My inbox is often a commentary in its own right. From this morning’s rich pickings, I pass on:
Islamists kill ex Muslim in Southern India, a piece by the good doctor, Arun, at Freethought Blogs:
Farooq was an Iron scrap dealer living in the South Indian city of Coimbatore. He was an outspoken ex Muslim atheist who regularly used to criticise all religions including Islam on Facebook and Whatsapp. He was an active member of an outfit called Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhakam, a break away group of Dravidar Kazhakam.
Not able to answer his criticisms, Islamists decided to punish him as per their holy book.
“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,” Quran 5 : 33
And the very next item in my inbox today…
This is a newsletter entitled Faith and Skepticism, comprising a selection of material from the New Yorker archives:
A 1955 piece on the Dead Sea Scrolls that mentions someone named Muhammad (!)
Then we leap across the back of an elephant to:
Then we time-travel back to:
A 1999 piece entitled The Future of Faith: Confessions of a churchgoer, not to be confused with the more gung-ho The End of Faith: Confessions of an atheist.
And, finally, a quick shimmy under the belly of the beast to:
Yes, every media outlet knows exactly what an elephant looks like, but I suppose when it’s in the room, you’d best stick to describing the tip of its tail, and a bit of its left earlobe, maybe.