Criticism of religion

Denmark has selectively criminalised Free Speech

Members of the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir demand a worldwide Islamic Caliphate during a demonstration in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Epo)

Members of the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir demand a worldwide Islamic Caliphate during a demonstration in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Epo)

Denmark has criminalised free speech. They have applied the law selectively. A Danish Imam called Jews “the offspring of apes and pigs” but no legal charges were filed against him. In contrast, when a Danish citizen called Islam loathsome like Nazism, legal charges were filed and he was fined.

These two examples show that pointing out the negative aspects of the ideology or religion of Islam is now a criminal offence in Denmark. Insulting Jewish people, on the other hand, is not despite the law clearly stating that you cannot threaten, insult or demean a group of people.

Last week, a Danish district court ruled that what a Danish citizen had written on Facebook in November 2013 violated the Danish criminal code.

In response to a debate about the local activities of a radical Islamic organization, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which works for the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate, he wrote: “The ideology of Islam is as loathsome, disgusting, oppressive and as misanthropic as Nazism. The massive immigration of Islamists into Denmark is the most devastating thing to happen to Danish society in recent history.”

According to ? 266b of Denmark’s criminal code, it is prohibited and punishable by fine or prison publicly to threaten, insult or demean a group of persons because of their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, faith or sexual orientation.

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Face of the day

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller is planning a ?Draw the Prophet? event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a ?Stand with the Prophet? conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.

Geller?s event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the ?Stand with the Prophet? conference at the public school district?s conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.

During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that Muslims?are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. ?Thousands of Americans said ?no way!??

?The media can smear us and the President can stand with them,? Geller said. ?We the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, it?s today. We dwarfed them.?

?If the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,? Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. ?That said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, that?s not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.?

?Enough is enough,? she explained. ?They?re just cartoons. We?re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become ? with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can?t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it ? and with it, free society.?

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Taking points to help you when discussing Islam with others

I am skilled in the art of persuasion. I use analogies a lot as they can be used effectively to illustrate a point and are easy to understand. An analogy is a comparison in which an idea or a thing is compared to another thing that is quite different from it. It aims at explaining that idea or thing by comparing it to something that is familiar.

Here are two talking points that can be explained using an analogy.

  • To help keep the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists safe, all Main stream media? should immediately re-publish the cartoons.

Analogy: The school bully is big and strong and he likes to beat up kids who wear glasses. One day the entire student body turns up wearing glasses. The bully no longer has a clear target. He also now knows that all the students are standing in solidarity with the kids who genuinely need glasses. This is intimidating as he realises that all the students are against his actions. He can no longer count on the others turning a blind eye to his actions.d0f811fbd96b4a3da862d79522cec602

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2015 Islamophobia Awards and the nominees are……

Believe it or not there is such a thing as the Islamophobia Awards.

Not only do they nominate individuals for the award, they also have nominated books and films.

They have even helpfully included a quote to go with each of the nominees. Frankly I am struggling to find any lies. All I see are facts and opinions. I don’t see any hate but what I do see in the creation of these awards is Islam attacking Freedom of Speech yet again. Admittedly this is a ‘ moderate ‘ way to try to silence the dissenting voices, but it is an attempt to silence us nevertheless.

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A contest of ideas

Quote from Rowan Atkinson

Quote from Rowan Atkinson

What I love so much about democracy and Freedom of Speech is that we can have an open and honest exchange of ideas. We can debate issues, we can question. We do not have to follow any doctrine blindly and unquestioningly.

Today we do not have to buy anything off the rack, we can customise it to suit us and the same goes with our belief systems.

One size does not fit all and so as we grow we listen and observe, we debate and we reason, constantly re evaluating the beliefs we hold dear. At least that is how it is for the women in my family. My mother was brought up a Catholic and now considers herself a Humanist.

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Proselytizing atheists give atheists a bad name

Most people know that I am a Christian. I don’t hide because it is my belief that Christians all too often forget that we are supposed to spread the good news….that we are saved.

I personally can’t stand proselytizing and evangelistic Christians, I think they give Christians a bad name.

