Letters for January, 2010.… Read the rest
Archive for January 2010
I’ve been engaging in yet another round of trying to challenge the dopy sexism that is so common in internet discussion, as if someone had declared the internet a boys-only domain. This time the dopy sexism was in comments at Richard Dawkins’s site, in a thread on that dreadful article by Nancy Graham Holm. Someone called her a stupid bitch and I said I hate her article as much as anyone but can’t we say how bad it is without resorting to sexist epithets? Stupidly, I always expect elbow-jogs of that kind to be 1) self-evident and 2) sufficient, so I’m always surprised when instead I get a big indignant idiotic argument. I got one this time, … Read the rest
This time, in contrast to the Rushdie case, few have shown solidarity with the threatened Danish cartoonists.… Read the rest
California is too broke to buy textbooks, so Texas has more clout than ever. Be afraid.… Read the rest
Defiance helps – it reduces the fear.… Read the rest
A ban is just what the party-of-one Choudary wants. Ignore him.… Read the rest
He is not impressed.… Read the rest
She analyzes the bizarre arguments so you don’t have to.… Read the rest
‘Islamophobia’ has many definitions, but it is generally understood to incorporate an irrational bigotry towards Muslims and a view of Islam which is based on prejudice. While anti-Muslim bigotry is undoubtedly a problem that needs to be confronted, the elasticity of the concept of ‘Islamophobia’ is dangerous, for it is open to abuse by those who seek to silence legitimate criticism of Islamism and Islamic beliefs and practices. Arguably, for many who push the idea that the West is in the grip of rampant ‘Islamophobia’, silencing criticism of Islamist politics or Islam itself is their true intention. The most disturbing aspect of the rise of the discourse of ‘Islamophobia’ has been the deliberate conflation of opposition to a religious ideology … Read the rest
Leo Igwe and his father were arrested this morning.
The police team was led by Dr Edward Uwa the university leacturer who raped a ten year old student Miss Daberechi Anongam…About three years ago, Dr Uwa invited Ms Daberechi Anongam to do some house chores for him and forced her to bed, covering her mouth and raped her. She sustained several injuries in her private part. Leo Igwe and his family members led an intensive campaign for justice for Ms Daberechi. After a lot of intrigues,the police now started a prosecution on the matter at Ahiazu magistrate court Imo State. Since then, Leo Igwe and his family have known no peace as several pettitions have been written against them
Latest news: he and his father have been released on bail. Read the details.… Read the rest
Only the ones in cheap hotels though.… Read the rest
From al-Shabab, at that; lucky him.… Read the rest
A group of liberal Muslims is calling on the Islamic Council of Norway to demonstrate in support of Westergaard.… Read the rest
My take on Index on Censorship and the Motoons.… Read the rest
Along with his father; they are at risk of being tortured.… Read the rest
A commentator at Comment is Free explains about the axe-attack on Kurt Westergaard the other day.
It was the latest in a string of attempted attacks that can be traced directly to the offence caused by Westergaard’s cartoons for Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.
Unbelievable, isn’t it? A guy with an axe broke into Westergaard’s house and made an earnest effort to chop him up with it, and Nancy Graham Holm is pointing the finger of blame at Westergaard. For drawing a cartoon.
Why did the editors of Jyllands-Posten want to mock Islam in this way? Some of us believed it was in bad taste and also cruel. Intentional humiliation is an aggressive act. As a journalist now living
When other polls and lists seem to forget our existence, every little bit of awareness helps.… Read the rest
Many academics seem incapable of grasping that Islamist ‘radicalism’ is neither liberal nor left.… Read the rest