In February 2015, Home Secretary Theresa May said ‘ …authorities need to look at the ideology which drives young people to travel abroad and join extremist groups.’
This was in the light of her studied shocked reaction to the fact that three intelligent, apparently well educated, schoolgirls were off to Syria to join Isis as jihadi wives.
Ms May said it was important to look not just at terrorism but ‘extremism across the whole spectrum’.
Did she define which “authorities” should undertake the task? No.
Did she define extremism? No.
Did she define the timescale? No.
Did she define the parameters for such an investigation? No.
So there we are; the usual display of meaningless poppycock presented as “policy” from a government minister.
Here is the answer for Ms May, and all those who still cannot understand the reason for the girls’ travel plans.
This, first suggested some 1,600 years ago by Hypatia of Alexandria (an enlightened teacher of mathematics and philosophy), a few years before she was burned to death by peace loving Christians.
“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”
“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”
In other words, as long as government treats religious faith as a valid subject for educating young minds, the problem will persist.
This wilfull blindness is dangerous for the nation’s children and for our future peace, but it doesn’t upset too many voters – yet.
Can you begin to see faith schools are dangerous and outdated?
Can you see that the treatment of religion as serious subject for young minds is deeply flawed? Once the seeds of ‘faith being a good thing’ are sewn in a young mind, all else follows. Then it is so much easier to present god as an irrefutable fact from which all else follows.
Faith seems to be revered as a worthy mental state when it should be seen for what it is, simply a vain hope based on myth or perhaps a comfort blanket for some.
Are our party politishituns ready to recognise that?
As the old joke goes “Is the Pope a Catholic?” in other words, the answer to the question just asked is Yes, obviously!
Catholic he may be, but Christian? No.
The new PR man at the Vatican, Pope Francis, has made the most ridiculous statement supporting a violent response to those who poke fun at religion.
He would “punch” anyone who mocks the irrational belief in the invisible, whatever variety of religious silliness is being mocked.
This is in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus, his supposed boss (for heaven’s sake ;-0 ) who would,of course, have turned the other cheek.
Pope Francis was talking about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and said that he quite understood the action taken. Unbelievable! (Later, the Vatican tried to soft pedal the idiotic statement, but to no avail.)
The latest Pope has shown us how far from Jesus’ teaching the Roman Catholic church has strayed.
What a silly billy, but thanks for showing yourself up and making the case for atheism and secularism for us!
Paris January 7th was a wake up call to all politicians in the west, and to the vast majority of people who do and say nothing about the slow rise of radical Islam in Europe and Great Britain. Appeasement to the religious vote is no longer acceptable. Radical Islam is being silently and ignorantly supported by moderate Muslims, and by our government’s inaction.
Dave, by all means step up security, but please finally recognise the long term issue that really need to be solved, viz.
ALL religion must be removed from ALL schools.Why? We have seen that many of the atrocities, committed in the name of Islam, have been perpetrated by engineers, doctors and mathematicians educated in the west. How did they become so warped? Religious faith was instilled into young, unformed minds used later by political Islam.
So, the removal of all region from all schools is the only long term solution. Otherwise Islam will triumph on its inevitable slow, but demographically fuelled growth. That is a small price to pay for removing religious funding for Anglicanism, Catholicism etc.
First generation British Muslims came to Britain for safety, jobs and stability. Many of their children have forgotten that, and their parents and grand parents need to stand up for the very British values that are being challenged by their children.
Supreme Court of Wisconsin(Weiss v. District Board, March 18, 1890. )
“There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter into our civil affairs, our government soon would be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed. Those who made our Constitution saw this, and used the most apt and comprehensive language in it to prevent such a catastrophe.”
My long awaited book, “The Normal Curve” has a new name “Bah, Poo & Piffle”. It sums up, in an entirely legal way, my feelings and views on politics, politicians, journalists and the whole 24/7 piffle factory which forms most of the news verbiage today. The book argues that party politics is outdated and explains exactly why politicians are rubbish at decision making. It also makes a few suggestions as to what we should do about the whole system of government from which we currently suffer.
I needed to get the title out in the world before Boris hijacks it, hence the advance notice, the world (and Boris) has been warned!
Sadly, I missed my targeted November 2014 publishing date and therefore the January 2015 Political Book Awards. The insatiable market for political reading fodder leading up to the May 2015 election will just have to make do with the first 3 chapters. I missed my target due to my grade 8 flute exam taking priority over a book that will change the world (ahem). Next May, I am hoping for a minority government as this will be best for the people. Why? Policies will be decided more slowly and one by one as different minorities hold the balance of votes.
Chapters 1, 2 & 3 will start appearing on my blog soon. Don’t worry about missing them, I will let you know when they start appearing. The other 14 chapters are almost there but will take another month or two.
