The Barcelona Attacks Update

Some more thoughts

Continued from previous post.

Am I the only one who feels it is in extremely poor taste to hold a religious service in Barcelona cathedral to commemorate the victims of religious bigotry? Praying to the same Abrahamic god the perpetrators were sure was on their side when they plotted their vicious and unconscionable acts? Is it too obvious to ask where “god” was when these oxygen-thieves were driving their van down that street in Barcelona? Perhaps Epicurus was right when he said…

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able not willing? Then why call him God?”

No “god” is going to help us defeat the surge of Far Right Islamist fascism. A more cynical thought comes to mind…

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.” Continue reading “The Barcelona Attacks Update”

The Barcelona Attacks

Some thoughts

This is rather a long post but I feel very strongly about these issues.

There have been two terrorist attacks using vehicles that have dominated the news this week but the reactions to each event from the hyper-moralists in Britain’s Establishment have been very different. The hysterical comments after the death of a protester in Charlottesville and the condemnation of President Trump’s foolish remarks about what happened have shown that those who claim the moral high ground in the British media absolutely love to condemn racism and bigotry, so long as it is a particular kind of racism and bigotry. The reaction to events in Barcelona – 14 killed and dozens injured – has been far more muted, with the usual calls for unity and against hatred. The Guardian has run several opinion pieces about Charlottesville highlighting the alleged “racism” of Trump’s America but choose to publish an attack on Sarah Champion and “Islamophobia” the day after Barcelona instead of condemning the violence, racism and general misanthropy of Islamism. Here’s some thoughts on these events… Continue reading “The Barcelona Attacks”

Is “Asian” A Euphemism? Update

Islamophobiaphobia is all the rage

Interesting video here about a Sikh television channel in Birmingham that has aired a film that some have claimed encourages vigilante action against those accusing of sexually grooming Sikh girls. Doesn’t fit into the narrative of the old racists – the BNP/skinhead types – or the new racists – identity-obsessed so-called “liberals.” The old racists wouldn’t know a Muslim from a Sikh because they hate all “Pakis” (apologies for this offensive term) and the new racists would struggle to find how Sikhs complaining about folks from the same ethnic background is “racist”; bet they could though!

Original post here.

Is “Asian” A Euphemism?

Islamophobiaphobia is all the rage

Asia is a vast continent. At more than 17,000,000 square miles, containing 48 countries (and six not recognised by the UN) and inhabited by over 4,000,000,000 people, it is the largest continent on Earth. Asia stretches from the Arctic Ocean in the north to Sri Lanka in the south and from Istanbul and Tel Aviv in the west to Shanghai and Tokyo in the east. It is the cradle of civilisations from Mesopotamia to the Indus Valley and the Yellow River. It contains numerous cultures and religions and people from different parts of the continent have very different “racial” appearances. But if you believe the BBC and the Guardian, the UK is suffering from an epidemic of “Asians” exploiting young girls in cities across the country – Rochdale, Rotherham and, most recently, Newcastle. Not only is this not true and insulting to the large numbers of Britons with “Asian” heritage, it contradicts the evidence in these cases. One might almost be tempted to say that this word – “Asian” – has been deliberately chosen as a euphemism. Continue reading “Is “Asian” A Euphemism?”

I Simply Don’t Care

Negative rights for all

Australia is currently in the midst of a row about the legalisation of same sex marriage. The ruling Liberal-National coalition government has a very small majority in the House of Representatives and no majority at all in the Senate.  The coalition has a number of MPs and Senators who are vehemently opposed to same sex marriage. The opposition Labor (yes, I know) party are strongly in favour of legalising same sex marriage and are using this issue to cause splits in the government. Same sex marriage has dominated the news and political debate for what seems like months. And my considered opinion on this issue is, who gives a damn? Continue reading “I Simply Don’t Care”

A Strange Obsession Update

Fixated on niche issues

Yesterday I remarked on the media’s obsession with transgender people and the wedding of a gay Muslim couple. The point I was making that the amount of attention these issues – particularly those to do with transgender people – is completely disproportionate to their representation in the general population. Then in the Sunday Times today, I read this story about a Scottish midwife who says she sees 150 cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) a year. Yesterday, I pointed out that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 transgendered folks in the UK and about 42,000 gay Muslims. It was estimated that at least 103,000 women were living with FGM in Britain in 2011. FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 but there have been no successful prosecutions to date. And which of these issues gets the press coverage? Incidentally, it has always stuck me as odd that the supposed unequal pay of multimillionaire (mostly white) Hollywood actresses is a “feminist issue” but the brutal mutilation of poor (mostly non-white) women is not. Ho hum.

A Strange Obsession

Fixated on niche issues

Two stories that have been heavily reported by the British press this week demonstrate the strange obsessions that are increasingly dominating the mainstream media. In one, Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan got married in what is believed to be the first gay marriage in the UK that involves a Muslim person. The second story involved Transport for London changing announcements on the Underground from “ladies and gentlemen” to “hello everyone” in an effort to be gender neutral. The disproportionate reporting of these two stories and the neglect of others – the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in Nice for example – shows that the media continues to be fixated on issues that can be most generously described as “niche.” Continue reading “A Strange Obsession”