31 May 2009
The report concludes with a quote from a Muslim critic: "No one will swallow talk about child brides. It would lead to a huge backlash, as we saw with The Jewel of Medina." And who is the individual the Sunday Times has chosen to approach as a representative voice of British Muslims? Wouldn't you know it, it's Anjem Choudary, leader of the minuscule gang of provocateurs who previously traded under the name of Al-Muhajiroun. [Islamophobia Watch] Read more
The book, entitled Does God Hate Women?, suggests that Muhammad's marriage to a child called Aisha is "not entirely compatible with the idea that he had the best interests of women at heart".
It also says that Cherie Blair, wife of the former prime minister, was "incorrect" when she defended Islam in a lecture by claiming "it is not laid down in the Koran that women can be beaten by their husbands and their evidence should be devalued as it is in some Islamic courts". [Times Online] Read more See Also: [MediaWatchWatch] Read more
When the Observer talked to Abdel-Qader Ali two weeks later, he said: "Death was the least she deserved. I don't regret it. I had the support of all my friends who are fathers, like me, and know what she did was unacceptable to any Muslim that honours his religion." [Guardian CiF] Read more
30 May 2009
The broadcaster was threatened with legal action over comments by former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore during a debate about Islamic protests which marred a soldiers’ homecoming parade in Luton.” [The Spittoon] Read more
It is the concept of Jihad, the struggle and striving for Allah that Islam alone emphasis encompassing all the above that makes you a real Muslim. Jihad against prejudice and pro- political Jihad in today's battlefield where the sword is buried and the power of word is carried. [MPACUK] Read more
It would appear not. For the BBC has officially abolished freedom of speech on its political flagship - Question Time. Political debate now falls under the totalitarian aegis of political correctness, and with true Newspeak censorship, ‘unacceptable’ arguments must be filtered out. And what cannot be said dare not be thought.
In a appalling capitulation to a vacuous ‘threat’ from the Muslim Council of Britain, the state broadcaster has not only apologised for comments made by Charles Moore, they have offered £30,000 of taxpayers’ money by way of compensation. [Archbishop Cranmer] Read more
The protest was called by leftist and anti-racist groups after a police officer allegedly tore up some sheets of paper with extracts from the Muslim holy book belonging to an Iraqi migrant during an identity check last week. "We want this officer put on trial, and we ask the government to protect our prayer sites in Athens," said Zuri, a Moroccan protester. [AFP News] Read more
28 May 2009
I used to think that covering the whole face except for the eyes was the normal Islamic custom (in a week in Afghanistan I hardly saw a woman's face) and so was surprised to find that even in Syria, the most culturally conservative of the Middle Eastern countries I've just visited, not a tenth of the women seem to cover their faces. Most (by no means all) cover their heads, but you don't get that closed, turning-away feeling you sense along the Whitechapel Road in the East End of London. [Times Online] Read more
26 May 2009
Death threats and vandalism have dogged the Leeds University Atheist Society, prompted by their 24/7 ‘Rationalist Week 09’ and by a debate on free speech involving the Motoons. Apparently the death threats weren’t taken too seriously, as they were not reported to the police.
Further south, Southampton University Atheist Society had a free-speech debate repeatedly blocked by both the Muslim Society and the SU because they wanted to show Fitna as part of the event. They were eventually given permission to go ahead, but only with a police presence and security searches. [MediaWatchWatch] Read more
The novel “Daughters of Allah,” published last year, questioned the ideas of belief and violence in Islam, but had no intention of humiliating religious values, he told the NTV network. The case was filed after a citizen complained that Mr. Gursel had used inappropriate language against the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and the Koran. [NYTimes.com] Read more
25 May 2009
A court in the western city of Muenster has ruled that Muslim girls at elementary schools in Germany must attend mixed swimming classes with boys, rejecting a request from the parents of a nine-year-old girl for her to be excused from the lessons. [DW-WORLD.DE] Read more
23 May 2009
It's just one of the difficulties faced by U.S. and Iraqi officials as they struggle to nurse the war-ravaged province of Anbar back to health. One showcase of their efforts is the reopening last year, for women only, of the Nursing School in Anbar's capital, Ramadi. Another is a field school in the town of Saqlawiyah that has just graduated its first batch of 10 female nurse's aides.
Nowhere are nurses more badly needed than in Saqlawiyah and its surrounding villages, where 50,000 people have no women doctors and only one female nurse and one midwife, both old and overworked.
The area's most recent records, from five years ago when the anti-U.S. insurgency was just beginning, show that one in five women dies in childbirth, and many women never even see a doctor. [Associated Press] Read more
22 May 2009
It's known that Balantidiasis is widespread among the swine herders and those people who mix with them. This malady may become epidemic under certain circumstances. This happened in one of the islands of the Pacific after a hurricane which spread the dung of swine all over the island. Wherever swine exists, such plagues and maladies erupt even in highly advanced countries. This is counter to their claims of the possibility of purging it through modern techniques which make the prohibition of pork invalid. [AllAfrica Global Media] Read more
21 May 2009
Around 700 clerics, or imams, gathering in the world's most populous Muslim nation today were considering guidelines forbidding their followers from going online to flirt or engage in practices they believe could encourage extramarital affairs.
