A battle royale is set to take place in London, and it won't be a heavyweight boxing match. Daniel Pipes, a leading critical scholar of Islam, is to debate Ken Livingstone, leftist admirer of Islamic culture and all things left. Our contributor Peter Glover blogs about it on his site Wires. Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw it. But it's true, London's mayoral answer to Lenin (but without brains) Ken Livingstone is to debate Islam expert Daniel Pipes in London on January 20, 2007. The bash is billed as "A World Civilisation or a Clash of Civilisations". The full details are here.
The premise between them is that Livinsgtone, being pals with various Muslim hatemongering clerics, will put forward how multicultural London (that's the same London representatives of Islam's "civilisation" attempted to maim and mutilate a couple of years ago) represents a key example of how two civilisations can integrate successfully. Pipes being a non-PC type who lives on Planet Earth and has experienced both "civilisations" will however contend that while one is indeed a civilisation the other represents barbarianism. [emphasis in the original]
AT hopes to provide a first hand account, either from Peter or from another of our contributors who may be attending. Stay tuned.