I'm off for a few weeks, but keep checking in, as I have scheduled some "controversial" old posts.
Here's some reading for while I'm going.
Post of the week: Finding something worth fighting for is harder than finding something to fight against.
Benism: On Roger Scruton on irony and forgiveness. (Possibly an opportunity for Martin to finish some unfinished business? See also Francis.)
Keithism: What drove Melanie Phillips to the right?, Post-democratic Israel?, On denial (click on the link for a pdf), Is Turkey the only villain in this piece?
Also on Israel and Turkey, a very well written piece by the Turkish-American scholar Seyla Benhabib, writing from Tel Aviv. And also on genocide denial: Max Dunbar on Edward Herman. And on a different genocide, the UN's shameful silence on Srebernica.
Martinism: No more burqas, no more bans. (For a pro-ban view, see the Eygptian blogger Mona Eltahway, found via Martin, especially this. For a robust left-wing view, see Coatesy.) And on Blair, Chilcott, Iraq and 7/7: The baroness and the bombers.
Illiberalism: Pat Buchanan and Neil Clark.
Multiculturalism: The wrong way to celebrate diversity. Kenan Malik and engineered identities.
Rose-ism: David Aaronovitch on Jacqueline Rose on Dreyfus for today.
Fascism: Duncan on the current state of the BNP.
Secularism: In defence of hospital chaplains.