A feminist activist told us she feared a return visit to “Hotel Evin” – Evin Prison, where she had been tortured. … Read the rest
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Popular forums like newspapers critique the person who did the research, not the research itself.… Read the rest
Yet the Guardian goes on calling it circumcision.… Read the rest
I have often complained of the shallowness, triviality, and anaemia of current theism/atheism discussions. In the following contribution (hopefully to be followed by others) I mean to infuse some lifeblood into the discussion. If, on whichever side of the discussion you may be, you still find much in what I say with which you strongly disagree, which indeed irritates you, that will be all the better. I mean to stir stagnant waters, inject turbulence into placid intellectual positions.
The idea of a creator or of creation is metaphysically bankrupt. It is a silly notion that breeds more riddles than it solves. In fact it solves nothing. If we ask: Why should there be anything rather than nothing?, we see immediately … Read the rest
Our friend mirax sent the link to this splendid article by Farish Noor
I was on a BBC radio programme recently, in conversation with a certain Minister of a certain Religious Affairs Department of a certain Muslim country…But what irked me was the refrain of the Minister in question, who again and again repeated the same line: “A billion Muslims all over the world are outraged by this knighthood being conferred on Rushdie, who has insulted Islam and Muslims”.
Not exactly, Noor points out.
These were not spontaneous acts of public outrage but rather planned and orchestrated demonstrations calculated to have maximum mediatic effect. And what an effect it has had.
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The reactivation of the demonised image of Rushdie has
I found this quite unconvincing, so unconvincing that I looked for more on Jonathan Haidt, and found what I turned up unconvincing too. And not just unconvincing, but also unfortunate.
“Psychologist Jonathan Haidt wants to help liberal types like me understand why some people condemn homosexual relationships as immoral.” Imagine someone saying ‘Gay marriage will destroy society, because homosexuality is an abomination to God and will undermine marriage.’ Liberals think that’s a bad reason.
But Haidt, who works at the University of Virginia and specializes in issues of morality, says the conservative viewpoint isn’t just theta waves – it’s based on a moral compass that points in dimensions liberals simply don’t perceive.
I don’t think so. I think it’s based … Read the rest
‘For many a young Asian academic and student then, Rushdie was our spokesman, our voice of reason.’… Read the rest
Well done. Let’s hope it catches on.… Read the rest
Are liberals morally stunted? Or are conservatives morally bloated.… Read the rest
‘Maxim was approached by the Israeli consulate to be a part of reshaping Israel’s public image.’… Read the rest
It’s prejudicial to call it rape, but then what is it to call it sex?… Read the rest
Liberals are blind to the disgust ‘argument’ against homosexuality, Jonathan Haidt claims.… Read the rest
Saying MLK wasn’t a true Christian is a dodge; lose ten points.… Read the rest
Iran applied pressure, Thai government caved. Another win for the ‘glorious Islamic Revolution.’… Read the rest
‘This is atheism’s moment,’ says publisher.… Read the rest
The anti-religion case has never been put so well or so comprehensively as in this razor-sharp book.… Read the rest
Having lost their own belief in progress and liberation, secular intellectuals are irked by their encounters with people who, on whatever basis, retain a vision of the good society and a commitment to realising it.
No; that’s wrong; that could hardly be wronger. That neatly gets the matter exactly backwards. It is because I have not lost my belief in (the desirability of) progress and liberation, because in fact that belief has considerably strengthened and sharpened as I’ve learned more about its pervasive enemies, I am, not irked, but repelled and horrified by my encounters with people who retain a vision of the bad society and a commitment to realising it.
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They clearly feel rebuked by the
Deoband thinking is winning.… Read the rest
‘In some ways I feel more human than I ever have.’… Read the rest