Here are the Blogs in the 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
Monday, 7 March 2016
Hasan Azad (a doctoral candidate at Columbia in Islamic Studies) and Thomas Beale (an “e-health expert, platform technologist, and e-community builder”) recently discussed – in a solemn and turgid “exchange” for the benefit of readers of The Islamic Monthly – the momentous question of whether “Islamophobia ...Read More...
Posted on 03/07/2016 6:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 3 March 2016
In Argentina, in the time of the right-wing generals, many Argentinians were made to “disappear” – that is, they were killed for their political views, often in such grisly ways as being thrown out of airplanes. They became known, in Spanish, as “los desaparecidos” (“the disappeared ones”). But there ...Read More...
Posted on 03/03/2016 5:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 29 February 2016
“Veterans, troubled by rhetoric, rally support of Muslims” reads the headline to a story in the print edition of today’s Boston Sunday Globe (online yesterday it was “Local veterans hold rally in support of Muslims.”) It described a group, Veterans for Peace, that felt it simply had to stand up on behalf ...Read More...
Posted on 02/29/2016 7:05 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Saudi spokesmen made three significant – even stunning –announcements last week. The first one came from the Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, speaking to oil company executives at a meeting in Houston. He announced that Saudi Arabia was going to break completely with its past policy, would no ...Read More...
Posted on 02/28/2016 5:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
From Saudi Arabia comes the news that the mutaween, the feared religious police under the control of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, who patrol the streets and regulate the daily life of the populace, are now being given five-day courses in how to recognize, and ...Read More...
Posted on 02/24/2016 5:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
TRUMP: Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake. All right? Now, you can take it any way you want, and it took — it took Jeb Bush, if you remember at the beginning of his announcement, when he announced for president, it took him five days…..
–at the Republican ...Read More...
Posted on 02/16/2016 7:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 13 February 2016
On February 10th, NPR ran a piece about the murders of three people — all Muslims — in Chapel Hill, North Carolina exactly one year before. The murderer was Craig Hicks, who lived in the same apartment complex as the victims. Investigation of his Facebook page showed conclusively that Hicks leaned to ...Read More...
Posted on 02/13/2016 5:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 11 February 2016
For quite some time, now, Israel has been out of the headlines. There’s been so much else going on in the Middle East and in the wonderful world of Islam. Among the dizzying vicissitudes, in Iraq and Syria we’ve had nonstop news about many different little wars, involving Sunnis and Shi’a, and regime ...Read More...
Posted on 02/11/2016 6:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald