Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
- William Butler Yeats.
Yeah, like whatever because you don’t [...]
Posts under ‘Religion’
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
Our favourite Trainee King is on top simpering form today on his tour of the Middle East. Talking to those lovely chaps in Qatar, he has let it be known that he is so fascinated by Muslim culture that he has been taking lessons in Arabic for the last six months, so that he can [...]
…and another for them.
A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.
I don’t recall that being included in the national curriculum.
Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was [...]
I am no legal expert (”we have noticed Paul”), but I do want to give an hint about what I am on about when I mention the words “Feudal law” or Roman law or modern law - it if be wrong….. well see later for my “get out of jail” card on that.
Before I say [...]
… that your dear blogger here is now an officially ordained minister of religion. Seriously. I mean really seriously. This cost nothing and for $5 I can get a letter of good standing that enables me to conduct marriages in several US states and some European countries (not the UK). Unless the couple are [...]
This started as a comment on this.
I got to about 5 mins too! essentially it seemed to be taking the moral rather than the hard-edge. I personally regard the existence (or otherwise) of God(s) as a genuine philosophical question. By which I mean one with an objective answer*. If we reduce it to a nanny [...]
After the “Joseph” post, a post on Islam.
Not in praise of Islam in today’s context (although some people may see some relevant point), but in the context of the world in which it became important and powerful.
This was not the Classical World - the world of Ancient Greece and the Roman Republic. Where people (in [...]
I do not care if Joseph had a long coat of many colours or a long sleeved coat - he was a very naughty man.
Athiests tend to regard religion as unimportant (some athiests are actually obessed with religion - but they are a weird minority of athiests), but actually it is very important.
For example Marxism has long used the Heaven-on-Earth promise (it is a lot older than Marxism - indeed it is often called “the oldest heresy”) and the [...]
What percentage of the British Public do you think are religious in any meaningful sense of the word? Please specify.
Whilst thinking, some comic relief. It’s Professor Dawkins - it’s what he does.
Anyway, I think it’s a fascinating question and I suspect it hinges on the word “meaningful”. And I guess on how one defines religion. [...]
…the unbridled lust for absolute power.
I first saw the birds flying against the Zulus in the early ’60s (or early ’90s - depending on your view of reality). And I did it, and why not me? I was afterall the President of an English Democratic Empire that spanned three continents (and some strategic offshoots). I [...]
“It was a trivial problem that … occurs every year,” said police Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled al-Tamimi. “Everything is all right and things have returned to normal,” he said. “No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God.”
Men of God very clearly. Some of them were fucking going for it mind!
This statement followed an [...]
Soviet propaganda is not dead: How Max Keiser mixes truth and lies for the new alliance against the West.
People who believe that propaganda is just a stream of lies are mistaken.
Someone might listen to someone who just said nothing but “1+1=190″, “the sky is made of rice pudding”, “the CIA made me kill my children” (and on and on), but they would not listen to such a person EVERY DAY and they would [...]
“Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of the passions”.
“Reason is the slave of the passions” might be interpreted as a cry of despair - a position that human beings could not control themselves, and are the slaves of urges (either instinctive from our biological evolution, or from environmental experiences - the pointless [...]
It comes to a pretty pass when one of our normally saner religious leaders spouts drivel like this. It is almost unfiskable nonsense but once more unto the breach!
Lord Sacks said that advertising only made shoppers aware of what they did not own, rather than feeling grateful for what they have.
Yeah, now I think about [...]
… sounds like the sort of ghastly play (possibly with Daniel Radcliffe in the eponymous role - well the boy wizard did get his wand out in ‘Equus’ on the London stage a bit back) that wins Olivier awards…
Well, as RAB said earlier I have been in Poland so missed the “Cats-astrophy” he mentions [...]