Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wole Soyinka

There is a terrific interview with Wole Soyinka over on The Daily Beast. Writing of religious fundamentalist violence, he notes:

A virus has attacked the world of sense and sensibility, and it has spread to Nigeria, where it has taken on a sanguinary dimension. Roaming hordes of killers are entering homes and dragging out people of other faiths and hacking them to death. In my youth, you heard, side-by-side, the church bells ringing and the beautiful, sonorous call to prayer of the muezzin. But now, it's a disease. One doesn't really know how to handle it.

His superb, Vonnegutian solution is:
We should assemble all those who are pure and cannot abide other faiths, put them all in rockets, and fire them into space.

Genius.

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