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It’s an Outrage

Jul 28th, 2005 8:08 pm | By

A reader tells me I’m wrong in the Flexible Labour comment – that Muslims (from the Indian subcontinent) were not recruited to move to the UK in the 50s, and that I have them confused in that respect with West Indians, who were. Okay. I did look it up before posting, in a reference book I happened to have handy (the Oxford Companion to British History) which did say people were recruited from the subcontinent, because I thought I thought that was the case but wasn’t sure. But one reference book can always be wrong.

I also apparently didn’t make my meaning entirely clear – probably because I knew so well what I meant that I didn’t notice it wasn’t … Read the rest



Subjugation of Women Not On in UK *

Jul 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Maybe ‘alienation’ comes from challenge to traditional feelings of male superiority.… Read the rest



A New Dictatorship in Iraq? *

Jul 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Of mullahs over women.… Read the rest



Three People Talking About Philosophy [audio] *

Jul 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Talking about arguments for God mostly.… Read the rest



How to Make a Revolution in Historical Linguistics

Jul 28th, 2005 | By Merlijn de Smit

Pick your myths carefully. Your battles won’t be won in the scholarly community as much as on the opinion pages of the Sunday newpapers, so you will need to develop a fine nose for the political relevancy of your “research”. Particularly historical linguistics is interlocked with identity politics to such an extent that you might consider making this your stomping ground. But choose the right kind of historical linguistics. A solid piece of research that draws theoretically interesting conclusions about the semantics of the perfective aspect of Old Church Slavonian will have people questioning the wisdom of financing academia with taxpayers’ money. A piece of total junk connecting nation A with glorious past civilization B will, if you play your … Read the rest



Impossible Dreams

Jul 28th, 2005 1:34 am | By

The Christians are coming, the Christians are coming. Well, at least, a dozen or so of them are, to part of South Carolina. And they got plans, dude.

In the South Carolina of their dreams, abortion would be illegal. The Ten Commandments would be proudly displayed. Public schools would be a thing of the past. Taxes would be severely limited, and property rights would be paramount.

Doesn’t that sound like paradise? Doesn’t that just sound like a little corner of heaven right here on earth? The Ten Commandments would be proudly displayed. Cool. So no graven images then – no graven images of anything in the sky, or on the earth, or in the water. No stars, no fish, … Read the rest



The Netherlands After Bouyeri Conviction *

Jul 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Van Gogh murder has made people afraid to speak.… Read the rest



Foucault and Laing and the Asylum *

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Unfortunate consequences.… Read the rest



The Power of Ideas – Especially Bad Ones *

Jul 27th, 2005 | Filed by

The power of an ideology that is not social, economic, ethnic, nationalist, or political.… Read the rest



Liberal Academic Plays Golf Shock *

Jul 27th, 2005 | Filed by

And there are others. No names, but that queer theorist, that Marxist analysis guy…… Read the rest



Loonies Move to S. Carolina in ‘Christian Exodus’ *

Jul 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Hope to establish ‘Biblical’ state. Even Bob Jones staff think they’re a bit much.… Read the rest



Flexible Labour

Jul 26th, 2005 11:12 pm | By

However. I said I think there actually is a genuine grievance lurking behind all this rage and alienation we’re hearing about. I don’t know, I’m only guessing, but it’s my suspicion that this grievance is less bogus and worked-up than the ones that are more usually rolled out are. I don’t see this one mentioned much, if at all. Because – ? Because it’s too sensitive, too close to the bone, too uncomfortable to talk about? Maybe – but I don’t know.

Muslims in the UK are the underclass, and that’s why they’re there. They were recruited to move to the UK for that reason – to provide cheap (meaning unskilled, uneducated) labour. Just as Turks were in Germany, and … Read the rest



Time to Stop Polite Tiptoeing Around Religion *

Jul 26th, 2005 | Filed by

Why are reason and enlightenment of less value than dogma and delusion?… Read the rest



Born-again Atheist Recommends RE *

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Secular humanists have many reasons to be delighted at popularity of religious studies.… Read the rest



The Coerciveness of ‘Family Values’ *

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Be like us or else.… Read the rest



Bouyeri Given Life Sentence *

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Van Gogh murderer had said he would do it again if given the chance.… Read the rest



Women’s Rights in Iraq Under Threat *

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Religious groups seek to write Islam into the new constitution.… Read the rest



Make a Splash

Jul 25th, 2005 9:29 pm | By

This comment says pretty much exactly what I was thinking (and saying) a few days ago. I would guess that a lot of other people are thinking it too – but that’s just a guess. But it is related to Mona Eltahawy’s point, that it’s insulting for non-Muslims to think Muslims can’t take responsibility.

The notion that the British Muslim suicide bombers of July 7 were spurred on by some passionate form of public-spiritedness, of course, is both flagrantly idiotic and deeply dangerous…Yet Mr Ahmed’s apparent reasoning – that his nephew was compelled to kill himself and seven innocent people near Liverpool Street station by a combination of righteous anger and sheer desperation at injustices suffered by fellow-Muslims – is

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Crash Course on Darfur [scroll down] *

Jul 25th, 2005 | Filed by

We have failed in Darfur.… Read the rest



Stanley Fish’s Original Intentions *

Jul 25th, 2005 | Filed by

Skeptical of tendency to blur distinction between scholarship and politics.… Read the rest