Glenn Beck gave the more comprehensive analysis on the rape charge against Julian Assange (shockingly).
His conclusion: Julian Assange is a dirtbag, but not a rapist
His description of what happened is 100% consistant from what i have read from multiple other sources.
Apparently Sweden have very progressive rape laws. Julian Assange was in fact charge with one of those progressive laws, namely “sex by surprise”. According to Slate “sex by surprise” is highly unlikely to constitute a rape crime in the United States.
more information about one of the girls who is accusing Assange of rape.
anyway, Assange and even Wikileaks are just symptoms of whats more to come. In the age of internet and globalization, power is more decentralized than ever, Wikileaks (and sadly Al Queda) are examples of new found power of people against establishment. Even if they somehow succeed in taking down Assange and Wikileaks, they will just be replace by others. So stop trying.
p.s. The Tea Partiers need to start speaking out against the attack on Assange and Wikileaks, if the truly believen in what they preach.
Opposition to Park51 (aka. Cordoba House) reflect the Christianist backlash against Islam extremist in the post 9/11 world of arguably the worst kind.
Below is a summary (and crude generalization) of the various philosophical leaning and their various response against Islam extremist:
Moderate atheist – religious extremism is the problem
Moderates religious sympathizers – Islam extremism is the problem
Anti-Americanism – American Middle Eastern policy is the problem
New atheist – Religion is the problem
Christianist – Islam is the problem
-Moderates of either kind probably have the best intellectual foundation to form a pragmatic strategy against Al Queda. Their response allow them to ally with moderate Islam and isolate extremist in their own society.
-Anti-Americanism response would be for the US to fundamentally change their Middle East, which is probably unrealistic (but I really dont know enough about it).
-New Atheist approach is intellectually appealing and coherent, but they are either insensitive to the spiritual need of the religious or unable to put forward an alternative to satisfy that need (evidently, secular humanism is just not attractive enough).
-Christianist approach lumps Islam extremism together with moderate Islam. It is by far the most hypocritical, tribal(my religion is better than yours) and dangerous response. It alienating moderate Islam and submitting to the clash of civilization narrative favored by the extremist.
If the right wingers are as patriotic and Al Queda hating as they are, they should really have that mosque built. There is really no good reason for the opposing it, except for dubious short-term political gain.
New atheist Sam Harries on Park51 (aka. Cordoba House)