"Ready for dinner"
On the same day that New York Times columnist David Brooks issued a bigoted column questioning the mental capacity of Egyptians, writer and llama purchaser Joyce Carol Oates has made some controversial statements of her own. Regarding the violence in Egypt, today she tweeted:
Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed & rape is epidemic--Egypt--natural to inquire: what's the predominant religion?— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 5, 2013
If 99.3% of women reported being treated equitably, fairly, generously--it would be natural to ask: what's the predominant religion?— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 5, 2013
Update: Oates has responded to the criticism she received for her tweets, acknowledging that “Blaming religion(s) for cruel behavior of believers may be a way of not wishing to acknowledge they’d be just as cruel if secular.”
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