The imperialism of the new sexual righteousness: European Parliament Says Athos Monks Must End 1000-Year Male-Only Tradition, and Dutch abortion ship invades Poland. Mount Athos has been the center of Orthodox monasticism for more than a thousand years, and part of their discipline has always been the exclusion of women. The European Parliament finds it intolerable that any place anywhere fall short of feminist orthodoxy, so they’re demanding that the Greek government straighten the monks out. And when a much-hyped visit of a Dutch ship offering abortion cruises to Polish women was greeted by protestors throwing eggs and red paint, the European press called the protestors “angry,” “fierce,” “irate,” “outraged,” “abusive,” “insulting,” “ultra-conservative” and “reactionary.” Tolerance, as we all know, only goes one way.
[Update: for a generally sensible discussion and analysis of the Athos situation, see Trespassers on the Holy Mountain.]