There is an interesting and thought-provoking article is today's UK Guardian. Tehmina Kazi, the director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy writes about a new paper by Ishtiaq Hussain, published by Faith Matters. In this he outlines how the Ottoman sultans, or caliphs, in the 18th and 19th centuries took a very secular approach. OK, before we go any further, I'd like to lay out my personal position. I'm a non-believer and suspect that if I compared notes with these folks, I'd soon be … [Read more...]
I'm always tempted to think I've heard it all before, but this one stunned me ... the UK's Guardian reports ... An Islamist-backed radio station in Somalia has awarded assault rifles and hand grenades to the winners of a children's Qur'an recital competition. Andalus radio, which is run by al-Shabaab militia, said on Monday that the first prize was an AK-47 and £450. The runner-up received an AK-47 and £320, while the child who came third received two F1 hand grenades and £250. The three … [Read more...]
There is a report, here in the Hudson New York site, about an Islamic Sharia law court that has just been established in Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium. They report ... The Sharia court is the initiative of a radical Muslim group called Sharia4Belgium. Leaders of the group say the purpose of the court is to create a parallel Islamic legal system in Belgium in order to challenge the state's authority as enforcer of the civil law protections guaranteed by the Belgian … [Read more...]
The CEMB (Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain) has a list. It is a very very long list that runs for page after page of members who have renounced Islam, and they each explain very bravely in public why they have done so. It fact, they have two distinct categories, both of which run on for many many pages, one is just ex-Muslims in the UK, and the other is international ex-Muslims. Now what is truly impressive here is that these are folks who face a death sentence for publicly declaring that … [Read more...]
While waiting to catch a flight this morning, I surfed through a few Facebook groups to see what was cooking. There is one I'm in that can be quite entertaining at times. Now, if you think that there is nobody on the planet loonier than the batshit crazy Christian fundamentalists, well you would be wrong, because the Islamic folks can offer up even crazier stuff. (Its almost akin to watching a car crash at times). One chap arguing against evolution proposed that it was crazy to even consider … [Read more...]
There exists a modern claim that the Qu'ran contains verses that describe things known only to modern science, but since it was all written 1400 years ago when such things were unknown then ... "God did it". Challenge this and ask for the best example and you usually end up with a poetical phrase which has been bent almost out of shape and meaning to enable some modern thinking to be retro fitted in.