The popular monotheistic religions have an established history of violent outbursts in response to perceived transgressions. One faith in particular stands out at this moment in time for its refusal to join the enlightenment.
Some may recall the reports of Qur’ans being desecrated by U.S guards at Guantanamo in 2005. This sparked deadly riots throughout the Muslim world.
I wouldn’t know the name ‘Andy Kindler’ had I not noticed his bizarre Twitter obsession with Ricky Gervais some time ago. It appears Andy has a problem with vocal critics of religion and is unable to separate dislike of ideas from bigotry towards actual people. He’s also a comedian, I’m told.
It seems Sam Harris has also been on the receiving end of the same sort of treatment for quite some time too:
I love satire and comedy. In the battle of ideas, its firepower cannot be overstated. In these bleak times of daily Islamic encroachments on humanity, I often looked to the masters of this game to provide some levity, and most importantly – to fire some shots back. Verbally of course.
It’s with great regret then, that the satirical titans of our day (and heroes of mine) consistently go missing where this topic is concerned.
The annual National Secular Society conference took place in Central London on Saturday 3rd September. As always, it was a fantastic occasion featuring some excellent guest speakers talking on important topics. It was nice to see some familiar faces and make the acquaintance of some new ones too.
I’d also like to thank those of you who approached me to say hello throughout the day – it was a pleasure meeting you all.
I’ll share some thoughts, observations and media from the conference with you. You can read about the guests in full here, but I will note a few highlights below. Read more
Back in February I reported on the brutal murder of Rochdale Imam Jalal Uddin in broad daylight. As usual, those pretending to care about Muslims raged far and wide about ‘Islamophobia’ and anti-Muslim violence.
The suspects were later named as Mohammed Hussain Syeedy and Mohammed Abdul Kadir. As you can imagine, it all went a bit quiet from there. This is a pattern that also followed the murders of Asad Shah and Abdul Hadi Arwani – also killed at the hands of their fellow religionists. It seems an appetite to address the hate directed at Muslims only exists when it comes from outside their own communities.
It’s been an interesting day or two for Maajid Nawaz of the anti-extremism think tank Quilliam. We learned via Nawaz’s Facebook page that he’d had a run in with a number of Islamist thugs in London:
Keep in mind, Nawaz is a Muslim who is a staunch opponent of Islamic extremism and spends his time championing human rights and secularism for all. The fact that doing so in 2016’s London from within the Muslim community carries such risks demonstrates that the problem is worse than most care to understand.