But there is another equally annoying group of proselytizing and evangelistic morons out there who are trying desperately…for some reason or another to convince people like me that we are mad, crazy, stupid or all of the above for daring to believe in something.

The thing is they also believe in something, and somewhat more fervently than most of us who believe in what we believe.

One atheist is somewhat annoyed with what he calls “In-Your-Face Atheism”.

The president of American Atheists, David Silverman, defines firebrand atheism as simply telling the truth about religion, with the emphasis on the telling. He says?we should make clear that it?s religious beliefs we?re attacking, not the person. He says, ?I?m not attacking humans; I?m attacking those humans? silly beliefs.?

That word ?silly? is the problem, as is Silverman?s whole take-no-prisoners assault on religion.

Think about what religion is?a total worldview that lets each believer feel like she?s found meaning and purpose in a bewildering universe. So, it?s not much of a stretch to argue that people are reluctant to give up their religious beliefs when they are intimately tied to their sense of self-worth.

It?s one thing to give up a belief about a political or scientific fact that doesn?t directly affect your life?like whether or not global warming is caused by humans. But it?s another thing to give up a belief that you think determines whether you?ll be strumming a harp with angels or stuck on the business end of the Devil?s pitchfork after you die.

So, if we?re going to change someone?s beliefs, but we?re going to have to resist the temptation to roast them while we?re doing it. But listen to what Silverman has said in his talks promoting firebrand atheism: ?Religion is a lie?all of it?that?s the truth.?

?Respect is earned, and religion hasn?t earned any.?

Even if he?s right, the tone of these comments is just going to raise the emotional hackles of your average believer.

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Face of the day

Wafa Sultan Arab-American Psychiatrist

Wafa Sultan Arab-American Psychiatrist

Arab-American Psychiatrist Wafa Sultan is one of an inspiring? group of Muslim Women Reformers speaking out against the oppression of Islam.

I learned more about Islam from Wafa Sultan than I have learned in my entire life up till now.

I will not spoil it for you? by summarising what she says but be prepared for one hell of a lesson.

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Christopher Hitchens dies

Christopher Hitchens has died.

Author Christopher Hitchens has died of cancer at the age of 62,Vanity Fair?has reported.

The magazine said he died today after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year while on a book tour for his memoir “Hitch-22”.

Vanity Fair’s?website reported that he died at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, surrounded by friends, whom he described earlier this year? as “my chief consolation in this year of living dyingly” after writing last year? that “cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic”.

Hitchens? was known for his heroic intake of alcohol and cigarettes. He wrote in 2003 that his daily intake of alcohol was enough to “stun the average mule”.

He said he had given up smoking in 2008, but journalist and author Peter FitzSimons, who interviewed him for his appearance the 2010 Sydney Writers’ Festival, said Hitchens had been still smoking as of last year.

Hitchens was a columnist for?Vanity Fair and?Slate, the online magazine, and the author of the?New York Times?bestselling book?God is Not Great.

I don’t subscribe to Hitchens’ views on religion or God. However he was a great intellect and he is now gone. As an antitheist and atheist he is now…well…at an end.

Why do atheists thank god?

An interesting concept I’ve often wondered about. The latest atheist to thank God is Russel Norman:

Katya is now in good health after a long and serious illness, superbly treated by the public health system. “Thank God ? I mean, I’m an atheist, but thank God for the public health system,” Norman says.

There are a lot of things that I thank God for but a public health system isn’t one of them. Given his?stupendous?public salary why couldn’t he use the private system and reduce the burden on the public health system?

Blasphemy? More like a joke

I received an email with these images attached. The sender is outraged….actually he is OUTRAGED! He thinks the posters are blasphemous and should be torn down.

I am absolutely disturbed by these hideous posters.

I on the other hand saw the pictured and laughed, literally out loud. Atheists, especially atheists who spend a lot of their own money trying to prove, or at least convince “believers” they are wrong are hilarious.

As a Christian, unlike my correspondent, I didn’t find these posters offensive at all, I think they show that there is an atheist who desperately wants to believe he is right…and that in and of itself is believing in something, making the joke that is atheism.