Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Quran – Polysemous or Duplicitous?

I’d like to address the bull shit that is passed off as reasons for thinking the Quran is a fine book, that it represents a religion of peace, that it’s all for freeing slaves, that blah blah blah … you know the score.

As an example, I’ll use a recent comment made to excuse Islam and the Quran. Continue reading The Quran – Polysemous or Duplicitous?

Denise Cummins – Would You Trust Her?

This is the TL;DR summary of Cummins at work. Full details here.

  1. Cummins writes an article I think misrepresents Bloom.
  2. I criticise that, I think without hysteria. I don’t especially make Blooms case, but point out what I see as a misreading of it. I even open with a questioning stance, in case I’m missing something.
  3. Cummins responds with what I think is fair to call an overly defensive moralising agenda driven reply with what amounts to the accusations of immoral motives for criticising empathy; a non-too-well disguised ad hominem loaded comment. She responds in a similar fashion to others, more condescendingly to some.
  4. I call out her rhetoric in a follow up comment.
  5. Cummins deletes that comment of mine.
  6. Cummins doctors her comment to remove much of the ad hominem content.
  7. I comment on the doctoring, in the comment stream. That comment soon vanishes.
  8. I write again, this time sticking to the points about Bloom, addressing the doctored comments in 6.
  9. Cummins responds calling my now vanished comments ‘hysterical rants’, citing a ‘normative’ comment policy that she doesn’t stick to herself.
  10. Cummins closes comments.

That smacks of intellectual dishonesty to me. Continue reading Denise Cummins – Would You Trust Her?

Islam – A Breakdown

The lack of an authoritative source, other than the texts, makes pretty much anyone a specialist on Islam, and at the very same time an ignorant fool. Don’t worry, the irony of me presenting a breakdown of Islam isn’t lost on me. Islam is a crazy world. Welcome to it. No. really, you’re welcome to it.

A question put to me has finally prompted me to write this post, because the inevitable demand for a ‘brief’ explanation of my view simply cannot be met:

On the one hand you say you understand the difference between Islam and Islamism. On the other you speak about “Islam” as if it is a violent ideology that compels its followers to violence — as if there is no difference between Islamism and Islam. I’m confused.

What follows is a convenient reference. It’s a simplistic breakdown of Islam from my point of view.
Continue reading Islam – A Breakdown

Islam – Violent Ideology

Islam is a violent ideology that compels Muslims to violence – just not all the time and against all people, and this is where apparent contradictions come in. They seem like contradictions only if you buy into the sales pitch that Islam is a religion of peace.

The inerrancy of the Quran is explicit and accepted by all Muslims I’ve ever come across and read about – except for reformists. And some sects of Islam, like Ahmadiyya, emphasise peace more than others.

Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden – Not a liberal Muslim

Continue reading Islam – Violent Ideology