For the past week I've had a bit of free time on my hands, so for fun (and perhaps also for a bit of Critical Thinking practice), I've been hanging out in a couple of Facebook groups where Muslims attempt to debunk Atheism. It has been exactly what you might expect ... Number of silly utterly insane arguments presented - lots Amount of credible evidence presented - zero. I must confess to being a bit naive, for I truly had no idea just how loopy things would get. Purely for your entertainment and amusement, here now are some examples (I'll not be providing any names).
If I asked you, or any decent normal human, the question, "Is it OK to murder somebody who does not hold the same beliefs?", I remain confident that the universal answer would be obvious. In fact, I'd be astonished if anybody would actually suggest it was a great idea .... well ... prepare to be astonished, because Islam belief does indeed appear to consider it to be a viable response to valid criticism of utterly insane and delusional beliefs. Here now is a video clip taken from an interview given by Shaykh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni on the Egyptian satellite television station al-Hikma on 7 July 2011. Now least you wonder, this is no fringe kook, he is a popular Islamic preacher known for … [Read more...]
I suspect many sites that thrive on the creation of satire must truly struggle when it comes to Islam ... not because they fear the death threats, but rather because the actual claims made are so bizarre and morally outrageous, that it is almost impossible to distinguish satire and the real belief. To illustrate what I'm getting at, here now is a video that was posted to YouTube on 25 May by a female Kuwaiti activist and former candidate for Kuwaiti parliament, Salwa al-Mutairi, in which she called for a revival of the Islamic law for sex-slaves. Remember now, she is a progressive, yet even she is quite frankly nuts. Sorry, its Arabic, but fear not, here is a translation (the bits in … [Read more...]
I've two examples to talk about here ... both are examples of intolerance, both have a religious theme, and both illustrate the problems you can get tangled up in when you let religious considerations interfere with the legal process. One is an attempt to legislate some support for an irrational belief, and the other is an attempt to legislate against an irrational belief, what they both have in common is that they are an attempt to dictate how individuals should behave. You can probably guess, but they both involve Islam ... gasp!! ... what a surprise that is these days. First up we have the story about driving in Saudi. As I'm sure many of you are aware, it is illegal for woman to … [Read more...]
Not too long ago I blogged about a crazy Egyptian Islamic Cleric, Shaykh Abi-Ishaq al-Huwayni, who suggested that Muslims who were short of cash should go on a raid and sell any prisoners taken in the market. As you might imagine, it caused a bit of a stir (his comments made it into the Egyptian press), so he was interviewed over the phone by a TV station and asked to explain himself. At first he appeared to back off a bit and suggested that his words had been taken out of context, but then he proceeds to put it into a 7th Century setting. What is astonishing is that his explanation is even more outrageous and utterly offensive to any normal sane human. Here we do indeed have an … [Read more...]
PZ is well-known, and also well worth listening to, not just because he is somebody who can communicate effectively, but also because he actually has something worth listening to, so it was a delight to see him coaxed him out of his academic seclusion for a trip to Ireland and also, on his way back, to a Skeptics In the Pub in Glasgow. I have two treats for you today. The first is a direct confrontation with some Muslims who stuck a camera under his nose while he was out for a walk, the second is his complete talk at Skeptics in the Pub in Glasgow.