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Engage – Daily Mail reports that halal meat rejected in Parliament restaurants and cafes
“There is little doubt that articles such as this one and those that have preceded it are there to give fuel to anti-Muslim sentiment by peddling the idea that Islam is a barbaric religion and that Britain is slowly being Islamised.”
Whatever could have put the racially aggravated islamophobic thought crime into peoples minds that islam is a barbaric religion and that Britain is slowly being islamised?
Thanks for the ‘New Oxonian’ link webmaster – rjhoffman as contrarian and yet readable as ever!
I have just read his most recent post ‘What an Unbeliever believes’, and it so accurately encapsulates my views that I find myself wishing I had the literary powers to express myself so clearly – but then, he is an academic, and his speciality is the history of religion, so maybe I’ll forgive myself. I’m also relieved that after a series of rants about others lack of vision, he concisely explains his own position.
The point that comes through time and again in his posts is that although he does not believe in God or gods, he understands the very significant role religion has played and continues to play in shaping our lives, and he bemoans the simplistic and often mistaken views expressed by so-called ‘New Atheists’. I do so agree that their often abrasive style is unhelpful to greater clarity and understanding, (to say the least), and it frequently tends to ‘dumb down’ the argument.
“I find myself wishing I had the literary powers to express myself so clearly …”
Just having basic literacy skills would be fine then my comments would not read like they are confused and harsh – just write it and hope the reader will compensate for the bad literacy, feel free to correct this.
I agree webmaster. But maybe he encourages the ‘New Atheists’ to dislike him. He certainly berates them at every opportunity, and roundly criticises them for their lack of intellectual clout. Maybe as an academic that’s what floats his boat…
Yes. We are all trying to make our points in the best way we can, but the written word imposes great limitations on our understanding of each other. There’s really no substitute for face to face dialogue. I think we might all be surprised at the misconceptions we have built about each other.
I remember being shocked when I first saw a picture of one of my favourite radio presenters. He looked absolutely nothing like I had imagined him, and it adversely affected my whole view of him for quite a while! We are such strange creatures!
Oh wow, I’m glad to hear that actually, some folk were really shocked and most of it seemed to revolve around that fact that they thought I was really old! It seems that in some way I seem to give this impression in my writing. I don’t know how but there you go.