The rest will be e published by some lucky publisher, as yet unnamed (because they all keep saying things like “Go away, who on earth are you?” or “Thank you but your excellent work does not fit our current profile.”) I now know how the Beatles felt when Decca turned them down 😉
Anyway, I wish you all a very Happy New Year of Moaning and groaning at the antics of the political classes.
In the UK we have private schools treated as charities for tax purposes for no good reason that most of us can see. Other than, perhaps, the establishment who made those tax rules to save themselves money on their children’s education. After all, they need to separate their offspring from the great unwashed (that’s you and me if you were wondering) and therefore invented charitable status to protect their socially divisive academies.
We also have a divisive education system that protects religious privilege as if it were something reasonable. Politicians promote these backward ideas as choices, when in fact all they are simply vote grabbing policies used by short sighted party politicians.
Politicians and the social worker intellectual elite dare not stop these retrograde practices because of a) votes and b) misplaced human rights sensitivities (plus that’s where many of them send their kids to schools anyway). As a result, we have Saudi Arabian Wahabbist(1) funded schools promoting primitive cultural differences, with impunity, because our liberal ideologies dare not offend our oil suppliers or provoke a religion so protective of its medieval cultural practices that violent reprisal is quite likely.
The obvious consequence of all this is the increase in Islamic self importance and the attendant religious schisms that are tearing the world apart.
We have politicians trying to make themselves heard by making short term and usually idiotic policy statement because an election is coming up next May.
The latest today is Ed Millibean calling for tax penalties if private schools don’t “do more” for the great unwashed (remember, that’s you and me), when a rational policy would remove tax breaks entirely for private schools and cease any public funding for faith schools immediately.
The lack of firm philosophical backbone in today’s party politicians has rendered the party system completely irrelevant for the issues our society faces today.
The rise of UKIP is a consequence. The UKIP success relies on the ‘none of the above’ vote that we don’t have in our, not-so representative, democracy.
The only way to solve the Islamist agenda is to remove ALL religion from ALL schools. Government should promote and teach secularism and reason based philosophy, encouraging rational debating techniques, in all schools. Childish minds are most susceptible to dogma and therefore should be protected from faith based education at all costs. Religious leaders know that all too well of course…
That will take 50 years to achieve, but only once the changes are made.Since there is no prospect of that happening soon, god help us all ;-(
Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) actor, famous for his role in Lawrence of Arabia
“Question: How do you know you’re God? Answer: Simple. When I pray to him, I find I’m talking to myself.”
(1) Wahabbism is a narrow misogynist, austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies.
Or, if you do then you are wilfully misleading the people you lead and represent.
Obama has just said in his speech last Tuesday night, “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic.” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)
On the face of it, that shows his profound ignorance of the Qur’an and Hadith (supplementary Muslim instructions written after their manual was last updated in 1910). However, he is probably doing what all western politicians are doing, and that is, appeasing Muslim voters.
I am pretty sure that the majority of Muslims are just as peaceful as the majority of other faiths together with we poor old rabid atheists, but until the evil message of 143 suras (verses) of the Qur’an is denied by those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about, but not from, the myth of Islam being a religion of peace will persist. The simple truth is repeated endlessly in Qur’an; the duty of all Muslims is to make the whole world into an Islamic Caliphate, however long it takes.
That is why the popular Saudi cleric Mohammad Al-Areefi sounds like the ISIS army chaplain. The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has).
More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces. In fact, this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world to help build a paradise of repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq. This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas.
Are apostates “innocent”? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Atheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is “no.”
So then “How to fight ISIL”? I can give you the long term answer but a short term response is all that we can expect from the politicians (god help us all! 😉 .
With the rational philosophy of peace based on the European Enlightenment, that’s how! That involves the creation of a secular message being preached from political pulpits and all our school assemblies, in Europe and the USA. It will take 50 years but it is the only answer.
That is what built the American constitution back in 1788 where it separated religion from the politics of government.
I’ll leave you with the words of Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution back in 1979:-
“When anyone studies a little or pays a little attention to the rules of Islamic government, Islamic politics, Islamic society and Islamic economy he will realize that Islam is a very political religion. Anyone who will say that religion is separate from politics is a fool; he does not know Islam or politics.”
Well, he did warn us! A pity our damn stupid politicians dare not listen.
“We’re not afraid of sanctions. We’re not afraid of military invasion. What frightens us is the invasion of western immorality.”
By which he meant, he was fearful of democracy, short skirts, equality for women and therefore the end of male domination over women ratified by the, not so, Holy Qur’an.
Look chaps, when I ascend, the throne that is, I will sort this all out.
I’m sure it’s just a misunderstanding that can be solved by an inter faith dialogue meeting with those those nice people from the Orthodontic Society offering us all herbal teas. (Ed: Sire, do you perhaps mean the Homoeopathic Society? ).
