Day: December 15, 2014

Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It’s bigoted and Islamophobic.

There’s a certain ritual that each and every one of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It’s a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh […]

#illridewithyou: Australians support Muslim neighbors during Sydney hostage crisis

As the Sydney hostage crisis continues to unfold, thousands of Australians have joined a spontaneous movement of solidarity with the country’s Muslims. Using the hashtag #illridewithyou, people from around the country have offered solidarity (as well as rides) to Muslim Australians who might otherwise feel uncomfortable or unsafe wearing religious […]

Robert Fisk on the CIA ‘torture report’: Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing. Perhaps Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his torturers he could fly through the air

Thank God for Noam Chomsky. Not for his lifetime of eviscerating assaults on our political hypocrisy, but for his linguistics. Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his university linguistics course, where Chomsky’s work first alerted me to the pernicious use of language. Hence I condemn at once […]

Qur’an lesson for today: 320. Commandment – make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you

320. Commandment – make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you   [5:88] O ye who believe! make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, and do not transgress. Surely, Allah loves not the transgressors. [7:33] Say, ‘Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah […]