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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 25 2013

One sentence, from nine years ago

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This matters. As I said in the last post, Mehdi Hasan calls Maryam “Islamophobic” and claims that she “compares hijab to Nazism.” This matters; he’s influential, and influential on the left as opposed to the right. I expressed incredulity about his claim on Twitter but he hasn’t replied (yet) so I Googled. Guess where he …

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Apr 25 2013

Arguing again

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I’m having a rather heated discussion with Mehdi Hasan on Twitter, with Oliver Kamm joining in, also the Ex-Muslims Forum and Alex Gabriel and a few more. What about? “Islamophobia” of course. I started because Mehdi had been equating Maryam with fascists and the EDL earlier.

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Apr 24 2013

Morris dancers drinking ale and wearing hijabs

Now there’s a stupid idea. Pints of hearty ale flow freely as morris dancers frolic in the spring sunshine and gentlewomen recline under a weeping willow… dressed in traditional Muslim headscarfs. OK, that last part may seem out of place with the hackneyed picture of merry England that is peddled to tourists. But it is …

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Apr 24 2013

Time for Inspector Plod to go after the homeopaths

Willard Foxton, at the Telegraph of all places, asks a very good question. If we can prosecute a man for selling fake bomb detectors, how are homeopaths still in business? Why indeed?

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Apr 24 2013

Beyond or just beyondish?

What about transcendence? I don’t like the word. I’m suspicious of it. James Croft and Tom Flynn just had an interesting discussion of that on Facebook, with contributions from me and Alex Gabriel and Valerie Tarico among others. What do we mean by it? It seems to need some pinning down; once there is pinning down …

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Apr 24 2013

Excuuuuuuuuuse me

Another wonderful column from Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, this time “apologizing” to “the #MuslimahPride social media jihadis.” It’s amazing what a week of introspection can do. I now realise how ridiculous it was of me to try and promote Western, postcolonial and imperialistic ideals like gender equality and human rights. I realise how foolish it was …

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Apr 24 2013

It is a definite sin to trust in medical help

Killing one child by praying instead of going to a doctor isn’t enough. True faith requires killing another one. A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to …

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Apr 24 2013

Rowan on Children’s Nose Day

Hello to you too!

Apr 23 2013

The BBC cringes

Oh the horror, Rowan Atkinson did an archbishop of Canterbury routine as part of Comic Relief. Cue Outraged of Basingstoke! The monologue, which was broadcast on BBC1 before the watershed at 7.45pm, was the subject of 2,133 complaints to the BBC – making up the bulk of the 2,819 complaints received about the show overall. …

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Apr 23 2013

Meaningful answers

Huffington Post UK helpfully reported on the Twitter blowup, with lots of tweets - so much pleasanter to read than Storify. I went back to the December NS piece in which Mehdi Hasan confirmed his belief in flying horses. Really he’s not talking about the flying horse in particular, but about how reasonable it is to …

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