Topic / Islam

NSS welcomes court ruling on school’s gender apartheid

The National Secular Society has welcomed a landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal that an Islamic school’s policy of segregating boys from girls amounted to unlawful sex discrimination. Al-Hijrah School, a state-funded Islamic school in Birmingham, admits pupils of both sexes. But from year five boys and girls are completely segregated for religious reasons […]

Muslims-only laundrettes make Islam look narrow-minded

Last month reports that a laundrette in the town of Muar in Malaysia was operating a Muslims-only policy went viral. The authorities stepped in and put a stop to the policy, and the owner apologised. According to this report, it then emerged that another laundrette in Perlis, the smallest of the Malaysian states, also barred […]

Devout Muslim, once jailed for rape, found guilty of assault

Soruth Ali, 42, who served a seven-year prison term in the UK for the 1995 rape of a 15-year-old girl when she was in her school uniform, has been jailed for 14 months after he admitted assaulting his daughter and her lover in Manchester. Ali, said to be a “strict” Muslim father, pleaded guilty in […]

Don’t get too excited

Big excitement – we’re told that Saudi Arabia has decided to let women drive. Did you ever hear the like? Next we’ll be told they can actually leave the house without a male guardian. Or at least, we’re told that women will be allowed to get driver’s licences, which of course is not quite the […]

Compulsory hijabs in English schools ‘sexualise’ young girls

The National Secular Society has lodged a complaint with education authorities over the forced wearing of headscarves by girls attending dozens of schools in England. The NSS, according to its website, examined uniform policies on the websites of registered Islamic schools and found that girls potentially as young as four are instructed to wear the […]

Women, having only half the brains of men, shouldn’t drive

If you’re reading this, the world did not, as predicted, end this weekend. Nor, alas, did the stupidity of Muslim clerics, like the unlovely Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, above. According to this report, al-Hajari, the head of the Saudi government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir, recently spoke out against “the evils of allowing […]

Religion impacts negatively on the kindness of youngsters

A new study that shows that children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households reminded me of Ryan Duffey Strode, above, a North Carolina kid who was so filled with the loving spirit of Jesus that he told his headmaster ‘you will go to Hell’. Strode, then aged […]

Hindu woman abducted and forced to marry a Muslim

Arti Kumari Sharma, 20, was allegedly abducted at gunpoint at the weekend in the Khairpur District in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province and forced to marry a Muslim. According to this report, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has called for the immediate release of Sharma, and her uncle, Kishwar Sharma, a Houston resident who escaped religious persecution […]

Cleric links radical Islamists with violence and segregation

Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam, a top Muslim cleric in Indonesia has said. According to this Time report, Yahya Cholil Staquf, 51, above, said: There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus […]

Jewish woman, ‘poisoned’ by bacon, sues Detroit restaurant

An omelet served to Angela Montgomery was supposed to be vegetarian. But when the 30-year-old Jewish woman from Michigan discovered it contained bacon, all hell broke loose. “I’ve been poisoned,” she howled, and filed a lawsuit against a branch of Denny’s. The lawsuit says Montgomery: Is a practicing Jew whose religion forbids the eating of […]