The Worlds Shortest Political Quiz describes me as a left-liberal. I consider myself a non-fundamentalist protestant. I have little time for dogmatism or sectarianism in either politics or religion, but this blog will contain opinions. Read at your peril.
Great post by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England in response to the appalling front page of The Guardian following the Woolwich murder, and the equally awful coverage by the BBC.
Almost as depressing as the Guardian front page was the discussion of the Woolwich murder on Newsnight yesterday evening. One participant, the impressive Maajid Nawaz, spoke of the need for a Western narrative to challenge the world-view of Islamism. But you only had to look at the people with him to see there was little chance we would hear it last night.
There was John Reid who, as a Communist while the Soviet Union was the greatest tyranny on this planet, never bought into the Western narrative in the first place and is now employed by the security industry – though Newsnight never reminds of us during his frequent appearances. And there was Alex Carlile, a Liberal Democrat who long ago threw in his lot with the most repressive elements of Labourism.
It seems that the so-called liberal media is not giving nearly enough airtime to defending the values of western liberal democracy, instead giving a soapbox to people like the ridiculous Anjem Choudary or the totalitarian thug John Reid. While at the same time the usual suspects ranging from white supremacists to militant athiests are using the whole thing to peddle their predicatable message of hate.
Anjem Choudary is Britain’s equivalent of Fred Phelps. He’s a publicity whore who represents nobody but himself. He is not in any way a spokesman from British Muslims. So why does the media give him so much attention? Exactly whose agenda does that advance?
If anyone wonders why I’ve disappeared from Facebook, I’ve decided to take some time out from there. Sadly the terrible events in Woolwich this afternoon seem to have bought out the worst in some people, and I’ve seem very offensive posts which, while probably not aimed at me personally, did come across as an attack on my values and my identity. I don’t want to be forced to start defriending people. I will be back…
Mike Talks (@TestSheepNZ on Twitter) is best known as a testing blogger, but this post is about something else entirely. The Road Not Travelled is both a very powerful piece of writing, and a rather disturbing true story.
Yes, it’s true that the party keeps sacking these candidates. But as soon as they do, another one pops up, and another, and another. It’s like a game of Whack-a-Mole. It does leave you with the impression that the party is awash with Uncle Jimmy characters, and they’re not even remotely good at screening out these wingnuts as election candidates.
It does leave you with the impression that these racist, sexist numpties represent the party’s base.
Exactly why is England’s patron saint a Roman soldier of Greek/Palestinian descent who had no connection with England even in myth, and died hundreds of years before England as a nation even existed? But still, that ought to be a reminder that England’s national day does not belong exclusively to numpties who think Brighton Pavilion is a mosque.
Richard Dawkins gives the impression that doesn’t really understand religion. There is no place for nuance, ambiguity and doubt in his world view. He even seems to have problems with metaphors and allegories. Which is why he persists in thinking that crudely literalist fundamentalism is the true face of religion. Which is probably quite apt, because Dawkins is really a fundamentalist himself.
More facts will probably emerge over the coming days, but at the moment, whatever the religion of the perpetrators, what happened in Boston still feels more like the Columbine massacre than it does to the 7/7 bombings in London.