The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

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Censorship in Action -Again

Posted by rantingkraut on May 3, 2010

Just in case anyone thought that New Labour’s various thought crime laws are of mere theoretical importance, consider the following two cases:

1. Atheist Harry Taylor has been given a suspended jail sentence and ASBO for distributing anti-religious material. (HT: Pub Philosopher)

2. Christian preacher Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” by a hobby bobby who overheard him publicly stating that homosexuality is considered sinful in Christianity.

What these cases illustrate in the first case is that suppression of free speech is now everyday reality in modern Britain. Not only do Read the rest of this entry »

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Banning the ‘Burka’: a poor performance from UKIP

Posted by rantingkraut on January 17, 2010

Nigel Farage appeared on the BBC arguing that face covering Muslim dress should be banned on security grounds -which seemed uncontroversial- and because it is a symbol of the oppression of women and of a divided society. On the two latter points he lost the argument to his Respect opponent.

To argue that women who choose to wear burka or niqab are as a rule oppressed -even if they say otherwise- is essentially a feminist argument which requires hefty dose of social determinism to conclude that women can’t make genuine choices within a patriarchal society.

Alternatively, one could argue that the Read the rest of this entry »

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Petition Against Sharia Courts in the UK

Posted by rantingkraut on October 24, 2008

Back in September, there were reports about Sharia courts issuing binding verdicts in the UK. There is now a petition on the government’s web site to stop the operation of these ‘courts’. The petition is set to run until the 1 January 2009.

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Mark Thompson, Islam and the BBC

Posted by rantingkraut on October 21, 2008

The BBC’s Mark Thompson, according to the telegraph, argued in a lecture to Theos that Muslims should be treated more sensitively than Christians because they “… are a religious minority in Britain and also often from ethnic minorities…”.

These comments, of course were promptly played down by the BBC: “A BBC spokesman said Mr Thompson did not mean Islam should be given preferential treatment, just that all religions are different. He said: “People should look at his actual comments rather than trying to infer additional meaning that isn’t there.” (Source)

Looking at his actual comments is not so easy Read the rest of this entry »

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An Observation on Faith

Posted by rantingkraut on September 11, 2008

The bigger the hole in the head, the greater the view of heaven.
(Karl Heinz Deschner)

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