Sanctimony is under threat around the globe. With Israel’s ultra-orthodox kicked out of the government, to take one current instance, Israel’s non-ultra-orthodox population suddenly has nowhere to go for its spankings.

In other places, matters are even worse: People are getting belligerently anti-sanctimonious.

A woman attending the now-notorious Islamic Awareness event at University College London (go here for details) stood up at the end to lecture guest speaker Lawrence Krauss on the glories of sex segregation (it had just been imposed in that very lecture hall).

Professor Krauss shot back that women so viscerally offended by unthreatening male company in a public space would do well to stay home and spare others their sanctimonious conservatism.

Is sanctimony being forced into the closet?

From whence cometh our shaming if our shamers are silenced?

University Diaries introduces a new series – Sanctimony Watch – which will keep an eye on growing threats to sanctimony around the world.

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4 Responses to “Sanctimony Watch”

  1. Ophelia Benson Says:

    Sanctimony watch – what a great idea!

  2. adam Says:

    Sanctimony is so phony,
    Making out like Berlusconi.
    All it takes is seeming tony
    While you bullshit with baloney.

  3. Alan Allport Says:

    UCL has now banned iERA from further use of its facilities, according to the Mail.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Alan: Yes. I haven’t mentioned that on the blog, because I don’t think it means anything. There are many other organizations, and they will keep trying.

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