Citizen Warrior 18 January 2012
This is another installation in our series, Answers to Objections. When you criticize Islam, you may very well be accused of being a "hater," as if telling people about basic Islamic doctrines means you advocate hatred toward Muslims as the solution. And nobody likes a hater, or wants to be one.
The Korea Times 17 January 2012
By Clifford D. May
It's funny in an Orwellian way that in Europe there are now militant groups with such cutesy names as Sharia4Belgium and Sharia4Holland. Less funny, but perhaps more Orwellian: Last month, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) held an event in Amsterdam featuring two speakers who favor liberalizing Islam.
Crosswalk.com 16 January 2012
By Kristin Butler
A new resolution introduced at the United Nations Human Rights Council has free speech advocates concerned about a potential backlash against religious minority groups. Previously introduced as Resolution 62/154, "Combating defamation of religion,” the piece was originally written to criminalize the criticism of religion. Advocates worried that the resolution would, at best, limit freedom of speech, and at worst, jeopardize religious minorities in countries carrying heavy punishments for blasphemy and apostasy.
Hudson New York 10 January 2012
By Soeren Kern
The European Union has offered to host the next meeting of the so-called Istanbul Process, an aggressive effort by Muslim countries to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.
The announcement comes less than one month after the United States hosted its own Istanbul Process conference in Washington, DC.
British Freedom 9 January 2012
Conservative opinions? Be careful what you say… Islamic jihad? That’ll do nicely.
The weekend’s in full swing and so are the jihadi video makers. Time for our regular visit to the Google/ YouTube Hall of Shame, checking out the Islamic terrorist video war porn that the Mountain View gazillionaires allow to proliferate on the world’s number one video sharing site.
teamfreedom 5 January 2012
By Anton Pototschnik and Thomas Pototschnik
Why do we have unique personal freedoms and opportunities in Europe?
This book reveals the hidden blueprint of freedom, which is the basis for every free society in human history. Are we losing our freedoms again? The book illustrates developments in history which led to the loss of personal freedom and rights.
It shows alarming similarities to our current situation: disenchantment with politics, the formation of parallel societies, continuous economic crises and so forth.With the hidden blueprint of freedom you hold the key to the understanding of these complex relations.
FrontPage Magazine 3 January 2012
By Bruce Bawer
Ibn Warraq? is the pseudonymous, Pakistani-born author of the modern classic Why I Am Not a Muslim and the writer or editor of several other estimable books about Muhammed, the Koran, Islamic culture, Muslim apostates, and Western civilization. Surely few people know as much as he does about both the West and Islam. Therefore I was more than eager to read his new book, Why the West Is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy.
Naturally, I expected something wise and incisive and steeped in learning – and I wasn’t disappointed. But what I hadn’t counted on was how fresh, original, delightfully inspired, and emotionally stirring Warraq’s approach to his topic would be. Take his first chapter, which is about New York, a city he views as "a testament to the robustness of Western culture and to its welcoming catholicity.” Warraq’s goal here is to help us to see a Western metropolis through the eyes of a person from, say, the Islamic world, and thus recognize the magnificence of things so familiar to us that we may take them for granted.
Citizen Warrior 2 January 2012
NOT ONLY ARE are some people killing non-Muslims in the name of Islam (in impressive numbers) but some are doing something less newsworthy but potentially more disconcerting: Demanding and gaining concessions from non-Muslims, and slowly encroaching on democratic freedoms with the end-goal of establishing Sharia law in Western democracies (and already succeeding). This must be stopped and your help is needed.
CatholicCulture.org: Pray. Think. Act. 28 December 2011
By Dr. Jeff Mirus
In February of this year, an Austrian teacher, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, was found guilty of "denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” because, during a seminar course on Islam, she stated that "Muhammed had a thing for little girls.” Sabaditsch-Wolff’s conviction was appealed, but it was upheld earlier this month.
EuropeNews 25 Dec 2011
By Henrik R. Clausen
While I was working on a polite essay ”What is 'denigration', really?”, events overtook the intended polite and analytical approach. At an Austrian court, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff had her conviction for ”Denigrating the teachings of a recognized religion” upheld. The court deemed that her uttering ”an excess of opinion” about Muhammad having sex with minors, and that doing so was subject to a fine of 480 euros, alternatively 60 days in jail.
The Tundra Tabloids will be live blogging the hearing today, December 20, 2011, 9-11 am,(local Viennese time, 10-12am Finnish time). Elisabeth is appealing her sentence in February of denigration of religious teachings to an unconditional penalty of 480 €. The charge of incitement was acquitted. Both Attorney Michael Rami and the prosecutor had lodged appeals.
PJ Media 16 December 2011
By Phyllis Chesler
The legendary Ibn Warraq is my dear friend. I decided to review his new and very excellent book Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy and to interview him here as well.
But let’s be clear from the outset. I am reviewing his book not because he is my friend. Rather, he is my friend because he writes great and important books. He is someone with whom I can share serious and witty conversations; he may very well be the best-read man I know. His familiarity with a vast array of fields is truly astounding and a great consolation (at least to me) in our world of apps and pads and short attention spans. He is supremely knowledgeable about philosophy, Islamic and Western art, music, theater, architecture, and literature, both sacred and secular.