Islam

Ban the burqa

and she can't be called racist

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A Muslim member of the French government has backed a court's decision to deny citizenship to a Moroccan woman who wears the burqa. See here.
Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara said she hoped last month's ruling would "dissuade certain fanatics from imposing the burqa on their wives". "The burqa is a prison, it's a straightjacket," she told Le Parisien. "It is not a religious insignia but the insignia of a totalitarian political project that advocates inequality between the sexes and which is totally devoid of democracy."
This is one of those rare cases where EU harmonisation would be a good thing. The niqab and burqa could be banned in enclosed public places and nationality denied to those wearing the garment.
Though, no doubt the feminist 'sisters' would protest - saying that it's a woman's right to choose to be oppressed.

The reasons for the fourth Anglo-Afghan war - discuss

A level - general studies

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The image shows the painting - Remnants of an Army' by Elizabeth Butler portraying William Brydon arriving at the gates of Jalalabad as the only survivor of a 16,500 strong evacuation from Kabul in January 1842.

Afghanistan now provides the 90% of the world's opium and 80% of the world's heroin. In the 10 years since 1996 the output has trebled. The farmers receive a tiny percentage of what the traffickers get so even when growing poppy they are not growing rich. Without this crop they can survive only with difficulty. The Independent tells us here
that - The governor of Helmand, Engineer Mohammed Daoud, claims to have eradicated 7,000 hectares of poppy this year. But even that modest claim is disputed."The real figure is about 1,000 hectares," one Western source said. "The district elders just followed the eradication teams around handing out wads of money. Sometimes the teams just drove a single tractor through the field and announced that they had eradicated it."

Counter terrorism- West Midlands style.

In the lap of the gods.

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The Kafkaesque attempt by the West Midlands Police (WMP) to prosecute Channel 4 for 'inciting racial hatred' has become a sick joke. Channel 4 portrayed rabble rousing imams railing against kuffaars, homosexuals, jews and women and spitting hatred of almost everything yet the WMP decided to back the imams. Channel 4 sued the West Midlands' Police force, and was awarded £100,000 which they are to give to charity. The West Midlands taxpayer will also have to pay for all the money spent on the 8 month investigation and legal fees. The Dispatches documentary 'undercover mosque' was an incredibly frightening portrait of how our police forces have let us down.

Islam lite

Could humour bring an Islamic Enlightenment?

Iraqis are posting dozens of YouTube 'blooper' videos. My favourite is that of Moqtada al-Sadr as the chief penguin in the film Little Feet, dancing to music from Mahdi army rallies. The Danish National Library is also helping to lighten the Islamic mood by stating that it intends to archive the Danish cartoons as they are of historic value and several museums wish to host exhibitions. Amazingly the Muslim spokesman who led the campaign against the cartoons, which resulted in 100 deaths worldwide, now says the 'provocation' would be ignored. Humour and common sense could save the world.( However the spokesman's friends have now been rioting for six days after a cartoon was reprinted so perhaps not.)

Public benefit or private gain?

Tax relief for sharia?

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Dr.Suhaib Hasan is a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain on issues of sharia law. He would like to introduce sharia law into Britain and feels that :" If sharia law is implemented, then you can turn this country into a haven of peace because once a thief's hand is cut off nobody is going to steal" and "Once, just once, if an adulterer is stoned nobody is going to commit this crime at all." Now, he is stating his mad opinion and he is entitled to do so as we still have a semblance of free speech in Britain. However, the Muslim Council of Britain is a registered charity and, as such, gets tax relief. Should be be promoting such views in this way?

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