Topic / Judaism

So, which religion is right?

Eighty-four percent of the world’s population (5.8 billion out of 6.9 billion in 2010) are affiliated to one religion in some form. Seventy-seven percent identify themselves as a member of one of the five widely recognised world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. With over 4,300 religions spanning the Earth, how can people be […]

Apostates need support. Help rescue them from religion.

HumanistGlobal.org – the new website of the Brighter Brains Institute that launched the world’s first atheist orphanage in Uganda – is setting up an Apostate Support service. Humanist Global promotes humanism globally and performs charitable deeds that indicate “we don’t need gods to be good”. It is part of the Brighter Brains Institute, a California […]

Rabbi allegedly stole funds from special needs school

Rabbi Osher Eisemann, 60, above, of Lakewood in New Jersey, has been indicted for stealing $630,000 worth of public tuition money from a special needs school that he founded – and used much of the cash to invest in a clothing business. The tuition funds, according to this report, were meant to go towards students […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rabbis appeased – and infant boys suffer the consequences

Several years ago Orthodox Jews in New York city kicked off when an attempt was made to regulate a ‘sacred’ ritual  – metzitzah b’peh – that involved mohels (circumcisers) sucking the penises of newly-mutilated infant boys. A parental consent form was introduced after a number of babies were infected with herpes, but rabbis screamed that […]

Fuck modesty for International Women’s Day on March 8!

Wherever Islamism gains power and influence, it comes for women first. And it’s always a sign of worse to come, hence the saying: ‘the freedom of society is measured by the freedom of women.’ Islamism but also the Christian-Right, Buddhist-Right,  Jewish-Right,  Hindu-Right, Sikh-Right … have turned misogyny into an art form. They police women’s behaviour […]

Common humanity should be at the core of our politics

I was born in Iran; I am a migrant, a refugee. But I am not the “authentic other” that xenophobes love to hate nor am I the “authentic Muslim” promoted by the Islamists. To me, they are two sides of the same coin. In this day and age, migrant or “Muslim” very often automatically equals […]

Orthodox Jewish hooligans create havoc on easyJet flight

Back in 2014, bad behaviour by Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women on planes prompted a pair of American comedians – the Levinson Brothers – to create a spoof safety video about the problem (the picture above is a still from that video). Just how serious the problem has become was […]