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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 15, 2010.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Insurance policy is un-Islamic: Deoband
From India Express - the latest from the Deoband seminary.
After its fatwa that working in banks is un-Islamic, the Darul Uloom Deoband has now declared that opting for an insurance policy too went against the tenets of Islam. The "insurance policy is unlawful as it is based on interest and gambling," claimed the fatwa issued by the country's largest Islamic seminary.
The edict issued by Darul Ifta department of Darul Uloom seminary was in response to a query whether it is lawful to take an insurance policy in the light of the Sharia.
Millions of Muslims in India opt for insurance policies which is a contract that pledges payment of an amount to a person assured or his nominee against losses or perils.
Earlier, Darul Uloom had declared the job of writing and calculating interest based work in banks and insurance companies as unlawful. The fatwa was in response to whether Muslims can do job in bank or insurance company.
The recent fatwas have drawn flak from many clerics and progressive leaders.
The seminary had also decreed that it was illegal according to the Sharia or Islamic law for a woman to work and for a family to accept a woman's earnings.
Other Muslim clerics have criticised the seminary for issuing too many fatwas in quick succession and failing to “explain the context in which it is being issued to avoid any confusion.”
Posted on 05/15/2010 2:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Right says Fred Nile, ban the burqa

From The Australian Daily Telegraph, thanks to Dumbledore's Army

THE Reverend Fred Nile will introduce a Bill to parliament calling for a ban on the Islamic burqa head and body veil.  The Christian Democrats MP wants NSW to follow France and other European countries, which have moved to ban women from wearing the full head and body covering in public.

The private member's Bill will likely be introduced next Thursday. "We should establish that in Australia we are an open society, that people don't cover up their faces." Mr Nile said yesterday.

Muslim spokesman Keysar Trad attacked the proposed law, and said it was an attack on women's freedom. "Muslim women will be disgusted, especially that a man who is supposedly a man of God is telling them to remove items of clothing" he said.

Opposition spokeswoman for women Pru Goward said society was split but the burqa did not fit with her view of women's rights in the same way as the overt sexualisation of women at the opposite end of the spectrum."It is very difficult ... everyone has the choice to dress the way they want to. The question is are they dressing like that because they have to or because they feel they have to? You can't answer that question," she said. 

Posted on 05/15/2010 5:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 May 2010
NER 2010 Symposium in Nashville is Just 5 Weeks Away

Our plans are shaping up very nicely. All thirteen speakers are confirmed, the hotel, caterer and security team are ready to go and registrations are trickling in. We still have roughly 25 spaces available, so those of you who are planning to come, you will want to get your registration in soon. The admission fee goes up from $299 to $349 next Thursday. This includes a fully catered reception on the evening of Friday June 18th, where you can socialize with Raphael Israeli, Richard Rubenstein, Ibn Warraq, Nidra Poller, Hugh Fitzgerald, Nonie Darwish, Jerry Gordon and Norman Berdichevsky, not to mention our English contingent, Mary Jackson and Esmerelda Weatherwax. Rumor has it John M. Joyce will be there along with our newest editors, Mark A. Signorelli, DL Adams and Artemis Gordon Glidden.

On Saturday, our breakfast speaker is Richard L. Rubenstein and those of you who were lucky enough to hear him speak last time will not want to miss what he has to say this year. Then I will host the morning panel "Anglospheric Malaise" featuring DL Adams and Mark Signorelli. After lunch Hugh Fitzgerald will be speaking. Our afternoon panel will be hosted by Jerry Gordon "Push Back Against Jihad" and features Nidra Poller, Norman Berdichevsky and Esmerelda Weatherwax. We'll have a break before dinner and then our after dinner speakers will be Mary Jackson, Ibn Warraq, Nonie Darwish and Raphael Israeli.

This is a conference you won't want to miss.

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Posted on 05/15/2010 6:51 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Woman charged with attempted murder of Labour MP Stephen Timms

From The Guardian

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of the Labour MP Stephen Timms, who was stabbed during a constituency surgery in east London.

Roshonara Choudhary, 21, will appear before Stratford magistrates' court on Monday, Scotland Yard said. Choudhary, who is unemployed and from the local area, has also been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon. Two weapons have been recovered.

Timms, a former Treasury minister, was taken to the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel yesterday and was said to be recovering well today following surgery.

The mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said he understood the MP was stabbed during a pre-arranged meeting with a constituent. Sir Robin, who has known Timms for more than 20 years, said he thought the MP "was handling it very well" when he spoke to him last night.

Unmesh Desai, the MP's aide during the general election, said Timms was "obviously shaken" following the incident.

Now this is interesting from the blog of London Muslim, thanks to a source whose privacy I will keep.

The stabbing of Stephen Timms appears from initial reports to have sadly been carried out by a woman who was wearing traditional Muslim clothing and as a result could have been carried out by a Muslim. . . absolutely no excuse for the criminal act that took place . . . However, a number of brothers have contacted me to express disquiet about the manner in which Stephen Timms appears to be playing racial politics within East London. They cite the example of Stephen provocatively installing as his agent Unmesh Desai
a Hindu Councillor in an area with one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. . .
London Muslim intends to keep a closer eye on characters like Unmesh Desai who is no friend of Muslims and to ensure if he begins to try and position himself as a replacement for Timms the Muslim community stop him in his tracks.
Where are the UAF when you need them?

Posted on 05/15/2010 11:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Islam and work

Ever wondered why, when most Muslim countries are poor, their cafés are full of men - young and old - who sit around all day puffing on a hubble bubble?

Wafa Sultan's book A God Who Hates gives the apostate's view of Islam from one who knows it inside out. It is also an Arab's perspective; Sultan observes more than once that Arabs are more steeped in Islam than non-Arab Muslims. One aspect of the Arab mind noted by Rapael Patai is an aversion to manual labour. This has found sanction in Islam, which is, after all, the seventh century Arab mind imposed on all times and places. Sultan writes:

[Islamic] teachings did not emphasize the importance of work. The concept of work in Islam was confined to nomadic migration, raiding, booty and the struggle for survival. Islam promised its followers rivers, fruits, wines and milk, but it did not encourage them to sink wells, grow fruit or raise livestock.

Contrast this with the New Testament, in which people are found fishing (even if they leave their nets), sowing seeds (even if on stony ground), watching their flocks by night (if interrupted by an angel), planting vineyards (even if grudgingly in the case of those hired in the morning), and separating wheat from chaff. Raiding and booty is not part of the picture. The closest the New Testament comes to a raid is the parable of the Good Samaritan. If that story had got in the Koran, the praise would not have gone to the Samaritan who helped the traveller, but to the thieves who attacked and robbed him, and there would have been advice on how to share out the spoils.

Posted on 05/15/2010 8:07 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Posh

Our Government is in the hands of public school nancy boys, laments The Daily Mash:

BRITAIN'S long, national nightmare was over last night as the nation was once again placed in the safe, reliable hands of some vaguely effeminate public school boys.
After three years of being governed by a rough, nasty boy from a state school who shouted at everyone and didn't like custard, Britain wakes up today knowing it could introduce both the prime minister and deputy prime minister to its parents without having to endure an uncomfortable silence as they realised they had nothing in common.

David Cameron met a visibly relieved Queen shortly after 8pm, accepting her invitation to form a government of gentlemen before laughing their heads off about how Gordon Brown used to say 'tea' instead of 'supper'.

The reference to a "state school" is misleading. Kirkcaldy High School, which Brown attended, was an academic hothouse, with rigorous streaming by ability, not so different from a grammar school. However, at 59, Brown is from a generation where social mobility through education was possible. For the under 40s there is little opportunity for such advancement, since most of the grammar schools have been destroyed, and with some exceptions, most comprehensives cannot produce the calibre of candidates required to enter the top universities on merit. Who destroyed the grammar schools? Labour. So whose fault is it that future Governments will be full of posh chaps? Labour's. But isn't Labour the party of the working class? Oh yes, provided they know their place.

Posted on 05/15/2010 8:42 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Right Said Fred

When Dumbledore's Army kindly sent me the story about Revd Fred Nile below she mentioned the old song alluded to in the headline. This was a favourite of mine when I was a child. It was by Bernard Cribbins and was a hit in 1962. Younger readers will know Bernard Cribbens better in his recent role in Doctor Who as Wilfred Mott, grandfather of former companion Donna Noble. There was also a band in the 90s called Right Said Fred, two musclebound brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass who are very active in Gay rights circles.
People often say that Queens Bohemian Rapsody was the first pop video. But look before that we had short films and  animations such as the one here, which I remember watching on Blue Peter. I wanted to embed that here but the code is disabled.

