Quote Of The Day #40

Muhammad of Mecca

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“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”

Book Review #3

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

I haven’t written a book review for a while but that’s not to say I haven’t been reading any books – see here for a post about my bibliophilia. My last review was of Niall Ferguson’s latest, The Square and the Tower (Ferguson is probably the best historian writing today). The best history books I have read since then are…

The Fate of Rome by Kyle Harper which deals with the role of disease and climate in the fall of the Roman Empire and

1917: War, Peace and Revolution by David Stevenson which describes one of the most pivotal years of the twentieth century.

I’m reviewing How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt which analyses the past few decades in American (and world) politics without the tedious Trump-bashing that has become de rigueur on so many media outlets. Continue reading “Book Review #3”

Quote Of The Day #39

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“For nearly five hundred years, these rules and theories of an Arab Shaikh and the interpretations of generations of lazy and good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and criminal law of Turkey. They have decided the form of the Constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learned in his schools, his customs, his thoughts – even his most intimate habits. Islam – this theology of an immoral Arab – is a dead thing. Possibly it might have suited tribes in the desert. It is no good for modern, progressive state. God’s revelation! There is no God! These are only the chains by which the priests and bad rulers bound the people down. A ruler who needs religion is a weakling. No weaklings should rule.” [My emphases] Continue reading “Quote Of The Day #39”

Ideology And Biology

The triumph of emotion?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist…

“The good thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe in it.”

Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist…

“Evolution is just a theory? Well so is gravity and I don’t see you jumping out of buildings.”

In 1984 by George Orwell, the main protagonist Winston Smith wrote in his secret (illegal) diary that…

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

Such was the brutal physical and psychological torture of Smith by the Thought Police that by the end of the novel he was doubting the simple statement of truth he had made.

In an episode of Doctor Who starring the peerless Tom Baker, an insane computer (yes, I know) was trying to destroy an entire society to fit in with its delusions. The Doctor commented (I paraphrase)…

“The very stupid and the very powerful have one thing in common. They don’t change their opinions to fit the facts, they change the facts to fit their opinions.”

All of this is a rather longwinded way of suggesting a rather old-fashioned view – that there are objectives facts in this world. Some things are right and some things are wrong, demonstrably wrong. Continue reading “Ideology And Biology”

A Strange Tale Of Our Times Update

Why are these things still happening in 2018?

I wrote about the strange goings-on at St Stephen’s in Newham here.

As I wrote at time, it mystifies me that in the days of #MeToo and Time’sUp why, when a successful female headteacher like Neena Lall is targeted by conservative ‘religious leaders,’ the self-proclaimed ‘progressives’ at the Guardian and the so-called BBC are not up in arms. And Lall is clearly of BAME background, so these arch-‘progressives’ should be doubly offended.

Any reader familiar with this blog will know that the previous paragraph was deeply ironic and that had the aforementioned denizens of Guardian Towers and Jimmy Savile House come to Lall’s support, I would have been genuinely astonished. The insane doctrine of ‘intersectionality’ means that no member of an allegedly victimised group can be held guilty of misogyny, let alone racism, simply because they are a member of ‘victim’ group. The foul ideology of intersectionality is deeply, horribly racist. What did not surprise me is the follow up story in yesterday’s (04/02/2018) Sunday Times – Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman targeted by anti-semites in hijab row. Continue reading “A Strange Tale Of Our Times Update”

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The old adage is true

Sorry to return to the same topic in the same week (I do have other interests you know) but today I was sent a link to a documentary from the so-called BBC entitled Panorama: White Fright: Divided Britain. This deals with the Lancashire town of Blackburn ten years after the so-called BBC first made a programme about how the area was becoming divided along ethnic and religious grounds.

Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with this blog will know that I am not a fan of the corrupt denizens of Jimmy Savile House. Their shilling for the Establishment and the EU (how astonishing that the so-called BBC should be a fan of a bloated and incompetent bureaucracy!), nauseating identity politics and all-round Islamophilia are bad enough but the fact that it is funded by a highly regressive poll tax is enough to make one burst a blood vessel. But, credit where credit is due, in this case the cliché is right – even a broken clock is right twice a day. Although when dealing with the so-called BBC, once in a Blue Moon is more accurate. Continue reading “Credit Where Credit Is Due”