A U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith. - By Christopher Hitchens. The Muslim religion makes unusually large claims for itself.
All religions do this, of course, in that they claim to know and to be able to interpret the wishes of a supreme being. But Islam affirms itself as the last and final revelation of God's word, the consummation of all the mere glimpses of the truth vouchsafed to all the foregoing faiths, available by way of the unimprovable, immaculate text of "the recitation," or Quran. Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author, most recently, of Arguably, a collection of essays. If there sometimes seems to be something implicitly absolutist or even totalitarian in such a claim, it may result not from a fundamentalist reading of the holy book but from the religion itself.
Though it is written tongue-in-cheek in the language of human rights and of opposition to discrimination, the nonbinding U.N. Yes, I think we can see where we are going with that. Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World - Wikileaks. Killing for religion is justified, say third of Muslim students. The survey found that extreme Islamist ideology has a profound influence on a significant minority of Muslims on campuses across the country.
The findings will concern police chiefs, the security services and ministers, who are struggling with radicalisation among Muslim communities. The YouGov poll was conducted for the Right-wing think tank, the Centre for Social Cohesion, at 12 universities, including Imperial College and Kings College London. It also found: 40 per cent support the introduction of sharia into British law for Muslimsa third back the notion of a worldwide Islamic caliphate (state) based on sharia law40 per feel it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to mix freely24 per cent do not think men and women are equal in the eyes of Allaha quarter have little or no respect for homosexuals. Global Incident Map Displaying Terrorist Acts, Suspicious Activity, and General Terrorism News. World Famous Islamic Rage Boy™ · snapped shot. Update:Guess what?
Islamic Rage Boy has been sighted again on Friday the 22nd of June--The Worldwide DAY OF RAGE (Salman Rushdie Edition). Be sure to check the latest sighting out! Update again:This has gotten so popular, that I'm making a game out of spotting Rage Boy. If you run across him in your local newspaper and/or friendly website, be sure to let me know! Update: Rage Boy hits the BBC. Big kudos to AMDScooter at P.C. Today: Last year: For the record, the photo in question is a photoshop. Great work, Scooter! Update: Just ran into another couple of photos of Rage Boy in the Getty AFP archives. UPDATE: I am truly humbled to have contributed a small part to a story by hizzoner sir Christopher Hitchens.
Artists too frightened to tackle radical Islam - Times Online. David Aaronovitch - Times Online. Ummah News Links: The "Islam Rage" ― Why a Cartoon in Bangladesh Leads to Killing of Christians in Nigeria. Mment is free: Chilling similarities. Mment is free: Not in our name. John Smeaton - Hero For Our Time · One Brave Weegie Takes on al-Qaeda. My plea to fellow Muslims: you must renounce terror. When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.
By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the 'Blair's bombs' line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology. Friday's attempt to cause mass destruction in London with strategically placed car bombs is so reminiscent of other recent British Islamic extremist plots that it is likely to have been carried out by my former peers.
And as with previous terror attacks, people are again articulating the line that violence carried out by Muslims is all to do with foreign policy. Hassanbutt1@gmail.com. Why the West must stay true to itself. The convictions of Banaz Mahmod's father and uncle for murder - an 'honour killing' carried out because the 20-year-old had left her husband to love a man outside her tribe - has properly provoked a massive outcry.
It was horrifying; it was preventable; it was alien. But for some the subtext is that it was also connected to the family's religion - Islam. Britain's relationship with its Muslim community is not getting any easier. Many Muslims want to build mosques, schools, and adhere to Islamic dress codes with ever more energy. But that energy also derives from the same culture and accompanying institutions that produced British-born suicide bombers. Nor are matters likely to get better soon. Roy's belief is that the deep driver of Islamic fundamentalism, terror and murderous intra-religious rivalries is the interaction of this very particular culture and its norms with Western culture and norms.
The message from Roy and Malik is bleak. There are many years of tension ahead. Islamic extremists 'infiltrate Oxbridge'.