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Three Books on Truth *

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Simon Blackburn, Harry Frankfurt, Laura Penny.… Read the rest

Ian Hacking on Steven Rose on the Brain *

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Consciousness, memory, phantom trees, Locke, Damasio, Leibniz.… Read the rest

Replies to Hattersley *

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‘Taking any religion seriously is in nobody’s real interests.’… Read the rest

Majority of UK Muslims Follow a Liberal Islam *

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And do not consider the MCB representative, says Dr Shaaz Mahboob.… Read the rest

Toronto Sharia Conference

Aug 16th, 2005 | By Homa Arjomand

TORONTO – Canada, August 12th, 2005 – Over 400 people filled the ‘Earth Sciences Centre’ at the University of Toronto on August 12th. Despite three changes of venue leaving less than a week to sell tickets with no proper ticket selling process, people eagerly came to hear three brave women speak about how Sharia law is used to oppress Muslim women in Canada, Holland and around the world.

Sixty-six media people attended the press conference. Some of the news organizations present were CBC, CTV, Global TV, Omni TV, PBS, Globe and Mail , NOW magazine, Reuters, Toronto Star and Vogue.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who must live under police protection in a safe house in the Netherlands, took the risk of … Read the rest

Time to Admit

Aug 16th, 2005 2:20 am | By

Let’s everybody say this kind of thing more and more often, okay? More and more and more and more. Because there’s so much of the other kind of thing. And the more there is of the other kind of thing, and the less there is of this kind of thing, the more the other kind thinks it’s right, it’s the mainstream, it’s common knowledge, it’s conventional wisdom, it’s obvious, it’s the default position. The only way to resist is by resisting.

It’s time that we acknowledged honestly what most people believe, that religion is at bottom nonsense…[W]hat I think we should acknowledge is that religion contains a massive falsehood, namely that there is a God who determines our actions and

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Religion Contains a Massive Falsehood *

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That there is a God who determines our actions and responds to our plight.… Read the rest

Sacranie Defends Mawdudi *

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Says efforts to discredit MCB stem from ‘Islamophobic agenda’. … Read the rest

No Hidden Agenda, BBC Says *

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MCB accuses BBC of creating mistrust of British Muslims in a Panorama special.… Read the rest

BBC Rejects MCB’s Accusations of Bias *

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A BBC spokeswoman said yesterday that it would defend the programme.… Read the rest

Who is William T. Vollman and Why Did the NY Times Invite Him to Write about Nietzsche?

Aug 15th, 2005 | By Brian Leiter

A review of a Nietzsche book in The New York Times is rare, and even rarer, it seems, is the decision to enlist a reviewer competent in the material. Although Curtis Cate’s biography of Nietzsche appeared nearly two years ago, just today the Times has run a lengthy review of the book by the writer and novelist William Vollman, who, best I can tell, has no expertise in the subject, and who certainly displays none in the review.

The review – predictably, I suppose, for the Times – concentrates mostly on gossip about Nietzsche’s personal relations, and although there are breathless references to Nietzsche’s “bravery,” his “savagely independent intellect,” and “his incomparable mind,” there is almost no actual discussion of … Read the rest

At Last

Aug 14th, 2005 9:05 pm | By

Well it’s about time. Hooray for the Observer. It is about damn time.

The Muslim Council of Britain is officially the moderate face of Islam. Its pronouncements condemning the London bombings have been welcomed by the government as a model response for mainstream Muslims. The MCB’s secretary general, Iqbal Sacranie, has recently been knighted and senior figures within the organisation have the ear of ministers. But an Observer investigation can reveal that, far from being moderate, the Muslim Council of Britain has its origins in the extreme orthodox politics in Pakistan.

Oh yes? Tell us more.

Far from representing the more progressive or spiritual traditions within Islam, the leadership of the Muslim Council of Britain and some of its

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MCB Annoyed With BBC *

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Accuses it of ‘serving the interests of the pro-Israeli lobby.’… Read the rest

The Observer on the Muslim Council of Britain *

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Far from representing more progressive traditions, MCB leaders have links to Islamist movements.… Read the rest

Different Rules for Different Religions *

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Nick Cohen says we pay a high price for defining people primarily by their religions.… Read the rest

Website Offers Training in Urban Warfare *

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Instructor implores Allah to grant his mujaheddin victory over Jews, Americans, apostates.… Read the rest

Religious Right’s Weird Science *

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Condoms fulla holes, remote prayer makes stuff happen, Satan makes birth control.… Read the rest

Survey of Religious Beliefs of US Scientists *

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Natural scientists less likely to believe in deity – but not much less.… Read the rest

This Guy Teaches English? *

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That’s scary.… Read the rest

Ziauddin Sardar on Confronting a Violent Mindset *

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We must acknowledge that the terrorists are products of Islamic history.… Read the rest