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More on Shazia Khalid *

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‘They treat a woman like a cow,’ her husband says.… Read the rest

Bagginian Thought Experiments to Play With *

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Bhikhu Parekh, David Goodhart, Roger Scruton, John Carey and others examine some.… Read the rest

Barry Allen Reviews Simon Blackburn *

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‘A relativist is an imaginary being, like Mr. Pickwick or Mephistopheles.’… Read the rest

State Schools Teach Blazerwearing *

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Evangelical millionaire car dealers fund ‘Christian values’ via schools.… Read the rest

Smug Puzzlement *

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‘Clever people disagree with me because they are bored.’ Is that why?… Read the rest

Nobel Prize for Smugness

Aug 2nd, 2005 1:45 am | By

Well, smugness is a good thing, of course, but there is such a thing as too much of it.

Lots of people move to the right as they grow older, and newspaper commentators are no exception…So what are we to make of Nick Cohen, the most uncompromising left-wing columnist in the British press for most of the past decade? How far right is he going?…Cohen, who continues to write for the NS as well as the Observer, argues that the left has gone right, not him. The left should be secular and liberal, he says, but the anti-war movement has, in effect, found itself supporting Islamic fascists. “To read the liberal press,” Cohen tells me, “you would think the authentic

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Two Kinds

Aug 1st, 2005 6:03 pm | By

You want martyr? I’ll give you martyr. Here’s a real martyr.

Mahmud Muhammad Taha argued for a distinction to be drawn between the Meccan and the Medinan sections of the Koran. He advocated a return to peaceable Meccan Islam, which he argued is applicable to today, whereas the bellicose Medinan teachings should be consigned to history. For taking this position he was tried for apostasy, found guilty and executed by the Sudanese government in 1985.

There seems to be a lot of confusion around on this subject.

The funeral of British suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer was held in absentia in his family’s ancestral village, near Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of people attended, as they did again the following day when a

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Jacoby v Horowitz on Academic Bill of Rights *

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Horowitz still claiming Fish, Bérubé and Gitlin ‘vetted and approved’ ABR.… Read the rest

The Banality of the Bombers *

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What set Eichmann apart was his ability not to think seriously about what he was doing.… Read the rest

The Myth of Islam as Religion of Peace *

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Violence is as central to Islam as it is to Christianity.… Read the rest

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Hears Challenge *

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To a law introducing a Taleban-style moral code in North-West Frontier Province.… Read the rest


Aug 1st, 2005 1:00 am | By

A little from that sickening interview in Prospect.

Taseer: It’s martyrdom, isn’t it?

Butt: Absolutely. It’s something that makes me really depressed being stuck in this country because I know I’m so far away from it. I know that if I was to pass away in my sleep, then I would not have the mercy of Allah upon me because I have been such a bad person. And I don’t see myself in any way as getting into heaven that easily, except through martyrdom.

‘Allah’ won’t give him ‘mercy’ if he just dies of gangrene from an infected pimple. No, he has to kill himself and a lot of other random people – then ‘Allah’ will be nice to … Read the rest

Tectonic Plates Shifting *

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Eve Garrard on changes in the moral landscape.… Read the rest

Localized Terror: Rape With Impunity *

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Debasement that is the lot of women in much of the world.… Read the rest

Witchcraft *

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‘As a witch of the neo-Pagan strand I object to my faith being persecuted on face-value.’… Read the rest

Congo’s Child Victims of Superstition *

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Children accused of witchcraft live in the street, or worse.… Read the rest

Euphemism Piled Upon Euphemism

Jul 31st, 2005 2:20 am | By

Identity, eh. Identity, identity, identity – how sick we all are of hearing about it. The hell with identity. Get over it – you are what you are, never mind what your precious ‘identity’ is, just get on with it, do something useful, make a difference, forget about your darling self for five minutes, think about something more interesting.

Eve Garrard says a few words on this subject at Normblog.

Human rights are an indispensable part of a morally decent society (though the eager embracing of victimhood is not, and there’s no doubt that the discourse of human rights has, along with multiculturalism, encouraged many to regard the status of victim of rights-violation as the most attractive one going,

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The ‘Spiritual’ Inspiration for Mass Murder *

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Cheerleaders and recruiters.… Read the rest

Inequality Does Matter *

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Low status and subordination cause stress and pain.… Read the rest


Jul 29th, 2005 8:53 pm | By

Hmm. Should I do the charitable reading thing? Or should I just yell is Peter Singer nuts?

Let’s try the charitable reading. He mis-spoke. He left out the qualifying phrase. He forgot a crucial adjective or two. He – um – lives in a hole in the ground and has all his news filtered by hooded agents of a secret international organization?

Singer sought the clash with neo-con America, partly to revive a career that was going stale. True, when he was appointed Ira W de Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University in 1999, Bill Clinton was in the White House, but still Singer had been lured from the relatively liberal milieu of academic Melbourne because he thought

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