So the next best one available is below.

Posted on 05/15/2010 9:58 AM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
Saturday, 15 May 2010
About the Election

The most significant thing by far about the recent election in Britain was the Conservatives’ failure to win it outright. In an unexpected way, this failure was reassuring.

The Conservatives faced a government that should have been an opposition’s dream. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, owed his position to succession, not to election; he was so lacking in social skills that he had to be taught how to smile, with the natural consequence that, when he did so, he looked like Frankenstein’s monster trying to be agreeable.

It had long been known that Mr. Brown, a former chancellor of the exchequer, was happier with a table of figures than with a roomful of people, but unfortunately nerdishness is not a guarantee of competence. On the contrary, he has presided over what threatens to be the greatest economic disaster in British history, caused largely by his own unfathomable incapacity.

In a handful of years, Mr. Brown has transformed Britain into the Greece of the North Sea (I am not speaking of the Greece of Plato and Aristotle, but of Karamanlis and Papandreou). The public deficit is at unprecedented levels, and by the time I finish writing this article, the country will be a further $60-million in debt, or one dollar for ever man, woman and child.

This vast indebtedness has been written in sand. A former government minister, Lord Walton, admitted that the vast majority of the extra money spent on the National Health Service, the state-organized system of health care, since Labour took office in 1997 has been almost completely wasted. Since that extra money now amounts to $150,000,000,000 per year, this waste alone – without mentioning many other bottomless pits of incompetence that the government has sought to fill – accounts for a very considerable part of a national debt that has doubled in just two years.

You might have supposed, therefore, that the government was a target that no opposition could miss. But David Cameron, the leader of that opposition, contrived to do so. This was because he so self-evidently believed in nothing but office and could therefore criticize the government from no reasonably consistent standpoint.

He was, of course, faced with a political difficulty. During the past 13 years, more than 75 per cent of jobs created in Britain have been in the public sector. An ever-growing percentage of the nominally private sector is now wholly dependent on government patronage or grace and favour. (For example, in a newspaper advertisement, I saw a position, at a salary of more than $120,000, in a privately owned employment agency that specializes in recruitment for the public sector.)

And the real rate of unemployment in Britain, if one includes the people allegedly but not genuinely sick, is something like 15 per cent.

A vast voting bank of people directly or indirectly dependent for their livelihood on government expenditure has been created, deliberately or inadvertently. It is only human nature that many of them would prefer any amount of public debt to a reduction in their own standard of living. A politician dependent on the popular vote would therefore have to principled, courageous and charismatic to persuade these people that the later the inevitable adjustment came, the more painful it would be.

Mr. Cameron is none of the above. He has about as much personal charisma as potato peelings. In place of courage, he has an apparatchik-like ruthlessness within his party. In place of principles, he has personal ambition. The situation calls for something different.

Mr. Cameron is the apotheosis of public relations, the opinion poll made flesh; it is no coincidence, as the Marxists used to say, that his only known employment before entering politics was in that great profession. Compared with mere truth, the focus group has seemed to him a fount of profundity. His conversion to green politics and communitarianism has therefore carried about as much conviction as Hitler’s protestations that he had no more demands to make. If a focus group had told him that the world was rhomboid, he would have made it next week’s policy.

The result is that practically no one voted for him; if anyone put an X on the ballot for a Conservative candidate, it was usually while holding his nose, and voting only against Mr. Brown, certainly not for Mr. Cameron. It turned out that this was not sufficient for the latter to win an absolute majority. Mr. Brown persuaded enough people to follow that great political principle laid down at the end of Jim (in Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children), which is about a boy who was eaten in the zoo by a lion: And always keep a-hold of Nurse/ For fear of finding something worse.

The only consolation to be derived from the election is that, notwithstanding all of the above, millions of people have understood both the appalling incompetence of Mr. Brown and the insufficiency of the focus group as a guide to life. Whether this is enough to fool the markets remains to be seen.

First published in the Globe & Mail

Posted on 05/15/2010 12:03 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Arson attack on Lars Vilk's home

From the Swedish edition of the Local.

Police have launched an investigation into arson after the home in southern Sweden of controversial artist Lars Vilks sustained fire damage on Friday night.

Vilks was not at his home in Nyhamnsläge at the time of the attack. An acquaintance of the artist discovered the damage on Saturday morning. Windows had been smashed, there was minor fire damage to the front of the house and plastic bottles filled with petrol were found inside the property, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad reports.

The artist left the house at 10.30pm on Friday and was not aware of the damage until the morning. “It’s not so pleasant but I’ve become hardened. I get threats all the time but it’s hard to assess what’s behind it.” 

Posted on 05/15/2010 12:37 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Why, oh why?

An Asian woman of any religion or none tried to stab to death Labour MP Stephen Timms.  Why? Was she angry about Gaza? Was her housing benefit late? Had she missed a bus or broken a nail? Mark Steyn tries to join, or as Americans say, connect the dots:

What with the Fort Hood mass murderer, the Christmas Pantybomber and now the Times Square Bomber, you may have noticed a little uptick in attempted terrorist attacks on the U.S. mainland in the last few months.

Rep. Lamar Smith did, and, at the House Judiciary Committee, he was interested to see if the attorney general of the United States thought there might be any factor in common between these perplexingly diverse incidents.

"In the case of all three attempts in the last year, the terrorist attempts, one of which was successful, those individuals have had ties to radical Islam," said Congressman Smith. "Do you feel that these individuals might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam?"

"Because of ... ?"

"Radical Islam," repeated Smith.

"There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these actions," replied Eric Holder noncommittally. "I think you have to look at each individual case."

The congressman tried again. "Yes, but radical Islam could have been one of the reasons?"

"There are a variety of reasons why people ... ."

"But was radical Islam one of them?"

"There are a variety of reasons why people do things," the attorney general said again. "Some of them are potentially religious ... ."

Stuff happens. Hard to say why.

"Okay," said Smith. "But all I'm asking is if you think among those variety of reasons radical Islam might have been one of the reasons that the individuals took the steps that they did."

"You see, you say 'radical Islam,'" objected Holder. "I mean, I think those people who espouse a – a version of Islam that is not ... ."

"Are you uncomfortable attributing any actions to radical Islam?" asked Smith. "It sounds like it."

And so on, and so forth. At Fort Hood, Maj. Hasan jumped on a table and gunned down his comrades while screaming, "Allahu Akbar!", which is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" and an early indicator of pre-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Times Square Bomber, we are assured by The Washington Post, CNN and Newsweek, was upset by foreclosure proceedings on his house. Mortgage-related issues. Nothing to do with months of training at a Taliban camp in Waziristan.

Listening to Attorney General Holder, one is tempted to modify Trotsky:

You may not be interested in Islam but Islam is interested in you. Islam smells weakness at the heart of the West. The post-World War II order is dying: The European Union's decision to toss a trillion dollars to prop up a Greek economic model that guarantees terminal insolvency is merely the latest manifestation of the chronic combination of fiscal profligacy and demographic decline in the West at twilight. Islam is already the biggest supplier of new Europeans and new Canadians, and the fastest-growing demographic in the Western world.

Therefore, it thinks it not unreasonable to shape the character of those societies – not by blowing up buildings and airplanes, but by determining the nature of their relationship to Islam.

You don't say.

Posted on 05/15/2010 1:20 PM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Fire of my nafs

Live well, and don't get your nafs in a twist, says Rasullulah S.A.W. From Khalifah:

Maintaining the correct atmosphere is vital for a Muslim to be able to avoid deviation from the right path. The type of atmosphere that exists amongst some of the youth today is corrupt, where the topics of discussion usually revolve around the opposite sex and ‘showing off' to each other. This type of atmosphere only serves to agitate the nafs of people and can potentially lead them further away from Islam.

It was narrated that the Prophet S.A.W. said, "The example of a good companion in comparison with a bad one is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof." [Bukhari]

Sounds like a no-brainer, unless you're bellowing sweet nothings.

Posted on 05/15/2010 1:53 PM by Mary Jackson

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