- Hitchens on cartoons and the State Department
- Drinking from Home on police priorities
- Theo van Gogh, slaughtered, Ayaan Hirsi Ali under protection
- Hitoshi Igarashi, murdered, Ettore Capriolo, murdered.
Here’s one of my favourite Tom Lehrer songs, called The Vatican Rag.Mr Lehrer wouldn’t be with us now if it had been The Mecca Rag – he’d have been butchered by some fundamentalist fascist freak:
First you get down on your knees, Fiddle with your rosaries, Bow your head with great respect, And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect! Do whatever steps you want, if You have cleared them with the Pontiff. Everybody say his own Kyrie eleison, Doin' the Vatican Rag. Get in line in that processional, Step into that small confessional, There, the guy who's got religion'll Tell you if your sin's original. If it is, try playin' it safer, Drink the wine and chew the wafer, Two, four, six, eight, Time to transubstantiate! So get down upon your knees, Fiddle with your rosaries, Bow your head with great respect, And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect! Make a cross on your abdomen, When in Rome do like a Roman, Ave Maria, Gee it's good to see ya, Gettin' ecstatic an' Sorta dramatic an' Doin' the Vatican Rag!