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Believer

Believer

Imagine a series of An Idiot Abroad in which effortlessly amusing man-child Karl Pilkington is replaced by an effeminate Topman mannequin in a silver-flecked wig. Congratulations, you’ve just imagined Believer with Reza Aslan.

Yesterday I finally got round to watching the first episode of CNN’s six-part travelogue, in which Aslan cosies up with members of various eccentric belief systems in the hope of convincing us that religions are nothing more than “different languages” used to express the same inherent faith. Or something.

This is not the kind of condescending, new age guff that I like to hear about real-world ideologies that are responsible for the death and abject misery of countless billions of real human beings, and so I was very much looking forward to hating this show. To that extent I was disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Hinduism, Islam, Religion, Reza Aslan

 

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Milogate

Milogate

Raging narcissist and professional irritant Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last week and was repeatedly told to go fuck himself (a request that I suspect Milo has earnestly attempted to overcome the logistics of, from time to time.) This overtly hostile reaction from both Maher and his other guests naturally resulted in catchy headlines such as; Milo Yiannopoulos found a bromance with Bill Maher, and Dean Obeidallah’s roll-off-the-tongue effort; Bill Maher’s shameful mainstreaming of Yiannopoulos’ hate. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Free Speech

 

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The Comic Con

The Comic Con

There’s a charming line of argument popular among the godly, which posits that a lack of religious faith is responsible for the crimes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, that morality is impossible without submitting to the authority of a supernatural creator, and that the only psychological state necessary to commit mass murder is a lack of belief in deities. There is even an entire book devoted to this nonsense entitled The Amorality of Atheism by Giorgio Roversi.

Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have spent much of their careers as ‘New Atheist’ authors and speakers, kicking these arguments into orbit.

A recent mutation of these trite and fatuous accusations of atheism-inspired violence has begun to spread, which argues that New Atheism’s criticism of religion’s inherent menace is tantamount to incitement to violence.

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The Alt-Right to Remain Silent

The Alt-Right to Remain Silent

A few weeks ago the BBC broadcast a comedy skit satirising the western women who abscond to Syria and Iraq to live under the caliphate. Filmed in the style of one of those insufferable reality TV shows about entitled, narcissistic, Sex-and-the-City types who have kids called ‘Porsche’ and tedious shoe obsessions; the Real Housewives of ISIS poked fun at the clash between western culture and the 7th century theocracy of the Islamic State.

The 2 minute clip spoofed cloaked women fretting over what to wear to a public beheading, suicide vest fashion parades, jihadist Instagram hashtags, ISIS emoticons, etcetera etcetera.

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Posted by on January 22, 2017 in Free Speech, Islam

 

Luton’s Finest

Luton’s Finest

Due to its propensity to churn out Muslim terrorists with startling regularity, Luton has become a town plagued by what are commonly referred to nowadays as “religious tensions”.

The Fertiliser Bomb Plotters, the perpetrators of 7/7, the Stockholm bomber, Al Muhajaroun and a great many other jihadist recruits and would-be terrorists have all used Luton as a base. This is unsurprising when you consider that Luton falls under the jurisdiction of a police force who have repeatedly demonstrated their total and utter incompetence in tackling Muslim extremism, and have otherwise proven their general illiteracy in all things Islamic. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Islam, Islamisim, Luton

 

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The Trial of Louis Smith

The Trial of Louis Smith

Another day, another episode of what Christopher Hitchens once described as “theocratic encroachment on free society”. This time it’s Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith MBE who’s been thrown on the pyre – or more accurately – banned for 2 months from British Gymnastics after a video he recorded of his inebriated friend taking the piss out of the Islamic prayer ritual got snared by The Sun and circulated around the internet.

Being that I don’t care too much for gymnastics, nor do I occupy my time watching inexplicably popular ballroom dancing competitions, I only had a vague idea who Louis Smith was until the video of him and his mate drunkenly Allahu Akbar’ing appeared on my radar. Naturally I warmed to him in an instant. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Swimsuit Issue

The Swimsuit Issue

I’ve got to hand it to Islam, it regularly forces me to confront questions I could otherwise have spent my entire life happily not giving a moment’s thought. For instance: is it ethical for the French authorities to criminalise the natural human instinct to rush to the beach cloaked from head to toe in a suffocating black body-stocking in 90 degree weather?

It’d be tempting to say ‘no’ and have done with it. I view every new prohibition as an incremental reduction in the overall freedom and liberalism of the country that enforces it. I have a general knee-jerk reaction to the introduction of bans, which is to denounce the erosion of liberty and to moan a lot.

However, in the case of the burkini – the Islamic beachwear recently banned and then unbanned by a number of French towns – I have genuinely mixed feelings which I’m going to thrash out here if only to collect my somewhat contradictory thoughts on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Islam, Politics

 

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