Many people inherit their religion, they simply absorb the belief of their parents and fall in line with the behaviour laid down by a specific pattern of thinking without really giving it very much thought at all. Clearly the driving factor is a desire for acceptance by both their parents and also a desire to be part of the prevailing tribe or culture, but what about those who step out of that role and convert to something else, how does that work? In religion and politics people's beliefs and … [Read more...]
Glance into the Old Testament within the bible and you find some rather weird rules, for example ... Bad haircuts are banned: Leviticus 19:27 reads "You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard." Pork is banned: Leviticus 11:8, while giving guidance on pigs, reads "You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you." Lobster is banned: Leviticus 11:10 reads, "But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does … [Read more...]
This is simply hilarious ... and yet also makes a rather serious point as well ... Charlie Brooker nails it, essentially Reddit was crowd sourcing a lynch mob that was indulging in a rather racist and xenophobic approach to tracking down the Boston marathon bombers.
Yesterday was International Imad day ... and so today we have a message of thanks from Imad. Maryam Namazie has posted it ... During these hard days of fear, insomnia, and pain, in hiding from authorities as well as fanatics, I have spent many nights expecting to be beaten, killed or caught. I know the real impact of my actions. They are afraid, dear friends; their dogmas and norms are so weak that they cannot stand to be questioned and challenged. Today, I met two supposed “human rights” … [Read more...]
22 year old Imad Iddine Habib founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco. That is a first, a public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion, and as you most probably anticipate, the religion of 'peace'and 'tolerance' strikes back, he has received numerous threats. He is now on the run and hiding from the police, who want to arrest him for the “crime” of “shaking a Muslim’s faith.” Moroccan atheist Imad Eddin Habib is now on the run, after police began searching … [Read more...]
Ali A. Rizvi, the Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician, and musician who resides in Toronto, has been writing in the HuffPo once again. Not too long ago he wrote a great article about the term "Islamophobia" where he drew a clear line between criticism of Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry: the first is fact-based criticism of bad ideas, and the second is a breach of basic human rights by discriminating against human beings because of their belief. One is fine, the other is not. While many devoted … [Read more...]