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Rorty’s Solution to a Basic Philosophical Question *

Aug 14th, 2007 | Filed by

His critique of universalism constituted a liberation but left no alternative to moral ethnocentrism. … Read the rest

The Bible is Crap Literature *

Aug 14th, 2007 | Filed by

The Good Book is not, as is so often suggested, a damn good read. It’s crap.… Read the rest

Ex-Muslim ‘Foments Sectarian Antagonism’ *

Aug 14th, 2007 | Filed by

According to the AP, anyway.… Read the rest

The West Midlands Censorship Bureau

Aug 13th, 2007 5:48 pm | By

So the West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service issued a joint statement condemning Undercover Mosque and announcing that the West Midlands Police had referred the documentary to Ofcom. The cops wanted the programme makers prosecuted for stirring up racial hatred. They seem to be slightly confused.

[T]he real story should have been about the alarmingly censorial and quite possibly libellous attack on investigative journalism. No matter, on Radio 4’s PM programme, it was Dispatches’ commissioning editor Kevin Sutcliffe who was subjected to a grilling, while Abu Usamah, one of the subjects of the documentary, was portrayed as a harmless victim…[H]ere is Usamah spreading his message of inter-communal respect and understanding, as captured in Undercover Mosque: ‘No one

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Do the West Midlands Police Side with Islamists? *

Aug 13th, 2007 | Filed by

The Islamic state envisaged is not an ideal kingdom of heaven where the lion shall lie down with the lamb. … Read the rest

The Police as TV Critics – Thumbs Down *

Aug 13th, 2007 | Filed by

Had anyone asked the police for specific examples to justify their grand claim, they would have been left wanting.… Read the rest

Imams OK, Reporters All Wrong *

Aug 13th, 2007 | Filed by

Charges will not be brought against kuffar-hating clerics, but police report Channel 4 to Ofcom.… Read the rest

Mohammed Shafiq is Outraged *

Aug 13th, 2007 | Filed by

‘Channel 4 should apologise immediately for the hurt they have caused those people.’… Read the rest

Channel 4’s Kevin Sutcliffe Replies *

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The speakers were shown making abhorrent comments in mainstream Islamic institutions.… Read the rest

Why Are the Cops Collaring TV? *

Aug 13th, 2007 | Filed by

Undercover Mosque was great journalism. That the CPS thought it incited racial hatred beggars belief.… Read the rest

Police Investigate ‘Undercover Mosque’ *

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‘Community leaders’ were ‘enraged’ by Channel 4 documentary.… Read the rest

Another Swift, another Pope, another Wilde

Aug 12th, 2007 4:13 pm | By

Good grief, as if I don’t have enough to do, now I’m having to fend off the ravings of a reader who seems to have suddenly gone stark raving mad. Although there was, to be sure, always a whiff of madness…But now it’s more like an old overfull garbage can at the end of a hot August day. He’s pissed off because I wrote something (something very brief) about Ehsan Jami the other day; he’s been bombarding me with emails telling me how awful he thinks Jami is; the one he sent today was so rude and condescending and aggressive that I became irritated as well as bored, and told him to stop lecturing me. He sent an even ruder … Read the rest

Good people here, bad people there

Aug 12th, 2007 3:49 pm | By

Shiraz Maher escaped from Hizb ut-Tahrir

Islamism transcends cultural norms, so it not only prompted me to reject my British identity but also my ethnic South Asian background. I was neither eastern, nor western; I was a Muslim, a part of the global ummah, where identity is defined through the fraternity of faith. Islamists insist this identity is not racist because Islam welcomes people of all colours, ethnicities and backgrounds. That was true, but our world view was still horribly bipolar. We didn’t distinguish on the basis of colour, but on creed. The world was simply divided into believers and nonbelievers.

Identity defined through the ‘fraternity of faith’ is not racist, good, but it does divide the world simply … Read the rest

Our World View Was Still Horriby Bipolar *

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‘We didn’t distinguish on the basis of colour, but on creed. The world was simply divided into believers and nonbelievers.’… Read the rest

The Observer’s Astrologer Grumbles at Dawkins *

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‘Few things arouse the indignation of science’s hard hats like non-conventional approaches to healing.’… Read the rest

Skeptics Whup God in Bestseller Competition *

Aug 12th, 2007 | Filed by

Dawkins and Hitchens currently outselling pope. It’s a start.… Read the rest

Time for the Caliphate to Reign *

Aug 12th, 2007 | Filed by

‘Why do some Muslims not agree with the Islamic Sharia, even though it is for the own good of Muslims?’… Read the rest

The Islamist Dream Fills a Jakarta Stadium *

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‘Maybe not liberal democracy, but uncommon democracy; based on religious values.’… Read the rest

Caliphate Conference in Indonesia *

Aug 12th, 2007 | Filed by

The ideal form of government: it follows ‘the laws of God’ rather than laws designed by humans.… Read the rest

Dreams of a caliphate

Aug 12th, 2007 11:37 am | By

Why would a caliphate be such a nice thing?

Hizb ut-Tahrir regards this as the ideal form of government, because it follows what it believes are the laws of God as set out in the Koran, rather than laws designed by [humans].

Right. And that’s why we don’t regard a caliphate as the ideal form of government but rather as the ulitmate nightmare. It’s because the ‘laws of God’ are beyond appeal and rational analysis and reform in the light of new knowledge or improved morality, whereas laws designed by humans are not. In practice, of course, the ‘laws of God’ are sometimes revised or reformed, but in principle they can always be and often are declared inviolable as … Read the rest