Reblog: Maryam Namazie

Ex-Muslims: A community in protest

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Haven’t posted much recently as I’ve been obsessing over the World Cup. Last time England were in the semi-finals I was still at university. I do feel for those people who don’t like football – the over-the-top media coverage can be extremely grating. An excellent, if foul-mouthed, rant by fellow WordPress blogger Dioclese here.

 

This post is actually a reblog of a post by Maryam Namazie. I have mentioned Namazie before – she was the lady abused and intimidated by Islamist fascists at Goldsmiths University back in 2015. In any sane world she would be a liberal icon – a softly-spoken, feminist ‘person of colour’ (how I hate that racist expression) who stands up against violent misogynists and their far right ideology. Such is the confusion engendered by identity politics that Namazie is abused as an ‘Islamophobe’ – an entirely meaningless insult – and as a ‘native informant’ – another racist term.

 

The post is rather long and contains a large number of links. The original post can be seen here but I have highlighted what I consider the key points below. Continue reading “Reblog: Maryam Namazie”

Picture Of The Day #9

It is my belief that all three of the Abrahamic monotheisms are, broadly speaking, the same religion. All three feature an aggressively male deity who will send you to Hell for an eternity of punishment for breaking one of his petty rules. All three of these belief systems – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – are belligerent, violent and anti-human. At the present moment in history it is Islam, especially in its fascist political form, Islamism, that is the main threat to humanity. However, it is not difficult to point to a time when Christianity was the main threat to civilised values, as the Islamophiles at Guardian Towers and Jimmy Savile House love to point out. However, one of the most mystifying trends of our times is the number of women who are prepared to defend and excuse the violent misogyny of so many Muslim clerics and jihadists. Continue reading “Picture Of The Day #9”

The Future Of Turkey

The end of Erdogan’s dream?

Since I started this blog in January 2017, I have repeatedly made two points about politics in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The first point is that, broadly speaking, all religions are the same and, like the late, great Christopher Hitchens, I believe that religion “poisons everything” it touches. This is especially true of the three Abrahamic monotheisms which have far more in common that their most demented sectarians would acknowledge. They all worship an aggressively male deity who watches and judges your behaviour and who will sentence you to an eternity of pain and suffering if you dare to break one of his petty rules.

 

The second point I have made is my distaste for the racist and divisive cult of identity politics that has been embraced by people across the West who loudly proclaim themselves to be ‘progressives.’ Politicians, journalists and campaigners who are vociferous in their condemnation of racism, homophobia and sexism have often found themselves supporting people who are deeply racist, disgustingly anti-gay and disturbingly misogynistic. Practices and attitudes that would be roundly condemned if they took place in the UK, the United States or elsewhere in the West are excused as ‘cultural’ and opposition to them as ‘colonialism’ or ‘imperialism.’ If female genital mutilation, forced marriage or ‘honour’ killings were being carried out by Westerners I’m pretty sure the usual ‘progressives’ would be up in arms. But as both perpetrators and victims tend to be non-white and non-Western, there is little outcry. One might be tempted to label this as ‘the racism of low expectations,’ if one were of the Everything Is Racist type that rules at Jimmy Saville House. Whatever it is, and I am reluctant to use accusations of racism with the scattergun abandon some commentators do, it betrays an extraordinarily patronising attitude towards non-white non-Westerners.

 

And then there is Turkey. Continue reading “The Future Of Turkey”

Sura 9 Al-Tawbah (Repentance)

Muhammad’s Last Will and Testament?

Before I begin, this post is about Islam, an ideology. It is not about Muslims, human beings. If anyone wishes to accuse me of ‘hate crime’ or ‘Islamophobia’ or (hilariously) of ‘racism,’ then you must also find me guilty of ‘Judeophobia‘ and ‘Christianophobia‘ (neither of these words are recognised by my spellchecker) as I make little to no distinction between the three versions of the Abrahamic delusion.

 

The Koran is a strange book. It purports to be the ‘revelations’ received by Muhammad of Mecca during his 22 year career as a ‘prophet.’ It is an article of the Islamic faith that the Koran as it stands today is exactly the same as when it was ‘revealed’ to Muhammad. The Koran is considered to be both eternal and uncreated – it existed before the universe was ‘created’ by Allah, one of many gods worshipped by the inhabitants of pre-Islamic Arabia but who was promoted by Muhammad to be the one god in his version of Abrahamic monotheism.

 

Unlike the Bible – a set of 66 documents written by various authors over a period of more than a millennium – the Koran is entirely the work of Muhammad. Because of this, the ideas expressed change, sometimes radically. At the start of his ‘prophetic’ career, Muhammad was an obscure merchant railing against polytheism in Mecca; 22 years later, he was the absolute dictator of the Arabian peninsula. No wonder his ideas changed. Who can say they have exactly the same views as they had in 1996? Remember, in 1996 Tony Blair was the youthful, smiling face of the future against the exhausted and corrupt Major government rather than the tetchy, haggard friend of billionaires and Central Asian despots of 2018.

 

Continue reading “Sura 9 Al-Tawbah (Repentance)”

The Silence Of The Liberals

Nick Cohen is a true liberal

As I have said repeatedly on this blog and elsewhere, I am no fan of the so-called BBC. I see no other group of people that has done more to poison political debate over the past twenty years than the corrupt denizens of Jimmy Savile House. Whilst loudly proclaiming their progressivism, the so-called BBC continue to be funded by what is effectively a poll tax and are in bed with some of the most unpleasant and far right misogynists, homophobes and anti-Semites in Britain today.

 

Nick Cohen, a columnist for the Observer newspaper I have praised before, is to be commended for a programme he presented on Radio 4 which he provocatively called ‘The Silence of the Liberals.’ I have made a few comments below but I would urge everyone to listen to Cohen’s excoriation of the “deepest silence” he finds amongst Western ‘liberals’ who for reasons best known to themselves have allied with the Islamist hard right to defend the inequality suffered by women in Islamic ‘communities’ in the UK, “inequalities that would never be accepted if white women had to endure them.” Continue reading “The Silence Of The Liberals”

Quote Of The Day #40

Muhammad of Mecca

“It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah b. Umar that the Messenger of Allah observed: O womenfolk, you should give charity and ask much forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell. A wise lady among them said: Why is it, Messenger of Allah, that our folk is in bulk in Hell? Upon this the Holy Prophet observed: You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you. Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense and with religion? He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Tahir with this chain of transmitters.” Continue reading “Quote Of The Day #40”