Reading Time: 4 minutes The Islamic Research Foundation International (IRFI)— registered in the UK in 2007 with the aim of “advancing the faith and religious practices of Islam”—was shut down earlier this month after several run-ins with charity and broadcasting regulators. This move has been lauded by those who have tried for years to silence the hate speech emanating […]
How to fight hate? We need to cultivate indifference.
Reading Time: 7 minutes We’re often taught that love is the solution to hate. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” There is some wisdom here. But King’s vision of brotherly love is quite demanding. And love can be a dangerous emotion. Love can cause us to do unreasonable things. Indeed, […]
Elon Musk buys Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Everyone has their line. Even 4chan, a supposedly “anything-goes platform” that many think is the worst manifestation of the internet, had a line. It was an animated depiction of child pornography, as well as concerted attacks on female journalists and others associated with Gamergate. The result? 8chan was started as an even more “libertarian” vacuum […]
Well That Escalated Quickly: Knowledge and Consequentialism Discussed
Reading Time: 9 minutes So yesterday I posted a piece being very critical of Islam as a religious theology (in the context of teaching RE), just as I have spent 10 years doing with Christianity. The comments thread exploded and, I have to say, the conversation was really pretty good. There were lots of people who disagreed with each other […]
Tommy Robinson, Islamic Extremism and the BBC
Reading Time: 4 minutes Last night, on the BBC’s flagship news commentary programme Newsnight, experienced presenter Kirsty Wark came up against Tommy Robinson, far right activist (co-founder of the English Defence League, the European Defence League, Pegida UK and a writer for Rebel Media). The segment was concerning the Finsbury Park mosque murder whereby a far-right anti-Islamist, Darren Osborne, mowed down […]
Seeing the Trolls in Their Own Homes. A Must Watch.
Reading Time: < 1 minute This is both fascinating and depressing. Compulsive viewing. World’s a funny* place. [*insert any number of adjectives here]
Voting for Trump and Perpetuating the Islamic Victim Narrative and Terrorism
Reading Time: 1 minute Whether or not any bomb or stabbing events in the States over the last few days were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, the scenario is an easy one for the fundamentalists, with a bent for terrorism, to win. Creating chaos with bombs and killings stirs up a hornet’s nest of anti-immigrant, anti-Islamic fear and panic. […]
Search engines’ role in radicalisation must be challenged, finds study
Reading Time: 2 minutes There is an interesting piece in the Guardian that looks at the role the internet plays, and internet search providers play, in the facilitation of radicalisation. I had never considered this before. As the article states: More than 484,000 Google keyword searches a month from around the world, including at least 54,000 searches in the […]
5-Year-Olds, Pond Dipping, Innocent Childhoods, and ISIS
Reading Time: 2 minutes Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man, said the Jesuit priest. The other evening, I was lying in bed with one of my five-year-old twins, Finn. He is learning to read, and we were reading a book for early readers called Pond Dipping. We were talking about the […]
Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death
Reading Time: 2 minutes The BBC is reporting this breaking news, so check back there for updates: Police in Bangladesh say two people including a leading gay rights activist and editor at Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine have been hacked to death. The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy. […]