Salman Rushdie, Step Across the Line, 2002:
The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings. Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult sufferage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex… The islamic fundamentalists don’t think Westerners believe in anything. To prove him wrong, we must first know he is wrong. We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreements, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love. These will be our weapons.
So go forth and kiss someone, each a bacon sandwich, distribute beauty.
3 thoughts on “To prove the Islamic fundamentalist wrong, we must agree on what matters: bacon”
Ham and swiss with bacon on rye today.
Thank you, Rik. I will do my best.
That sounds like a very worthy tradition: bacon sandwiches on 9/11. Love it!