The Abrahamic Religions Part Four

Why are religious people so angry?


My modest and not original contribution to a 2,500+ year old debate about religion is my contention that the three Abrahamic religions are essentially the same. I have written about Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Despite their superficial differences, all three religions feature an all-powerful deity who actively intervenes in the universe and metes out punishments and rewards in the afterlife based on a person’s behaviour in this life. And the punishment side of the afterlife is always emphasised; just read the gleeful descriptions of the Fire (capital F) in the Koran if you don’t believe me. Continue reading “The Abrahamic Religions Part Four”

The Ongoing Problem of Housing Affordability

Homes or assets?

“A single generation transformed London into a capital where no person with normal resources could hope to own a modest home.” So begins an article by Guardian journalist Deborah Orr on the ongoing problem of housing affordability in London and, increasingly, in the UK as a whole . Coincidentally, the Australian Federal Treasurer (equivalent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer) spoke out this week about similar problems in Sydney and Melbourne. Continue reading “The Ongoing Problem of Housing Affordability”

Quote of the Day #5

Dayanand Saraswati

“Having thus given a cursory view of the Koran, I lay it before the sensible person with the purpose that they should know what kind of a book the Koran is. I have no hesitation to say that it cannot be the work of either God or of a learned man, nor can it be a book of knowledge. Here its very vital defect has been exposed with the object that people may not waste their life failing into its imposition. The Koran is the result of ignorance, the source of animalisation of human beings, a fruitful cause of destroying peace, an incentive to war, and a propagator of hostility among men and a promoter of suffering in society. As to defect of repetition, the Koran is its store.” Continue reading “Quote of the Day #5”

Britain’s Biggest Racist?

No, not him!

The word “racism” has become ubiquitous in recent decades. To deny the reality of racism would be to inhabit a paranoid world where the Kennedy Assassination is still unsolved, climate change is a Zionist plot and Kim Kardashian is an attractive, talented woman. I grew up in a country where black footballers were routinely subjected to monkey chants, where alleged comedians used racial slurs on primetime television and even cartoons used stereotypical images of black people to get cheap laughs. I believe that most people would not tolerant such things today. But as real racism has declined, accusations of racism have increased. Continue reading “Britain’s Biggest Racist?”

A Corrupt and Arrogant Establishment

Time to abolish the House of Lords

I dislike identity politics. And by “dislike” I mean frothing-at-the-mouth, tinfoil-hat-wearing hatred. The faux-left in the UK and elsewhere seems absolutely obsessed with dividing the population into ever smaller categories and with Orwellian newspeak to distinguish those categories. Just today  I came across a new term – “transmisogyny” – in an article in the Independent that seeks to justify curtailing the right to freedom of speech. I have quoted sources as varied as Malcolm X and Tom Watson (a nineteenth century US Congressman) to back up my argument that the only people who gain from this division of society into mutually-antagonistic tribes are the rich. The apostles of identity politics, most of whom are minted (it’s easy to care about the toileting arrangements of transgender battery hens when you don’t have to worry about the rent), are distracting people (deliberately?) from the ongoing class war of the rich against everyone else. Such is the background to the ongoing scandal of the House of Lords. Continue reading “A Corrupt and Arrogant Establishment”

The Abrahamic Religions Part Three

Islam, the motherlode of bad ideas

This is my third post on the Abrahamic religions – three religions that are actually one, just like the Trinity. My previous posts were on Judaism, a Bronze Age nightmare and Christianity, Santa Claus for grown ups. Now I’d like to discuss the youngest and, at the time of writing, the most controversial of the three. Indeed, so controversial has Islam become in recent years that negative comments about this bizarre and intolerant belief system are considered racist. There’s even a special word that’s been invented to demonise those who would dare to subject Islam to the same level of criticism as Judaism and Christianity – “Islamophobia.” This is “a word created by fascists, used by cowards, to manipulate morons.” (A quote often attributed to the late, great Christopher Hitchens but which was actually coined by Andrew Cummins). Continue reading “The Abrahamic Religions Part Three”