Topic / Islam

Not much wisdom

There’s this idea that even if you’re not a believer and you don’t see Holy Books as divinely dictated, still they’re a good source of wisdom. I’m not convinced of that. There’s a lot of gorgeous language in the King James translation of the Bible, to be sure, and some of the remarks attributed to […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jews are spared the sight of a female Smurf

The billboard above – advertising a a new Smurf movie – has been censored to ensure that Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak in Israel aren’t offended. According to this report, the original poster for Smurfs: The Lost Village, shows four of the tiny blue humanoids – but one one, a blonde Smurfette, was cropped from […]

‘If my son was killed for being an atheist, I’ll become one too’

Those words were reportedly spoken by R Hameed, the Muslim father of H Farook, 31, above, an atheist who was murdered in India ten days ago, allegedly by members of a Muslim radical group, Speaking to The Indian Express, 54-year-old Hameed said: If the police version is true, that he was murdered by a radical […]

Officials tell couple that they can’t name their child ‘Allah’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has filed a lawsuit against two state officials for refusing to grant a birth certificate to a child because of the last name given to her by her parents – ‘Allah’. According to this report, the ACLU filed the suit Thursday on behalf of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal […]

Jews and Muslims unite to condemn hate preacher

Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, above, has sparked an investigation into a Montreal mosque in which he delivered a sermon advocating the killing of Jews. According to this report, his sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood and was later posted on YouTube. In the video, the imam […]

Porn, not prayer aired on Islamic TV channel in Senegal

Devout Muslims watching Touba TV in Senegal were shocked when the the religious channel broadcast 20 minutes of pornography on Monday afternoon. According to this report, Touba bosses said that it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur “X’’ for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming. […]

NSS awards Secularist of the Year prize to Yasmin Rehman

The Irwin Prize of £5000 for Secularist of the Year 2017 was awarded in London yesterday by the National Secular Society to Yasmin Rehman, the secular campaigner for women’s rights.  Rehman has spent much of the past two years to get the Government to recognise the dangers faced by ex-Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims from Islamic […]

Disney pulls Beauty and the Beast out of Malaysia

The Walt Disney Company has indefinitely pulled Beauty and the Beast from theaters in Malaysia rather than remove scenes involving a gay character to placate local authorities and religious leaders. Disney said in an emailed statement: The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia. Golden Screen Cinemas, Malaysia’s largest theater chain, said […]

Secular Muslim warns against ‘predators of liberty’ in the UK

Maajid Usman Nawaz, above, a politician, broadcaster and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society today hit out at the Muslims who aimed death threats and abuse at a young teenage girl who was filmed ‘twerking’ in a Birmingham street while wearing a hijab. Writing for The Daily Beast, the reformed Islamist wrote: The […]

Marginalising religious minorities harms society

Between a rock and a jihad place If a secular and pluralistic society wishes to function well, it must not disadvantage religious minorities. Indeed, it is critical – whether you are a doctor, a school teacher or the head of the BBC’s religious programming – that your cultural and religious background does not handicap you. […]