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.

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update #2

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”

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?”

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update

Ideas that cannot stand scrutiny are bad ideas

Richard Dawkins doesn’t need me to protect him, as I tried to do in this post. He has many supporters and is more than capable of protecting himself. Here is a link to his own website where he responds to the libelous criticisms that have been leveled at him by the radio station KPFA.  The key point Dawkins raises in his open letter to KPFA…

“I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”

cuts to the heart of the mad alliance between people who loudly proclaim their liberalism, progressivism and left-wing credentials with the far right fascists, misogynists, homophobes and anti-Semites of the Islamist movement. Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update”

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy

Ideas that cannot stand scrutiny are bad ideas

I believe in human rights. I believe in equality. I believe that mistreating people because of their sex, race or sexuality is not only wrong and despicable but is also illogical – the whole point is that people do not have control over their gender, the colour of their skin or to whom they feel sexual attraction. The mad Christian groups who claim to be able to “cure” homosexuality are simply deluded if science and Lady Gaga are correct and we are all “Born This Way.” And aren’t those fundamentalists going against their omnipotent god by challenging what he/she/it has made? Having said all this, I would also like to state that I am against identity politics because it is against human rights as it treats people as members of a group rather than as individuals. Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy”