Zuma is again blackmailing voters by claiming that unless they vote for his party, their souls are in peril.
The point is not always whether god exists. Sometimes – perhaps most of the time – it’s also worth focusing on what you do with that belief, or lack of belief.
The only rational way to respond to a climate of hypersensitivity might appear to be to shut up, and not say anything at all, for fear of offending someone.
After three-and-a-bit years of columns for the Daily Maverick, this Opinionista bids you farewell.
In June 1978, UK Labour politician Dennis Healey observed that enduring criticism from Tory minister Geoffrey Howe was like “being savaged by a dead sheep”. That sounds rather stimulating when compared with some recent debate in South Africa’s Parliament.
We can take crimes committed in the name of Satanism and the occult seriously without trading in misrepresentation and caricature of those who subscribe to minority religions. In fact, taking those crimes seriously demands that we do so.
We know that there are many odious views out there, especially ones involving bigotry of various sorts. It’s not censorship to refuse to air them – and in fact, airing them might sometimes run contrary to editorial responsibilities.
Progress in reaching common ground between what appear to be irreconcilable viewpoints often happens in slow increments. But our attention spans and fondness for hyperbole gets in the way of recognising this, and perhaps perpetuates unnecessary disagreement.
Even though we’re not yet at the halfway mark of the annual initiation ceremonies in Mpumalanga, as many people have already died there as in the Boston bombings. Yet by contrast to the bombings, the Mpumalanga initiation deaths were easy to anticipate and prevent.
Death should not be trivialised, so it’s understandable that some of us are wary of legislation that allows for assisted suicide. But if it’s the dignity of life that we’re hoping to preserve, it’s unclear how denying suffering people their final choice promotes a sort of dignity worth preserving.