An unhealthy fixation on female virginity
It is my belief that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the same religion with slightly different emphases. It is also my belief that followers of the Abrahamic religion(s) have a disturbing and unhealthy obsession with sex. Jewish folks mutilate the penises of newborn baby boys and Christians appear determined to stop same sex couples marrying one another. In the first case I would ask why Jews think they know better than the omnipotent being who went to so much trouble to create the foreskin; in the second I would suggest to Christians opposed to same sex marriage that they don’t marry someone of the same sex. But in 2017, one of the most dangerous and unpleasant obsessions is that of some Muslims with female virginity. Whether this is due to Islam or what the Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy calls “toxic mix of culture and religion” I don’t know. However, the German journalist Guner Yasemin Balci, who is of Turkish descent, certainly thinks there are some people in her “community” have quite old-fashioned views about sex and the role of women in society.
Please watch Balci’s film “Obsessed With Virginity – Female Sexuality Among Western Muslims.” It is 42 minutes long but well worth watching. The people in the film are exactly the type of folks “liberals” and “progressives” should be supporting rather than the bearded barbarians who have nothing to offer except hate speech and spurious accusations of “racism” and “Islamophobia.”
I have always felt that Billy Connelly has expressed the most succinct view about the mad obsession with 72 virgins in a mythical afterlife. Here is his foul-mouthed rant about suicide bombers, virgins and forced marriages. Enjoy.
For about the ten-billionth time, “Islam” and “Muslim” are not synonyms
I’m sorry to return to this topic again (it’s like an itch I can’t stop scratching) but it seems one cannot go more than a couple of days without someone or something being accused of “Islamophobia.” Often attributed to the late, great Christopher Hitchens but in actual fact said by Andrew Cummins, the best way to define this absurd word is…
“Islamophobia: a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.”
The fascists in question are the Islamist hard right whilst the cowards are the pseudo-leftists who inhabit the BBC and the opinion section of the UK Guardian newspaper. I will leave it you to decide who the morons are. For the love of all the gods that have never existed, why do people who loudly proclaim their anti-sexism, anti-homophobia and anti-racism support people who are violent misogynists, murderous homophobes and bigoted racists and anti-Semites? Continue reading “Challenging The Fascist Word “Islamophobia””
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”
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”
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.
You’ve got to love Richard Dawkins
The splendid Richard Dawkins appeared on Bill Maher’s show on Friday (11/08/2017) and took aim at the intellectual pygmies who disinvited him from making a speech because he had made “hurtful” comments about Islam. In the interview, Dawkins stated…
“I think that this radio station and these universities, they are on our side. We’re on their side. Now, I was de-platformed specifically because of what I was alleged to have said about Islam. I think that the reason they did it was probably a laudable motive, they are on the side of oppressed minorities. They think that Muslims are an oppressed minority, oppressed by people like us. Actually, of course, Muslims are oppressed by Islam.”
He later argued that Muslims who don’t oppress women or gay people are being persecuted by those who do and “That’s where the persecution comes from.” Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update #2”
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?”