As I told them the news before the service, making something up about problems with the appointment, they cheered because I would be staying.
Americans each consume an average of pounds of meat a year. By any standard, a policeman poking through your handbag or back pack is a search. So lost and self-loathing, so bereft of hope or pride, that they can look into the hallucinated face of their imaginary oppressor and feel unbounded love and gratitude for the additional suffering it has declined, as yet, to visit upon them.
We hear that violence is not in the Koran, that Islam means peace, that this is a hijacking by extremists and a smear campaign and so on. Every successful massacre is consecrated by a Te Deum, and the clergy have never been wanting in benedictions for any victorious enormity.
God existed by Himself through an Eternity before the Creation without needing a Universe. How many Muslims are willing to stand up and say, in the case of the girl from Qatif, that this manner of justice is appalling, brutal and bigoted — and that no matter who said it was the right thing to do, and how long ago it was said, this should no longer be done?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Everyone followed the cartoon crisis, or the crisis about the cartoon drawings of Mohammed in Denmark.
Sweden and the United States have and telephone lines per 1, people, respectively. Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by God, if ye believe in God and the Last Day: Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely; God is all-powerful. Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
We do, occasionally, see religion reasonably: During this week of incredulous misery, I have been trying to apply such a consciousness, and such a sensibility.
In Bangladesh, the average is six and a half pounds. Americans are good and right by virtue of being American. Severing hands and legs and removing eyes as forms of punishment are deeply offensive to the collective conscience of humanity; it is a desecration of dignity, and it fills us with disgust.
For example, I would welcome some guidance from that famous Muslim theologian of moderation, Tariq Ramadan. Three years ago a move to a new post was cancelled at the last minute because the bishop in the new area insisted on asking questions that Issues forbids him to ask, and which in any case should never be asked of any Englishman, gentleman or priest.
I demand that all prisoners of conscience be released from the dungeons of Islamic countries where they are kept in dreadful and inhumane conditions. But where are the moderates?
I demand apology for the amputations that are carried out in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Nigeria. It is time we stood up to these perpetrators of brutality.
On the US-led side, then, we need not only a revolution in consciousness but an adaptation of national character: We believe that ALL human beings not only are entitled to these rights, but are obliged to respect and protect these basic values.
When your boss of bosses is believed to hold the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and when you are believed to speak for that boss, the words you utter carry special weight. The way common sense and ordinary human decency get re-named "holy law" and advertised as the sole province of the faithful.
They actually believe if you kill women and children, you will go to heaven. The way intolerance is raised to the lofty heights of "Truth".
Islamic justice is a proud institution, one to which more than a billion people subscribe, at least in theory, and in the heart of the Islamic world it is the law of the land. Over and over again, when in the name of Islam, human blood is shed, Muslims are very quiet.
The cartoons in question are harmless unless, of course, the offended Muslims decide to bring harm upon themselves by resorting to violence. Only sheep need a shepherd. I dislike the demonization of unbelievers, The ill-concealed hate of proselytisers, The hysterical rants of holy rollers, The wigged-out warnings of psychic healers, The dismantling of public education via religious school vouchers, The erosion of civil rights by theocratic right-wingers, The righteous wrath of gun-toting true believers, The destruction wrought by holy warriors, The blood-drenched fatwas of ayatollas, and the apocalyptic prophesies of unmedicated messiahs.
They can only deal with one thing at a time and that one thing now is the gay bit. This is not ideology. The way superstition is peddled as wisdom. I am outraged by clerics in the Middle East and elsewhere who preach violence against Westerners.Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Moderation / Criticism / Exposition / Exposés David Aaronovitch.
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