Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category
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 »
Posted in Atheism, Christianity, Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Religion | Comments Off on Censorship in Action -Again
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 »
Posted in Atheism, Civil Liberties, immigration, Islamism, Libertarianism, monthly rant, Regulation, Religion | Tagged: burka ban, farage, ukip | 2 Comments »
Posted by rantingkraut on January 7, 2010
Necla Kelec, a German sociologist of Turkish origin is again in the news, criticising islamism as well as multiculturalist relativism:
” Kelec pointed out that Islam has a problem: ‘it wants to be the leading culture and aims to regulate not only the life of Muslims but also wants to dictate how the rest of society has to relate to Muslims’. Islam, moreover did not separate religion from politics, it isn’t secular. At the same time, there is generally no consensus on what defines its ideology. ‘Islam is everything and nothing at once. It is a phantom. Islam is -in this way- irresponsible, since believers only have a duty to Allah.’
The onus therefore ought to be on civil society Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Civil Liberties, Islamism, quotes, Religion | Comments Off on Muslim Integration in Germany
Posted by rantingkraut on January 3, 2010
The BBC followed a report on the attempted Murder of Kurt Westergaard and a Danish police officer with a review of the earlier Motoon saga. This background report starts of with a rehearsal of the Motoons publication history (they were first printed in Jyllands Posten, later reprinted elsewhere etc.). Then the narrator announces “… and this were the results …” before the clip cuts to archive footage of Motoon riots in the Middle East.
If the riots were the result of the cartoons’ publication then the cartoons must have been the cause, the riots the effect. The rioters’ ideology Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, In The News, Islamism, media manipulation, Middle East, Religion | Comments Off on The Results of the Motoons
Posted by rantingkraut on July 19, 2009
The Economist –back in May—offered some strange musings on the fate of Britain’s Muslims:
“The unhappiness of British Muslims is easy enough to explain: their living standards tend to be low and relatively few of the women work.” (source)
Hmmm… these two demographic data are presented in juxtaposition as if they were simply two external negative influences from which Muslim households tend to suffer. Could it be that one leads to the other? Could it be that households who, on average, have fewer second earners also tend to have lower household incomes?
Where the low female labour market participation is driven by religiously conservative lifestyle choices I struggle to see how this unhappiness should be seen as anything Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in discrimination, Islamism, media manipulation, monthly rant, Religion | Comments Off on Muslims and Dhimmis in Britain
Posted by rantingkraut on March 18, 2009
To realise how intellectually inconsistent PC politicians really are, consider this from Hazel Blairs:
„Although warning that people should not set out to “deliberately offend people” or make racist jokes, she believes that there should be more scope for people to express themselves.
“What I don’t want to see happen is because people are frightened of an over-reaction they don’t raise the issue,” she said. “What I don’t want people to say is that Muslims will be offended by Christmas, because they are not. There is this presumption that we don’t do things because people will be offended.““ (Source)
So she doesn’t want people to offend but then doesn’t want the fall-out which a consistent and forced avoidance of offence necessarily entails. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Civil Liberties, discrimination, Freedom of Speech, Islamism, monthly rant, quotes, Religion, UK politics | Comments Off on Political correctness doesn’t go mad, it is mad
Posted by rantingkraut on November 26, 2008
According to Ayatolah Khomeini: „The sweat of a camel that eats unclean substances is unclean.“ For more Islamic wisdom, see here.
On a somewhat related note, Robert Spencer has posted the first part of a debate with Daniel Peterson on the subject “Islam threat or not?” The first part looks interesting and, unlike some in the comments section, I am not yet ready to conclude that Peterson is an idoit [sic].
Posted in Islamism, Middle East, quotes, Religion, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Middle Eastern Wisdom and a Debate on Islam
Posted by rantingkraut on November 11, 2008
It seems that the UK is not the only European Country aiming to strengthen religious censorship: Dutch censorship laws appear surprisingly hard to defeat. The numerous existing censorship provisions existing elsewhere in the west have been discussed here before. Canada is a particularly bad case (see Ezra Levant’s blog for almost daily updates!)
Posted in Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, In The News, Islamism, Religion | Comments Off on Dutch Blasphemy Laws
Posted by rantingkraut on November 10, 2008
Sherry Jones’ novel The Jewel of Medina has attracted plenty of attention prior to publication, mainly due to the self censorship of the original publisher and an actual fire bomb attack on its successor. (The Pub Philosopher has chronicled these events.) Generally speaking, if somebody tries to censor a book, I normally want to read it; but in this case, I need not have bothered.
Denise Spellberg argued the book was soft core pornography Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Books, Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Islamism, quotes, Religion | Comments Off on The Jewel of Medina – much ado about nothing
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 »
Posted in Atheism, Civil Liberties, discrimination, Freedom of Speech, Islamism, monthly rant, Religion, Think Tanks | Comments Off on Mark Thompson, Islam and the BBC