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In God’s Name: Religion, Islam and Pakistan’s Child Murderers

In God’s Name: Religion, Islam and Pakistan’s Child Murderers

  • December 19, 2014
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‘Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction,’ wrote Blaise Pascal.  This is not always true.  From General Lothar von Trotta’s extermination of the Herero to the Russian purges, the Holocaust and the Kymer Rouge, the twentieth century was filled with numerous examples of terrible violence and mass killing that did not have an explicitly religious motive, and which sometimes had no religious component at all.

Nevertheless in the last three decades the world has experienced an upsurge of violence that seems, at first sight, to bear...

Tommy Robinson Sees the Light

  • October 09, 2013
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There is no doubt that yesterday’s jaw-dropping announcement that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson and twelve senior members of the English Defence League have abandoned their party is good news.

It deals a massive and possibly fatal blow to an organization that has regularly used 1930s fascist street mobilization tactics in an attempt to stir up...

Westgate:  God’s Trashy Gangsters

Westgate: God’s Trashy Gangsters

  • September 30, 2013
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Killing in the name of religion invariably provides an aura of moral grandeur on even the most squalid and disgusting acts, at least in the minds of their perpetrators and supporters.

The last week has produced   a real bumper crop of such acts by ‘Islamist’ groups in various parts of the world.   On 21...

If you all hate Abu Qatada, clap your hands

  • July 09, 2013
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So Omar Othman, the man known to most Britons as Abu Qatada, has been extradited to Jordan for trial, and what a triumph for Lord Snooty and His Pals.     Ever since he was arrested in 2002,   one government after another has been trying to deport him to face a military trial –...

Of Moors and Gypsies

Of Moors and Gypsies

  • June 10, 2013
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I’ve just come back from Spain, where I spent a fabulous week leading a group of 18 walkers around the Axarquia mountain range in Andalusia.   The village where we stayed was located about an hour from Malaga, just inland from Torre del Mar, one of several   ‘white villages’ in the area left over...

Pamela Geller Quotes the Quran

Pamela Geller Quotes the Quran

  • January 11, 2013
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For the last week psycho-bigot Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has been regaling commuters in New York City with pithy insights into Islam and the politics of the Middle East.     First there was this advert, which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority allowed in 10 subway stations after a court case overruled its attempts...

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