"Discussion of Islam benefits society"

Finally. I have a letter printed in a national newspaper (albeit an online one). This is the problem the Internet presents: when you read something that inflames your passion so much, when it moves you to put something down in writing, technology allows you to send a reply immediately.

Do I regret sending the letter? Nope. What about not using a pseudonym? Nope, no problems there either. How about the sentiment? It's still there with me.

No, what annoys me in rereading it is the following sentence:
An argument along the lines of ‘You cannot talk about this, you're not one of us, you're not an expert on the issue’ effectively reduces the debate to a childish argument along the lines of ‘I'm right, you're wrong’.

This, probably the key paragraph in the whole letter, has the phrase "along the lines" repeated to no real affect. I would like to remove the second "along the lines" please. It's punchier that way.

I could have done it if it was on this website, but now it's on somebody elses...

Argh. Grr.
posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - permalink
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