Dennis Prager on shooting children

I don’t know how many of my readers regularly read Townhall.com, a site by the Heritage Foundation which contains an archive of articles by various right-wing columnists. Dennis Prager is one of them. The first article I read by him was “Why Young Women Are Exposing Themselves?” which was linked off Ladies Against Feminism. Essentially it said that modern society gave women precious little opportunity to be feminine, so they resorted to the only means they had - their bodies. Continue reading

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Tories scrapping tuition fees … but there’s a catch

The BBC just reported that the Tories have announced a policy to scrap university tuition fees when (or if!) they next get to power - and they intend to replace it with loans on commercial rates of interest. Continue reading

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This blog isn’t made for Internet Explorer.

Just taken a look at my blog in the Mac version of Internet Explorer. OK, so it’s not the standard browser for the Mac (we have enormous competition - Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Mozilla, Camino, Opera, Omniweb, probably some I’ve not mentioned), nor the standard platform for IE, but the colours don’t display in IE as they do on any of the other browsers I use. And since I almost never use Windows, I don’t design by blog for it. I’d recommend that anyone using Windows get an alternative browser, because they display modern standard HTML properly, which Explorer does not. (Unless you need Jaws, which doesn’t work with Mozilla, and if you can’t see the colours anyway, it doesn’t matter.)

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About Robert Spencer

I’ve just been looking for info on Robert Spencer, the dishonest bigot behind the “Jihad Watch” blog, and found this post on the “Democratic Underground” forum:

The threat of Robert Spencer and the danger he poses to American Muslims

I had a post on my old Blosxom blog debunking some of Spencer’s distortions. Insha Allah as soon as I get my other computer fixed (nothing to do with host trouble) I’ll post it here.

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eWeek: Linux Doesn’t Make Sense for Desktops

An article on the eWeek website opines that Linux isn’t viable for the desktop - anyone who wants to get away from Windows to a decent desktop should get a Mac, says David Coursey. (I found this on OSNews, see “Longhorn Delays Make Room for Linux Mac OSX”.) Continue reading

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My website is back!

Alhamdu lillah, I’ve been able to get my old website back up and running. Please use this link. I have some articles there which I published long before I started blogging.

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Review of What’s the Matter With America?

I’m not one for reading books cover to cover; I hardly ever read novels, most of my reading matter is nowadays computer related (and most of my bookshelves are dominated by religious and travel literature). Every so often though, a book comes along which you just gets you hooked, and once you’re into it, you can’t bear to put it down.

What’s The Matter With America, or if you live in America, What’s The Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank (Secker and Warburg, 2004), is in my experience, one such book. Continue reading

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My blog’s back up!

Well, it’s looks like I’m not staying on Blogger for long! My webspace is finally back up, and I decided not to go back to Blosxom as it has its serious drawbacks. Not least the fact that not all of my blog is on my backup directory - because I blogged from files on various computers, the originals are on all those computers. I’ve decided to go to what seems to be the most popular blogging engine, which is Movable Type - apart from anything else, it seems like nearly all the competition require the blogger to use MySQL or some other database package, which would cost me 50 quid. So WordPress, Geeklog and the rest are out of the picture.

And it wasn’t sabotage. It was a simple hardware failure - well, it was a huge hardware failure, which led to the wrecking of the server’s entire “redundancy” - i.e. the entire collection of disks on which my old site was held. So I’m going to have to re-upload the whole lot, which of course I should do this evening, insha Allah.

I’ve finished reading Michael Frank’s book What’s the Matter With America and I intend soon to post a review here insha Allah! Please keep reading.

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Back to Blogger …

Well, it looks like I might be back on Blogger faster than I had thought. Somebody appears to have cracked my website.

I tried accessing my blog today, to see if anyone had commented. Got nothing but an “Internal Server Error”. Continue reading

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Back to Blogger (for a while!)

Well, it looks like I might be back on Blogger faster than I had thought. Somebody appears to have cracked my website.

