Bad Grief

Certainly there is some rage against the idea of God, but the idea that theists are stupid because they’re theists is a stupid idea. Anyone who cares to could find out in about five seconds that there have been many theists who were frighteningly intelligent. There are many now. I don’t think belief in God is a question of intelligence to begin with, but I do think it’s a question of values. This isn’t a criticism. In the amusing documentary, Religulous, Bill Maher said to a few trucker-Christians that he considered atheism a luxury. He was right. Atheism is a luxury.

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Very Tiny Tim

I used to be a red-meat-loving angry and intolerant atheist, whose favourite pastime – when not sucking marrow from the bones of dead babies – was munching on pork scratchings and slurping them down with a cold pint of chicken blood.

Things have changed.

Tim Farron has resigned. This seems to me to be evidence for the existence of God, and an answer – finally! – to the ‘problem of evil’.

Why does God allow evil to exist in the world when he has the power to do something about it? Well, now it seems God has finally taken action to reduce the evil in the world by removing Tim Farron from politics.
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Madness and Savagery

Peter Hitchens has written a lengthy piece in response to the latest islamist attack. It is a predictably thoughtful and eloquent article. It’s the most intelligent response I’ve seen. There is much in it to agree with. It is a shame our so-called ‘leaders’ can’t offer responses of this standard. Instead they call the terrorists ‘cowards’ and ‘losers’ when the killers haven’t lost anything and cowardice stifles action. It is our so-called ‘leaders’ who are the cowards.

Mr Hitchens asks on the question of the killers’ enthusiasm when stabbing:

‘I was struck by a particular report in ‘the Guardian’ on Tuesday, in which a London surgeon, sadly used to dealing with stab wounds, remarked on the unusual force of the wounds inflicted by these merciless human horrors on Saturday night. This seemed to me to suggest a level of cruelty and ruthlessness way beyond the ability of a normal person, even a normal criminal. What is the source of this? Some people will say ‘fanaticism’, and I will agree with them that it is a necessary condition in this kind of killing. But is it a sufficient one?  Well, how capable are you, or how capable do you think you would be, of real, homicidal violence, even in a cause to which you were committed? I am a former fanatic. I espoused a set of beliefs with homicidal implications. I am not a pacifist, and am ready to defend myself with force. But I was as incapable then, as I am now, of driving a steel blade into a human being.’ Continue reading

What is Ramadan and why is it important in Islam?

adana sabancı camiiRamadan is a period of fasting and spiritual growth, and is one of the five pillars of Islam and the month Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and in the Islamic calendar, the timing of Ramadan varies from year to year and lasts either 29 or 30 days. It’s considered the holiest month in Islam.

Ramadan is obligatory those over the age of puberty for every mature, sane, and healthy Muslim, but under certain conditions there is no obligatory for ill people, old age and mentally ill and insane, chronically ill, and those under the age of puberty, but pregnant women, people with a temporary illness, soldiers in battle or do military service, anyone who is traveling may suspend their fasting and can make up their missed fasting days following month of Ramadan, even they prefer to fast the shorten days of the year, especially in the Winter season. The Muslims who practice the fasting are expected to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset each day of Ramadan.

Muslims believed that Prophet Muḥammad received the first surah of the Quran on the 27th night of Ramadan, the Night of Power = Laylat al-Qadar. In addition to all above, Muslims believed that all Abrahamic religions’ books; the Scrolls of Abraham, the Torah, the Gospel, the Psalms of David were revealed in the month of Ramadan.

The end of Ramadan marks the beginning of one of two major Islamic holidays Bayram or Eid al-Fitr in Arabic. On this day, male Muslims attend a religious service at Mosques in the morning, male or female Muslims pay visit to their late relatives’ graves and friends, visit relatives and neighbours and exchange gifts.
🌹🌹To all my Muslim friends both in Turkey and around the world I wish you Happy Ramadan, and I send my Best Wishes to my non-Muslim friends in Turkey and around the World 🌹🌹

A ‘Policy Response’ Ponce

I mentioned in a comment elsewhere that Douglas Murray is doing us all a favour by going about the place telling the truth about the Islamist project. Another commentator, who I think is a Christian, said on the serious question of the reponse to the Manchester attack:

Douglas Murray focuses on one point: an attack on obfuscation, whether by some neo-liberals or some Muslims. He has nothing else to say. When Andrew Neil asks what policies he would suggest as solutions he has very little to say. Murray has one obvious point to make, and has made a career on that basis. His books become bestsellers.

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We’ve Lost.

 

I detest political correctness.  I think it’s the enemy.  I mean there are many enemies, but they all come together under one rubric, which is one person is trying to tell another person how to think.

  • Norman Mailer
Mr Utley has commented on the wooden delivery of Mrs May’s response to the Manchester mass-murder. As it happens, I agree with his analysis, but I think it misses the point. To consider her style of delivery is to choose not to consider the content – and it’s the content that matters. Probably this point is self-evident, but when we consider surface-matters we can easily be distracted from what’s important.

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Heartily Sick

There will be plenty mentioned about the mass murder in Manchester yet another Islamist lunatic licenced himself to carry out. I’ll leave it to others to state, yet again, that ideas such as Jihad and martydom usually lead to mass murder and that believing after they are dead they will continue to be alive is the reason these twisted people kill themselves.

What I’m heartily sick of is the utter banality of the responses from our political ‘leaders’. I don’t need them to ‘explain’ the causes of the Manchester outrage (or any of the other outrages). I know well enough what the cause is. But what is going on in head of a person who is happy to state the attack is ‘cowardly’?

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