity) will do little to solve today’s material and social problems (without curing which, pride cannot be restored), each round of rallying will be proven ineffective. Escalation then results. With each iteration, the rallying calls become more militant. A trope of martyrdom is woven into the rhetoric. This is because assertions of moral superiority are always vulnerable to accusations that they amount to little more than hot air. There is no better proof of sincerity and genuine beli...

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