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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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CJ Werleman: The Mo Ansar of Atheism

CJ Werleman: The Mo Ansar of Atheism

Courtney (CJ) Werleman is an extraordinarily deceitful, vindictive, unethical, galling, attention seeking, spiteful charlatan masquerading as an expert.

He is an Australian writer & social commentator who deliberately misrepresents the arguments of others for the purposes of erecting a strawman that he can then pummel relentlessly. CJ’s charming tactics include ascribing positions to his opponents that they do not hold, attributing arguments to them that they they’ve never made and holding them partially responsible for the actions of murderers.

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The Young Turks’ Contempt for Free Speech

Scene of the shooting in Garland, Texas.

Scene of the shooting in Garland, Texas.

Two gunmen opened fire at a free speech event held in Texas on Sunday. A security guard was wounded in the attack but thankfully the only fatalities were the gunmen themselves. The identities of the perpetrators and their motivations for committing this attack become pathetically easy to ascertain once the title of the event is revealed: Draw Mohammed Day.

The event was sponsored by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, both of whom already know what it’s like to be persecuted for uttering unwelcome opinions. They are both currently under banning orders issued by the British Home Secretary which prevent them from entering the UK due to their prior statements about one religious ideology in particular.

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A Cat Amongst the Pigeons

A Cat Amongst the Pigeons

“I shall not cease from mental strife

nor shall my pen sleep in my hand

till Rushdie has a right to life

and books aren’t burned or banned”

Tony Harrison

The late, great Christopher Hitchens once said that religion makes morally normal people say and do disgusting and wicked things. As if on a one man crusade to prove this point conclusively, the artist formally known as Cat Stevens appeared on a BBC panel show in 1989 called Hypotheticals espousing his desire that a British citizen be murdered for the crime of blasphemy.

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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Politics, Religion

 

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Reza Aslan and The Apostates Experience

ISIS Crucifies 8 Christians in Syria for Apostasy From Islam.

ISIS Crucifies 8 Christians in Syria for Apostasy From Islam.

“If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today…Opposing apostasy is what kept Islam to this day.”  – Yousef al-Qaradawi

Religious scholar and Islamic apologist Reza Aslan has recently tweeted that the most “venomous” threats he receives are from atheists.  This has kick-started a backlash in the form of the #AnApostatesExperience hashtag on Twitter and Facebook with many ex-Muslims detailing the harrowing threats and persecution they have experienced from the Muslim community upon renouncing their faith. The intent of this backlash has been to illustrate that however “venomous” these empty threats received by Reza Aslan may have been, they almost certainly pale into insignificance when compared with the widespread, real-world victimisation of Muslims that have had the temerity to abandon or even question their religious beliefs.

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Politics, Religion

 

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A One Sided Story

A One Sided Story

This article is essentially a response to a blog post written by Asghar Bukhari, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK. His article can be viewed here:

https://medium.com/p/69f5901a376c

To extensively dissect everything wrong with Bukhari’s essay is seriously beyond the scope of my time and inclination, but I will attempt to address the two main focus points of his article which are as follows: the motivations of Michael Adebolajo (the more outspoken of the two men who murdered British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich) and the role that Western Foreign Policy played in inciting him to commit this murder.

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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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