Facebook said Indonesia, a nation of 235 million, was its fastest-growing country in Southeast Asia in 2008, with a 645% increase to 831,000 users – outpacing China and India. [news.scotsman.com] Read more
20 May 2009
Or perhaps Jacqui Smith's comments in the same year that immigrants "need to integrate into our country, learn English and use our language." [Dizzy Thinks] Read more
One could ask, “why has the violently offended Muslim become such a prominent figure?” There are those who argue that Islam lends itself to violence, but this point of view entirely ignores the fact that the entwining of Islam, violence and offence has not existed in an unbroken thread through the centuries, but has become significant in very recent history. [Index on Censorship] Read more
Muslims are eager to contribute and play a more recognised role in advancing the best interests of their nation
19 May 2009
Mr Ahern was responding after the media watchdog of the world’s largest regional security organisation said the Government’s plan to introduce the blasphemy law would be in violation of international agreements on media freedom.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media, Miklos Haraszti, said new court cases that might emerge as a result of criminalising 'blasphemy' would have a “chilling effect” on freedom of expression. [irishtimes.com] Read more
18 May 2009
But the cartoon episode wasn’t the summit’s starkest example of Muslim outrage over free speech. The most critical decision that the OIC made in Mecca was to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward perceived insults to Islam. [Eastern Media Group] Read more
(a) Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah.
(b) Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Shari’ah.
(c) Information is a vital necessity to society. It may not be exploited or misused in such a way as may violate sanctities and the dignity of Prophets, undermine moral and ethical values or disintegrate, corrupt or harm society or weaken its faith.
(d) It is not permitted to arouse nationalistic or doctrinal hatred or to do anything that may be an incitement to any form of racial discrimination.
A Muslim scholar who critically examines the Koran as a historical text would find little in the Cairo Declaration protecting his free speech and much curtailing it. An agnostic doubting the prophethood or virtue of Mohammed would be similarly at risk. [Mick Hartley] Read more
17 May 2009
In March, Prof Anderson told the News iconic figures such as Newton and Darwin were part of a long tradition at Cambridge of “theicide” – the killing of gods – which was threatened by the policy amendments. He said: “This is very much an environment where people can challenge established belief and express thoughts which will challenge the faithful. “We should not allow ideas to be snuffed out in fear of causing offence.” [Cambridge News] Read more
He says:The new party will prohibit homosexual practices and lower gasoline prices. “In about three years will the mayor of Oslo be a Norwegian-Pakistani,” says Ghufoor Butt. [Gates of Vienna] Read more
16 May 2009
15 May 2009
This is the third poisoning incident to take place at a girls’ school in the past fortnight. bmsd believes that every child has the right to obtain an education in a safe, secure environment and strongly condemns these attacks.
While no group or individual has accepted responsibility for the poisonings, Education Ministry officials say they believe it is a series of poison gas attacks by militants who oppose education for girls. [Pickled Politics] Read more
Every one of these incidents is a test case in the question of which will prevail: Islamic law or Western practice and custom. Will Muslims be established as a privileged class in Western countries, with rights that others don't have, or will equality of rights and equality of treatment be maintained? [Jihad Watch] Read more
13 May 2009
12 May 2009
This is happening to this day. It is even said in the Koran: "You shall find the strongest people in enmity to the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists." The Jews. They are... Who is the greatest enemy of Islam? The Jews. They use any possible means. They cast doubt on the Koran and the sirra of our Prophet Muhammad. They try to distort the Koran, but our God protects it: "We have revealed the message, and we will most surely be its guardian." They do all they can to hurt the Muslims' feelings and to harm their holy places.
We pray that Allah liberates Jerusalem. In many cases, the Jews try to do to the Muslims... What are they trying to do to the Muslims? They try to harm the Muslims. They always try to do bad things to whom, Maryam? To the Muslims. That is why Allah has warned us very strongly about them. [...] [Mick Hartley] Read more
10 May 2009
“If a person gives SR1,200 to his wife and she spends SR900 to purchase an abaya (the black gown) from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment,” said Judge Hamad Al-Razine. [Arab News] Read more
09 May 2009
Recently, a video has been popping up on various Muslim blogs, attempting to raise fears among Westerners that Muslim birth rates are vastly outstripping non-Muslim ones, to the point that some western European countries will have Muslim majorities by the middle of this century.
Another example of this kind of scaremongering appeared on the Telegraph’s blog site .... by some guy called Ed West, “a journalist and social commentator who specialises in politics, religion and low culture”.
