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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Letter From an Ex Muslim

Quite a powerful video. Well worth your time and worth sharing. Filed under: Religion Tagged: Islam, Why Leave Religion . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Letter From an Ex Muslim

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Did Allah Take The Wheel?

The West’s policies and actions in the Middle East have set the stage for tragedy. The destruction and destabilization of states and the creation of a new Cold War flash-point in Syrian (and one upcoming in the Ukraine) are spreading chaos in the world. The mass murder in Nice, France is an example, par excellence, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Did Allah Take The Wheel?

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

Bill Longstaff: Is Christ Christian? Reflections on the niqab debate.

Pondering the late unlamented election debate about the niqab, I took to wondering just what a religion is. Not the dictionary definition or what theologians say it is, but how it is practiced by its followers. Take Christianity, for example, the re… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Is Christ Christian? Reflections on the niqab debate.

Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database … Continue reading Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

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Bill Longstaff: Paris—the blowback of imperialism

U.S. President Barack Obama has referred to the atrocities in Paris as attacks “on all of humanity.” He is wrong, of course. The attacks were specifically directed at France, an ex-imperialist European nation that has a long history of colonizing, oppressing and exploiting the Muslim peoples of North Africa and the Middle East, and that continues to interfere in their affairs to this very day.

Bill Longstaff: Religion is bad for kids

It might strike some as surprising, but it shouldn’t. A study by academics from seven countries suggests that children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious families. According to the researchers, “Overall, our findings … contradict the common-sense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind

Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics have sparked protests, but Conservatives who should know better have been astonishingly quiet. ( photo.) Below: Former St. Albert MLA Mary O’Neill, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The single most disheartening thing about this long 2015 federal election campaign has been the […]

The post Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics? appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Bill Longstaff: Niqab nonsense—much ado about nothing

I am no fan of the niqab. Hell, I’m no fan of religion. But if a Moslem woman wants to wear a niqab at a citizenship ceremony for religious reasons, I can’t think of a single reason why I, or the state on my behalf, should prevent her. As long, that is, as she is prepared to unveil privately to establish her identity.

And that, Zunera Ishaq the young mother who took the government’s ban to

Alberta Politics: Was the Senate report on ‘countering’ the threat of terrorism intended to incite hatred for political gain?

PHOTOS: Conservative members of the Senate of Canada answer questions about their “interim report” on countering terrorist threats to Canada. Actual Conservative Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated – but close enough, unfortunately. Below: Liberal senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta, who dissented from the report; former British MP George Galloway, banned from Canada after […]

The post Was the Senate report on ‘countering’ the threat of terrorism intended to incite hatred for political gain? appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Bill Longstaff: ISIS and the grand imam—not so different

That ISIS is a scourge of major proportions is agreed on across the globe. Driven by some religious mania, they persecute other religions, behead infidels, burn enemies alive—all with sickening zeal and an obsession with publicity. Other Muslims are as outraged as any of us. A host of Arab governments and Muslim religious authorities have expressed vigorous condemnation.

For example, Sheikh

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper: Racist AND a Hypocrite!

Just WHO should be covering up?

I recall once that Stephen Harper believed in championing religious freedom. Except for people he doesn’t like.

Now he’s appealing a federal court ruling allowing people to exercise their religious freedom by becoming citizens while not publicly removing their niqab.

But why, you ask?

Because Canada is transparent, open, equal and just. And Stephen Harper is our leader, so he too is transparent, open, equal and just.

Except he’s not. At all. He’s a racist and a hypocrite. Read on!

“I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is — it is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.

This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.

Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?

Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: About That Islamic Terrorism, Who Are We Kidding?

Well those damned Muslims have us in hysterics now.  Rupert Murdoch says this is on all Muslims.  Bill Maher says ditto.

But wait.  There are two strains of Muslims – Sunni and Shia.  Our Muslims of choice, those we consider our allies, are Sunni – Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, that bunch. The Muslims we normally despise and distrust are those other guys, the Shiites.

So, let’s step back and look at all this Muslim terrorism that has us in such a state. Let’s start with Osama bin Laden.  Sunni.  Al Qaeda, Sunni.  ISIS, Sunni.  Those Muslims Obama keeps (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Oh, This is Rich

You might remember media mogul, ‘Reptilian Rupert’ Murdoch, as the guy who denied any personal responsibility whatsoever for the criminal enterprise he operated, the deservedly late News of the World.  For Rupe, the buck stopped just short of himself.  Right, you rotten old bugger and why haven’t you taken a dirt nap by now anyway?

Now the crotchety old fart has come out to contend that all Muslims – the lot of them, the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims included – must share responsibility for the Paris massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

Bill Maher last night took his own shot at (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: The legitimate anger of the jihadis

As the season of wallowing in warrior worship wanes, we might think upon those warriors we love to hate—the young Muslim men from around the globe migrating (or trying to migrate) to the Middle East to fight for ISIS.

Their motivation is much discussed. Some, alienated from their society, seem driven by nothing more than a desperate search for meaning in their lives. The mentally-unbalanced,

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s Speech on Ottawa Shooting

Here’s the prepared text of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The post Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s Speech on Ottawa Shooting appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Closer You Look …

The closer one looks at the ISIS thing, the more it starts looking like a sectarian war in the Middle East.  Yesterday in the Globe and Mail, Robert Fowler very nicely articulated the problem with short term solutions to the mess in Iraq, and today I spotted a really interesting read describing some of the reasons behind the apparent lack of response from several Arab states, in particular Saudi Arabia.

As is typical of these situations in the region, it is starting to become apparent that for all of its bloodiness, ISIS is simply another sectarian feud spilling out (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Critical thinkers, Take Heart

Dispelling misconceptions is never well-received in the media:

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drive-by planet: Following AKP win Erdogan to ‘enter the lair’ of ‘traitors’: war against Syria in the works?

 Top: Erdoğan after win flanked by son Bilal / Beneath left: Fethullah Gülen

Following a solid win for the AKP in the nationwide local elections in Turkey, PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, declared victory and made pointed threats directed at his opponents. He stated his intention to “enter the lair” of his enemies who he has branded “terrorists” and “an axis of evil.” He appears ready to put an end to what he regards as internal treachery… in his words “a state within a state.”

This is a dagger pointed at US-based Fethullah Gülen and his Hizmet supporters (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Featuring Dark Matter2525

The title of this video is “what if you’re wrong” and yes atheist friends DM2525 does touch on that venerated old chestnut of Pascal’s Wager, but like M. Night – Can’tmakeagoodmovietosafehislife- with a twist – there are questions and consequences that the deluded must face.

If your god happens to be the right one, how is it merciful to condemn some 5 million other people to hell? How do you know your god is the “right” one, given the sectarian nature of the christian and muslim faiths you might be on the right team, but sitting in the wrong (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria opens school for kids in Daraa

 Screenshots from al-Qaeda school video

Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, isn’t just in the business of jihad. It has set up “education” programs to indoctrinate Syrian children. On the walls of a jihad-friendly school in Daraa you don’t find any colorful artwork or alphabets, instead there are posters celebrating jihadist martyrs and verses from the Qur’an… makes Assad’s schools seem almost wildly progressive by comparison.

The video beneath shows the typical routine. Kids show up to recite passages of the Qur’an by rote and learn about jihad. The curriculum includes instruction about weapons. The next stage for some (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: Syria- A Short History

                                                                                                                                                                                  SYRIA – A SHORT HISTORY By Phillip K. Hitti, Colier Books, New York 1961   This book is an abridgement of the author’s previous work ‘History of Syria Including Lebanon and Palestine’ (1951). Before the present ‘Arab Spring’ and the subsequent civil war in Syria this country wasn’t of great interest to the average person. This had not, however, always been the case. In the past Syria and its Lebanese gateway had at time been very much in the centre of events.        The author opens with a brief synopsis of Syria’s history, and continues with an (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Syria- A Short History

Terahertz: Two sides of a coin

There is no inherent contradiction in viewing fundamentalist religious headgear as misogynistic while still supporting an individual’s religious freedom, so why does the media keep painting it as such?

The Charter of Quebec Values is creating a huge, perhaps irreparable rift in the province’s women’s movement. For feminists, there is no halfway position over the proposed ban on religious symbols worn by public employees.

On one side are those for whom the Muslim hijab (or any kind of religious headscarf) is anathema because it’s seen as a symbol of female submission. On the other side are those who believe that (Read more…)

Terahertz: Closure of Muslim Free School highlights folly of government policy

A bit of welcome news came today that British government inspectors have forced the temporary closure of an Islamic free school over “health and safety issues.” The school promises to re-open soon.

Over the past few years, the British government has been increasingly trying to solve its broken education system through a combination of market-based reforms. Key among them have been the opening of many “free schools,” that is, fully government-funded schools that are free from the control of local authorities (locally-elected school boards).

Many of these free schools are religiously-motivated and are permitted to have discriminatory admission policies (Read more…)