I tried accessing my blog today, to see if anyone had commented. Got nothing but an “Internal Server Error”. Continue reading

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Randhir Singh Bains: Liar

Letters pages are often full of the “usual suspects” cropping up time and time again, and when they declare who they are (as opposed to just their names), one can understand what actually gives them the capacity to speak about the subject of their letter, as opposed to just having an interesting or important angle which deserves to be aired. There are another variety, the perpetual letter-writer whose views continually get aired and we don’t find out where the letters are coming from. When I was back in Croydon, I saw two letters in the local newspaper from someone saying that the state shouldn’t be looking after the bastard children of careless mothers. He actually used the word bastard, in both letters.

I’ve written here about continual anti-Muslim letter writers before, notably a guy called Denis MacEoin who failed to declare his links to the Baha’is. Randhir Singh Bains is another example - I searched for his name on Google and found nothing except letters to newspapers. In today’s Sunday Telegraph, there is a scaremongering letter from him alleging that:

Britain’s Muslims today have separate schools, a separate parliament, a separate bank and a “separate” privilege to have their critics sacked. If this trend of separateness continues unabated, it is only a matter of time before they ask for separate laws (Sharia laws), and eventually a separate country.

The so-called “Muslim Parliament” was known in our community to be a front group for Kalim Siddiqui and his so-called Muslim Institute, a pro-Khomeini group. They don’t represent anyone but themselves. As for a separate bank, well, numerous banks and building societies have their roots in clearly declared sections of the nation: Halifax, Bradford and Bingley, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Royal Bank of Scotland, and so on. Even the Welsh cattle-drovers had their bank (the Black Ox, now known as Lloyd’s). If a town can have its own institutions (and all towns of any size do), why should this so unthinkable for a religious community? As for schools, we have only a handful of state schools, in contrast to the thousands of Christian denominational schools. As for having our critics sacked, nobody is talking of getting rid of windbags like Polly Toynbee - only about ravers like “Will Cummins”. If anyone talked of Jews the way Cummins did about us, they would probably get sacked without having their articles printed.

In this country, there is nobody seriously advocating enforcing Sharia here, because it’s not going to happen any time soon. Nobody is talking about having critics of Islam silenced by law, because Muslims moved to this country knowing that this does not happen. And nobody has asked for a separate country (where?). We do not even expect, as some Jews appear to, that the media always support “our” faction where they are right and where they are wrong. (We don’t always support the people they identify as the “Muslim” faction ourselves.) What we want is an end to the scaremongering and flagrant lying.

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MPAC on backbiting …

I’m not sure if the people at MPAC UK read the letter I sent them last night, but today an article has appeared on their site about the subject of backbiting. It seems that even if they read my email, even if they wrote this article in response to it, they have not taken any notice of it. Continue reading

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High death toll after Beslan siege

The BBC reports that at least 200 people have died at the school in Russia which was occupied by suspected Chechen separatists earlier this week. This is, of course, the second time the Russian security forces have ended a terrorist occupation with enormous loss of life.

It shouldn’t need to be said (though there are some that won’t believe this anyway) that this action had no justification in Islam, and that we disassociate ourselves from it. In fact, even the leader of the mainstream Chechen separatist movement, Aslan Maskhadov, has condemned it and denied any involvement. Once again, the actions of ignorant people have cast a bad light over the rest of our community - like the kidnappings of the journalists by those idiots in Iraq, demanding an end to the headscarf ban in France, which in fact led to protests against it being cancelled. When will these people learn that they cannot win anything by amoral methods?

(By the way, for anyone who thinks we don’t care about innocent civilians being killed unless they are Muslims, see the entry on Shaikh Qaradawi (3rd Sept). For most Muslims, it’s a complete myth.)

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Further to “The Two Sides of Yusuf Qaradawi”

Note to Al-Muhajabah: the new trackback is because of the new blog.

Al-Muhajabah, in her blog “veiled4allah” links to an article by anti-Bush blogger Juan Cole attacking Yusuf al-Qaradawi for endorsing attacks on Americans, whether civilians or military, in Iraq. She calls him “a man of many faces”, on account of his condeming atrocities like 9/11 and the Bali bombing while endorsing suicide bombing in Palestine. Continue reading

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Abortion sob story in “Mother Jones”

The September/October 2004 edition of Mother Jones has hit the shelves of Borders here in the UK (I don’t know how many other outlets stock it), and on page 50 there’s a story by Eleanor Cooney about how she had a back street abortion in the 1960s after carelessly getting pregnant. The article is basically a defence of Roe v Wade - the “if you ban abortion, women will just go to the back streets and get hideously injured like they did in the 1960s” argument, and it includes the account of how she was prepared to go to any lengths to get rid of her baby:

“From the moment I started looking for an abortion, not once did I even consider going through with the pregnancy. Not for one second. It simply was not going to happen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going to stop me, and it could have cost me my life.”

Now, yesterday (Thursday), I picked up in Foyle’s a book called What’s the Matter With America by Thomas Frank (Secker & Warburg, 2004) about why Americans in historically liberal, even radical, parts of the USA increasingly turn to pro-business Republicans whose policies threaten to destroy their way of life, and the answer, very often, is abortion. A lot of “liberals” fail to grasp that the methods used in abortion, if used on anyone outside the womb, would be considered most heinous. While they regularly allege that pro-lifers care only about unborn babies and forget about people once born, they themselves take the exact opposite stance, holding the dignity of grown women above the life-and-limb rights of babies. When the issue is not life-threatening injuries to the mother, but merely a stupid young woman like Cooney trying to get rid of the “consequences” of her stupidity, you can understand why people are unsympathetic!

Incidentally, it also stands out that the people who would oppose the death penalty for convicted murderers, on the grounds that the death penalty is itself murder (as opposed to the possibility of executing innocent people because of police or judicial malpractice), often agree with the death penalty for unwanted babies. This is an obviously morally inconsistent position! The fact that some religious people have some absurd positions of their own (like the Catholic church’s demand that people treat sex as merely a method for procreation, and that even married couples abstain from it otherwise) does not justify the absurdity and inconsistency of their own stance.

So the question has to be asked why American liberals are more concerned for the welfare of foolish women than for defenceless babies, and for America itself, which they see collapse around them because people are too disgusted by their stance on abortion to vote for people whose policies might be good for them.

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How “switched on” are these organisations?

I’ve long been dismayed by the material issued by certain organisations which purport to defend Muslims. Some of them are very vigorous in attacking “apathetic” Muslims, but their writings demonstrate that they are short on literacy. Continue reading

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Of Africa, ex-colonials and ex-slaves …

George Monbiot has an article in today’s Guardian (link is now to his site) about why there might be suspicion about the British government’s recent moves to get involved in the Darfur situation - the reality of an old colonial set which regards the continent as their personal fiefdom. The “hoo-ray Henry” lingo in the piece is as hilarious as it might be offensive, and the article points to connections between the ongoing saga of the Zimbabwe mercenary trial and the Darfur disaster. Continue reading

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I’m going off tech blogs

The last year or so, my web surfing habits have changed somewhat. Before, the first place I went, usually, on starting up my computer was to head over to the Yahoo groups I subscribe to: al-Zawiya, Bewleyupdates, New Muslim Project, and a few others. Then I discovered blogging,and I started my own blog, and I now use it as a starting point. Most of my favourite sites are linked off it, including of course my favourite blogs, especially Muslim blogs. Continue reading

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Bullying is in the news again

The British charity Childline, which runs a helpline for children in need, has reported a 42% increase in bullying-related calls this year over last. An increasing number are from children 11 years old or younger; about half of the calls are about name-calling and other verbal abuse, and a third of it is about physical abuse. Today the BBC put up a “Have Your Say” page on the subject “How can bullying be stopped?”. The replies range from “you can’t stop it” and “it’s just part of growing up” to tales of meeting the bullies later in life and seeing their miserable state and of children being withdrawn due to bullying and the inaction of the teachers. There have been numerous reports of bullying-related suicides and of quite extreme violence, such as children’s hair being set on fire. Continue reading

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Microsoft warned over anti-Linux ads

Microsoft, an American company which makes an office package for the Mac and also a useless “operating” system for the PC, has been reprimanded for the British Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) for a misleading advert in which it claimed that the “Total Cost of Ownership” for Linux was higher than that for its offering, Windows XP (also known as Windoze). The advert, under the banner “Get the Facts”, claimed that Linux could be ten times as expensive as Windows - but the comparison was based on vastly different hardware, as the Windows figure was based on PC hardware (albeit high-end hardware, a twin Xeon) while the Linux figure was based on top-end IBM mainframe hardware. In fact, Linux was developed on a 386 PC, and most people who run Linux run it on Pentium-type PCs. Continue reading

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