Here are the Blogs in the Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 2 July 2016
by Hugh Fitzgerald
In the pages of Foreign Policy (a publication as “elite’ as all get-out), James Traub argues, with a stab at comic cliché reversal, that in the Western world “it’s time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses.” For it is those “ignorant masses” that voted for Brexit ...Read More...
Posted on 07/02/2016 7:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 1 July 2016
by Hugh Fitzgerald
On April 22, at the Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach, California, seated at one of the most desirable tables – that is, those on the outside patio, in the very front, with the unobstructed view of the beach — seven Muslim women, all wearing hijabs, talked and dallied. On their table, ...Read More...
Posted on 07/01/2016 7:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 16 June 2016
by Hugh Fitzgerald
And let me make a final point. For a while now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize the administration and me for not using the phrase “radical Islam.” That’s the key, they tell us. We ...Read More...
Posted on 06/16/2016 1:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 12 June 2016
by Hugh Fitzgerald
An Australian researcher, Charles Miller, has just published a report on the effect of cultural sensitivity training, intended to improve attitudes toward Muslims among members of the Australian Defense Forces.
The study was conducted in a way that preserved the anonymity of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/12/2016 7:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 9 June 2016
by Hugh Fitzgerald
Why is it that Western politicians, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and David Cameron, think they must send out messages of such heartfelt solidarity to the world’s Muslims on Ramadan? Of course they send out messages as well for Diwali (Hindus and Buddhists), Passover ...Read More...
Posted on 06/09/2016 7:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 6 June 2016
In Japan, concerned about “anti-Muslim hostility,” some teachers have had the bright idea of having their pupils “learn about Islam” by visiting the main mosque in Tokyo. Of course, they must have thought, what better way to have their students get an “unbiased glimpse of Islam” than to visit a mosque, ...Read More...
Posted on 06/06/2016 7:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
The other day, in Melbourne, an anti-Islam rally was announced by the United Patriotic Front, and, in immediate response, a counter-rally was quickly organized, to be held at the same time, and same place, by a group of assorted leftists eager to confront the anti-Islam group. It was billed as the “No ...Read More...
Posted on 06/01/2016 6:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Sometimes it’s the little things that are most telling. In Switzerland it has long been customary for students to shake the hands of their teachers at the beginning and end of the school day. It’s a sign of solidarity and mutual respect between teacher and pupil, one that is thought to encourage the ...Read More...
Posted on 05/28/2016 7:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 20 May 2016
Pope Francis continues to astonish. He has just said, in an interview with the French Catholic paper La Croix, that “the idea of conquest is inherent to the soul of Islam.” As far as his understanding of Islam goes, this is a marked improvement over his disturbing statement, back in November 2013, that ...Read More...
Posted on 05/20/2016 7:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 16 May 2016
The new golden boy of multicultural politics and Moderate Islam, Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, fresh from his electoral triumph, told an interviewer on May 13 that he would like to “educate” Donald Trump about Islam. Certainly Trump, like many of those who oppose him, could stand to be educated about ...Read More...
Posted on 05/16/2016 10:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 May 2016
The Charlemagne Prize, awarded by the city of Aachen for services furthering the unity of Europe, was given this year to Pope Francis. His address upon receiving the prize is one more example of his inability to recognize, or possibly of his feeling compelled not to acknowledge, the real effect of Muslim ...Read More...
Posted on 05/13/2016 1:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 8 May 2016
“In its latest bid to tackle the biggest migration crisis since World War II, the European Commission proposed making countries pay a ‘solidarity contribution’ of 250,000 ($290,000) euros per refugee they decline to take.”—from a May 4 news report
This extraordinary news shows how far the European ...Read More...
Posted on 05/08/2016 7:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The other day on NPR I heard John Shattuck, a former ambassador to Czechoslovakia and now the President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, declare the need for the United States to help more with the “refugee crisis” in Europe which, he said, threatened to break Europe apart.
His ...Read More...
Posted on 05/04/2016 6:56 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 1 May 2016
In France, the Muslim owner of a Bordeaux grocery store has just been given a fine and a two-month jail sentence for having posted a notice on his shop window assigning different shopping days for men and women. How terrible it would be, many devout Muslims apparently feel, if a man and ...Read More...
Posted on 05/01/2016 5:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Miroslav Volf has for two decades been a leader in the interfaith healing industry; he founded and directs the Yale Center For Faith and Culture. His specialty is proclaiming that Christians and Muslims “worship the same god,” even though, apparently, this conclusion is based on a distinctly one-sided ...Read More...
Posted on 04/19/2016 7:59 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 16 April 2016
A piece in The New York Times (April 7, 2016), about Muslims in Brussels, reported the views of city official Yves Goldstein. The original text is offered (in blockquotes), with interpolated suggested edits (not blockquoted), by way of a taking-to-task rewrite:
BRUSSELS — Yves Goldstein makes no ...Read More...
Posted on 04/16/2016 8:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 11 April 2016
Professor Emeritus Dr Omar Farouk Sheikh Ahmad is a professor at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia. The current state and status of Islam in the world worries him. For Dr. Ahmad is a devout Muslim, but instead of denying the many attacks by ...Read More...
Posted on 04/11/2016 6:43 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Several days ago Robert Spencer posted the photograph of a sign advertising a Muslim propaganda meeting, as part of a college-campus “Islam Awareness Week,” to which someone had helpfully added the annotation “Sura 9:5.” This cryptic addition directed would-be visitors to Qur’an 9:5, the “Verse of the ...Read More...
Posted on 04/07/2016 6:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 3 April 2016
Back in January, at a press conference with David Cameron, Barack Obama delivered himself of some thoughts on how Europe should deal with its Muslim problem. He claimed that the United States had had “more success” than others in “integrating minorities,” and that “our biggest advantage, major, is that ...Read More...
Posted on 04/03/2016 8:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 1 April 2016
Two Muslim comics – Negin Farsad and the egregious Dean Obeidallah — are apparently behind the campaign of Muslim propaganda posters, “Facts About Muslims,” that have been put up in 140 stations of the New York City subway system. “We wanted to do things that ranged from being informative—like ‘Muslims ...Read More...
Posted on 04/01/2016 5:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 25 March 2016
“So many times I passed by these locations. Why do they hate us so much?” asked Franziska Brantner, a German Green MP and former member of the European Parliament, on Twitter (about the attacks in Brussels).
Do you remember Michael Scheuer, that obsessively anti-Israel former “bin Laden desk” expert ...Read More...
Posted on 03/25/2016 4:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 24 March 2016
“Faith Presbyterian Church and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community host program in Indianapolis to fight fear of Islamic faith with knowledge.” So says the article “What you need to know about ISIS and Islam,” Olivia Lewis, Indianapolis Star, March 19, 2016:
The best way to disband fear is to educate, said ...Read More...
Posted on 03/24/2016 8:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 17 March 2016
“Yet most Muslims do not commit acts of violence. If Islam is intrinsically violent then roughly a billion believers either do not understand their own religion, or are too cowardly or unfaithful to follow its precepts. That is my sarcasm but, indeed, this is what violent Islamists say.” — From this ...Read More...
Posted on 03/17/2016 7:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Jonathan Power, a well-known foreign-affairs columnist for the past 30 years, whose work now appears in 40 papers, has latterly become a prominent Defender of the Faith (that faith being Islam), and has just produced one more of those bizarre defenses of Islam that we long-suffering Infidels keep receiving, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/12/2016 5:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Here is an exchange between Todd Caldecott and Max Rodenbeck in the Letters Column of The New York Review of Books, on the latter’s claim (in a previously-published review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation) that the Muslim practice of forced conversion was “historically rare” ...Read More...
Posted on 03/08/2016 9:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald