Phil Torres is an author. His blatant dishonesty and lack of principles first caught my eye in 2017 when he published an article in Salon titled “From the Enlightenment to the Dark Ages: How “new atheism slid in to the alt-right”. The poster boys for this article were Sam Harris and Milo Yiannopoulos. Sam Harris isn’t alt-right (he’s a Jewish liberal) and Milo Yiannopoulos isn’t even an atheist (he’s a Catholic clown), but facts shouldn’t matter when you have an axe to grind.
The article is the usual mix of the guilt by association and misrepresentation we’ve come to expect from Salon’s output on Sam Harris. However, one shining example of Phil’s unscrupulous methods is exemplified in how he attempts to paint Richard “we are all African apes” Dawkins as a promoter of white supremacist propaganda.
The UK media is always keen to wheel out so-called ‘moderate Muslim’ talking heads to opine on behalf of ‘the community’. However, they seem remarkably inept when it comes to asking some very simple questions that would give the game up immediately.
This brings me to Roshan M Salih, the editor of soft-Islamist website ‘5Pillars’, or a ‘British Muslim news site’ as he would call it. Roshan describes himself as a ‘journalist’ and has enjoyed airtime on numerous mainstream TV and radio platforms—including the BBC.
I make a habit of reading books and articles that I expect to find disagreeable. This serves to test my convictions as I bounce them off opposing views and discover whether or not they survive the collisions. Moreover, the willingness to seek out alternate views invariably teaches you something that you did not know. In fact, sometimes you actually learn that your understanding of the issue was completely wrong altogether.
The fact that Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility’ did not manage to be informative or useful on any level is an achievement in and of itself. I’ve never encountered a book so intellectually vapid as to make me worry that reading it may have actually subtracted some knowledge.
Greetings fellow members of the Animal Kingdom,
As bush fires continue to rage across Australia, the threat and cost to human life must always remain top priority. Thankfully, a developed nation like Australia is able to point its resources in this direction, with many other humanitarian causes receiving the donations they need to help those affected.
Unfortunately, during a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, many animals are killed, displaced or injured. It has already been reported that millions of animals have been burned and had to be euthanised in the wake of this catastrophic event. As animal welfare is considered a secondary issue, it is often left to underfunded organisations and volunteers to focus on this vital area. This is where you come in.
Together, over the years, we have completed various fundraisers under the ethos of ‘Good For Good’s Sake’ culminating in a total of £29,417.37 raised for charitable causes.
This time, I’m asking that we use our solidarity and influence to help the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) with their continued efforts during the wildlife crisis in Australia.
I have set our goal at £500. Please give whatever you can. Please click here or the button below to donate.