West compares those on the left who “kept silent” about the issue of declining European birth rates coupled with rising Muslim ones to those on the right who “kept silent” about man-made climate change, until Hurricane Katrina forced the issue out into the open. [Indigo Jo Blogs] Read more
The case has caused outrage in the British press and has been seized on by far right political parties, being branded “the madness of multiculturalism” by the British National Party.
Mr Khoja, 60, whose claim is being backed by both the Association of Muslim Police and the National Black Police Association, says he was refused permission not to handle pork when he took a job as catering manager at a police headquarters in west London. [The National] Read more See Also: [BBC] Read more See Also: [Harry’s Place] Read more
08 May 2009
There were divisions between Muslims and the rest of the population over religious symbols. More than half of the general population think that the removal of women's face veils is necessary for the Muslim minority fully to integrate into society. However most Muslims believe in the veil and only 12 per cent think it has to go in order to achieve cohesion. [MailOnline] Read more
07 May 2009
The film purports to demonstrate the terroristic nature of the Koran and to give a warning against the Islamization of Europe. It has not been banned in Holland, but it is clearly a no-holds-barred attack on Islam as a creed and a social force.
.... Lord Ahmed, who claims to be a Muslim, announced that he could muster thousands of the faithful in order to make Mr. Wilders’s visit a serious problem for the government. Rather than test this insolent remark as it demanded, the government went along with what it took to be Muslim opinion, and made no effort to defend Mr. Wilders’s right, as a member of one European parliament, to explain his views to another. [The Spectator] Read more
On the issue of sexual relations between unmarried men and women, general populations surveyed express similar views, with the majority believing it was acceptable. But the Muslim populations polled again reflected greater diversity on the matter. French Muslims ranked highest again, with 48% believing it was acceptable, followed by 27% of German Muslims responding favourably.
British Muslims came last, with only 3% of those questioned personally believing that sex between unmarried men and women was moral. There was a similar outcome when asked for their views on extra-marital affairs. [guardian.co.uk] Read more See Also: [Harry’s Place] Read more
89% of British Muslims feel it is necessary to learn the English language, whilst 84% express the need to celebrate national holidays. These attitudes, the survey reveals, are prevalent amongst those who feel that religion is also important to their lives.
76 % of British Muslims said they had confidence in our country’s Judicial system and courts, thus negating those doomsayers who say Muslims want some sort of undefined ‘Shariah state’. On the issue of terrorism, 89% agreed that attacks in which civilians are targeted could not be morally justified at all. [The Muslim Council of Britain] Read more
According to Arab News, she started thinking about how onerous the ban was when she saw that her retired father was forced to spend much of his time “chauffeuring her, her mother and three sisters.” [NYTimes.com] Read more
What the Gallup poll on Muslims really tells us is that there's no link between religion and feeling alienated from society
The figures that Gallup has produced are quite startling, and apply both to beliefs and symbols. In England, Germany and France, the three countries surveyed, Muslims are twice as likely as the general public to suppose that Muslims are loyal citizens.
In Germany and the UK, they have higher confidence in the police and the judiciary than the general public (in France, where they are also over-represented in the prison system, they also mistrust the authorities more). [Guardian CiF] Read more See Also: [Guardian CiF] Read more
06 May 2009
We can only speculate as to why Justice Minister Dermot Ahern is proposing to introduce a new crime of blasphemous libel punishable by fines up to €100,000. Is it to salve his conscience for having to implement other policies which offend his personal sense of what is right and wrong? Is it a government ploy to distract attention from more pressing matters? Who knows? [Irish Examiner] Read more
05 May 2009
The numbers and insights that Caldwell has collected in his book are visible to many Europeans. During my life in Holland, and in my trips back, I have spoken to European intellectuals who see the revolution that Caldwell describes so well in his book. They may not call it a revolution, they may also not see it as complete, but they see the identity crisis in Europe. [International Free Press Society] Read more
01 May 2009
The Muslim cleric who blames British mosques for the 7/7 bombings, says multiculturalism is a disaster and would throw Islamic fanatics out
We are indeed sitting in a bar, on a busy main road in Oxford. But the man before me is no stereotypical Islamophobe. For one, he is sipping a glass of water rather than something more inflammatory. More importantly, though by no means obviously, Dr Taj Hargey is himself an Islamic cleric; perhaps the most controversial imam in Britain today. In an age when the highest-profile Muslim preachers are bearded, anti-Western firebrands such as Abu Hamza or Omar Bakri Dr Hargey seems an anomaly. [MailOnline] Read more
When asking the non-Muslim part of the population, 97% says that terrorism is unacceptable. But only 82% of Muslims clearly reject terrorism, a survey conducted by Capacent for DR Nyheder shows. The rest of the Muslims do not directly reject terrorism. Six percent agree that terrorism can be acceptable.
Justice minister Brian Mikkelsen is concerned about the numbers. "We live in a rule of law and a democracy. In a society like ours it should have been all Muslims without exception who reject terrorism." [Islam in Europe] Read more