Return Of A Victimless Crime Update #2

Article 14.1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

 

From the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as…

 

“someone who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality.”

 

May I suggest that if Asia Bibi doesn’t fit these requirements, then no-one does. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime Update #2”

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Book Review #6

Moneyland by Oliver Bullough

A story from Dylan Pichulik, a New York real estate agent, speaking to Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back

 

“He told a story about one client – a wealthy Israeli woman – for whom he did everything while she remained holed up in her hotel room, up to and including buying her cigarettes, nine packs at a time. Her son had trouble with his visa, and so was unable to accompany her on the flight back to Ben Gurion airport. She paid for Pichulik to sit up in first class with her, which was a weird experience.

 

‘She wears a diaper, because she can’t be bothered to go to the bathroom,’ he told me with a grimace, as he remembered getting on to the plane. ‘It was all well and good until three hours later I look over and hear this ‘ding.’ The stewardess comes over: ‘I need you to change my diaper’ So they look at me, you like, like ‘ Let your son do it.’ I’m like, ‘That’s not my mother.’ They made the flight attendant do it. So, yeah, we go above and beyond.'”

 

Welcome to the world of the ultra-rich. Continue reading “Book Review #6”

Return Of A Victimless Crime Update

Proof positive that the ‘crime’ of blasphemy has nothing to do with ‘god,’ Allah, Zeus, Thor or any other imaginary friend that has never existed. The ‘crime’ of blasphemy is all about the demands of religious fascists that their ideology not be subject to criticism of any kind.

 

In my previous post, I expressed concern that a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights has apparently raised the rights of religious people not to have their feelings hurt above freedom of speech. The particular case involved an Austrian woman who had referred to Muhammad of Mecca’s ‘marriage’ to six year old Aisha as “akin to paedophilia.”  Whilst I took issue with the deliberately provocative use of the emotive word “paedophilia,” I suggested that the freedom to criticise any ideology trumps the feelings of believers. I went further and, quoting only Islamic sources, showed that Muhammad was 51 when he married Aisha when she was six and that the Koran contains instructions for marrying and divorcing prepubescent girls. I drew no conclusions but left readers to make up their own minds.

 

Which brings me to the case of Asia Bibi. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime Update”

Return Of A Victimless Crime

Criticising (some) religious beliefs is wrong. Apparently

From the Guardian

 

“Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a ‘medieval’ ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum. . . . It has been over 150 years since anyone was prosecuted for blasphemy in Ireland.”

 

Nothing to disagree with there. However, search the Guardian in vain for another ‘blasphemy’ story

 

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has set a dangerous precedent in a new judgment about Austria declaring that free speech can be legitimately restricted if it causes ‘offence’ to ‘at least one’ religious adherent.”

 

Double standards? Perish the thought. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime”