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Machismo? Moi? *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Muslim ‘cleric’ jokes about bombings, hopes not to die in bed like old woman.… Read the rest



Canadian Book Chain Bans ‘Free Inquiry’ *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Indigo books banned Harper’s after learning June issue had all 12 prophet cartoons; FI came next.… Read the rest



Researchers Say 7/7 Was About Machismo *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

‘Suicide bombing in general is understandable in terms that are pretty ordinary.’… Read the rest



Nick Cohen on the FO and the Muslim Brotherhood *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Don’t miss Inayat’s charming comment.… Read the rest



Defense of ‘Feminist’ Ghettoization *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

When women self-obsess, that’s ‘political’. Is it?… Read the rest



Iran Sends Human Rights Abuser to UN HRC *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Saeed Mortazavi has been accused of direct participation in the murder of Zahra Kazemi.… Read the rest



Colin McGinn

Jul 8th, 2006 10:12 pm | By

Colin McGinn talks to Bill Moyers [link fixed!]:

BILL MOYERS: What do you think is missing in our conversation between faith and reason? You’ve been at this festival of writers for several days now. What’s missing in our conversation between faith and reason?

COLIN MCGINN: Well, I think there’s too much tolerance of faith, and there’s not enough respect for reason. I think there are two sides to what’s happening in contemporary culture. Let’s talk about the reason side first. For the last 30-50 years, reason has been under attack. Subjectivism, relativism, multi-culturalism have been brought in to undermine the enlightenment values of the disinterested search for truth, the belief in objective justification, the belief in objective reality, the belief … Read the rest



One Eye Closed

Jul 8th, 2006 9:54 pm | By

This piece by Karen Armstrong has a big gaping hole in the middle of it.

[Blair's rebuke of 'moderate Muslims'] ignores the fact that the chief problem for most Muslims is not “the west” per se, but the suffering of Muslims in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Palestine. Many Britons share this dismay, but the strong emphasis placed by Islam upon justice and community solidarity makes this a religious issue for Muslims. When they see their brothers and sisters systematically oppressed and humiliated, some feel as wounded as a Christian who sees the Bible spat upon or the eucharistic host violated.

Speaking of ignoring facts – why is the chief problem for most Muslims the suffering of Muslims in Guantánamo, … Read the rest



Karen Armstrong Takes Oddly Selective View *

Jul 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Seems to assume that all Muslim suffering is at the hands of non-Muslims. Not quite right.… Read the rest



Colin McGinn Talks to Bill Moyers *

Jul 8th, 2006 | Filed by

‘I think there’s too much tolerance of faith, and there’s not enough respect for reason.’… Read the rest



Salman Rushdie Talks to Bill Moyers *

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‘The big change may come because Muslim women reject the oppression that they’ve been subjected to.’… Read the rest



Anger at Cardinal’s Excommunication Promise *

Jul 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Other planet residence suggested.… Read the rest



Vatican Heading Back to Inquisition *

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Italy’s leading expert on cloning likens the Vatican to the Taliban.… Read the rest



Leading Nothing

Jul 7th, 2006 8:28 pm | By

Here it is again. Yet again. The BBC declaring the head of the MCB a ‘leading Muslim’. But what makes him a leading Muslim, who says he’s a leading Muslim? The MCB is a self-appointed, very reactionary ‘council’ that gets treated and deferred to as if it represented all UK Muslims in some way, but it doesn’t. It’s very annoying and unhelpful and lazy and obscurantist that the BBC keeps pretending it does, keeps handing it a giant megaphone by rushing to ask its opinion every ten minutes and by refraining from asking non-MCB Muslims and people of Muslim background for their opinion at the same rate. Why does the BBC do that? Why doesn’t it stop doing that? … Read the rest



Death Penalty for not Praying in Somalia *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Somali Muslims who fail to perform daily prayers will be killed in accordance with Koranic law.… Read the rest



Munira Mirza: Nobody Elected Khan or Tanweer *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

But they thought elected governments had less claim to act on behalf of people than they did. … Read the rest



BBC Anoints MCB and Bari Yet Again *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Head of self-appointed unelected ‘Council’ called a ‘leading Muslim’ and respectfully quoted.… Read the rest



Never Mind the Flag, Save the Constitution *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

The First Amendment exists to forestall the instatement of taboos.… Read the rest



Philip Rieff Obituary *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Best known in scholarly circles for three early works on Freud and culture… Read the rest



Peter Tatchell Objects to Incitement to Murder *

Jul 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Buju Banton’s Boom Bye Bye urges people to shoot gays in the head, pour acid over them, burn them.… Read the rest