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Saudi cleric says Islam forbids folk being pictured with cats

Saudi cleric says Islam forbids folk being pictured with cats

The delightful picture above accompanies an article in the Daily Sabah about the ‘peaceful cohabition’ between worshippers and cats in an Istanbul mosque. But please don’t let Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, see it. He’d have kittens! For, according to this report, the prominent cleric insists […]

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The test of spirituality

The test of spirituality

You know how Karen Armstrong, above, likes to say that compassion is at the heart of every great religion? For a year or two around 2009 she seemed to be saying nothing else. She said it in a lecture to the Unitarian Universalist Association for instance: And yet, each one of the major faiths, I […]

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Superstitions Ancient and Modern

Superstitions Ancient and Modern

I was surprised to read in a recent issue of the Freethinker that its founder pledged to ‘wage war against Superstition in general’. I had assumed that it was only concerned with the “Christian Superstition” and its contents had not led me to think otherwise. Recently I gave a talk with the above title and […]