That nice Mr Blair has offered to help too, so at least I will be kept up to date with his good work in Gaza. By the way, “How’s that all going Tony?”
I mean, all these young chaps need is a some jolly good leadership from someone who fully understands them.
It’ll be alright, it really will. Trust me. My dahlias confirm that the astrological portents are all good.
Acknowledgements: One just has to thank that nice Mr Hislop, of Private Eye, for letting one take over the front cover.
Private Eye – probably the best magazine in the world.
Today the government is accepting applications for licenses to explore potential fracking sites. The contracts that will be eventually signed will not contain clauses to clean up contaminated water supplies or clauses insisting upon insurance to be taken out to pay in the event of a natural disaster.
Instead, here is what the government says to fracking companies “when things go wrong”:-
“How operators manage incidents if something goes wrong:-
Operators must prepare a safety document with an assessment of risks and a plan for responding to incidents and emergencies on site.
If the following happens, it must be reported to the HSE(see below):
a blowout (an uncontrolled flow of well fluids)the unplanned use of blowout prevention equipment
the unexpected detection of hydrogen sulphide
failure to maintain minimum separation distance between wells
mechanical failure of any safety critical element of a well
After an incident, the HSE will ensure appropriate investigations are made into the well safety and stability, and that well integrity is restored as necessary.
Operators may then be required to make improvements to their operations.”
The Health & Safety Executive is a not even a part of the government, it is a toothless, powerless quango set up to avoid ministerial responsibility. Well that’s alright then …Un-fracking-believable!
History repeats itself. Strangely though, our politicians cannot see this simple truth and cannot learn from it because it is not in their interests. The history is this – private companies will hardly ever ever pay if they cause pollution or natural disasters. They will either simply go bust and let “we the people” pay or ensure that the contracts they sign with the government do not contain any annoying clauses that may cost them money.
Since the late 1970’s government ministers, of both main parties, have been creating QUasi Non Governmental Organisations to avoid the responsibility which is rightly theirs to bear. Quangos are given the responsibilities which should be shouldered by ministers, because they are not accountable to the people. Ministers can then blame them when things go wrong. Simple eh?
Remember British Nuclear Fuels, our wonderful British nuclear industry “the energy of the future”? If you are under 40 you probably don’t know the sad tale that means that the tax payer is coughing up £’billions into the unforeseeable future to to deal with spent fuel rods from the 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s 1990s 2000s2010s and so on.
The simple, sickening truth is that if the companies who hope to make a profit from fracking were forced to deal with these costs they wouldn’t frack. The real business costs and risks are just too high as we learn from our privatisation history. Well OK, we don’t. Has the government learned anything from the past?
No, since we the people will be paying they are happy to proceed.
It won’t affect the government ministers pensions, the incompetent criminals who let it all happen, because we will be paying those too. Those who keep making these colossal, criminal errors are never held to account!
Here are links to the who is paying for clean-up in the UK and the USA, read and be warned:-
There is currently a daft & pointless row between Michael Gove (Education Secretary) and Theresa May (Home Secretary) about who’s ideas are best to fight ‘religious extremism’ in schools.
They have not, and cannot, define extremism, yet the ill-defined argument nevertheless rages in the “poli-news”*1
Both want to gain credit for “fighting extremism” in the wake of the UKIP earthquake, which has woken up the Tories, if not Cleggy and Millibean!
This is a further example of how our party political leaders suffer from a lack of philosophical clarity & backbone. In meBook I explain that a better way forward for British society can only be met by the removal of the useless party political system, but anyway, back to the issue.
The real question for debate is “Why have primitive cultural practices have been allowed to multiply in our schools?” These practices*3 separate the children of Muslim parents from mainstream British society, are socially divisive and create the breeding ground for a future home grown Islamic jihad of terrifying scale.
A deeply mistaken, and socially divisive pandering to Muslim religious sensitivities is shared by all three main political parties and it all started with Blair’s damned academies.
The unpleasant truth is that many British parents are hypocrites and indirectly and unwittingly provide support for an Islamic extremist future. They send their children to Christian / Jewish faith schools simply because they promote better discipline and, as a result, have quieter classrooms and as a result, better exam results. This is all done under the pretence that they are practising Christians or Jews. Once upon a time we had little to worry about the gentle C of E schools and the slightly more rabid Roman Catholic Schools.
But now, this new tranche of Muslim faith schools are effectively destroying a traditional British identity that took a thousand years to form. I know it’s not perfect, but it is the best set of cultural practices to be found anywhere in the world, and it is being destroyed in a matter of decades by our idiotic party political leaders.
Why? Because party politicians:-
a) dare not risk losing any faith vote
b) are completely at a loss how to deal with this “sensitive” issue
c) dare not appear to be “racist*2”
d) dare not face up to primitive cultural practices because of their fear of violence from our ever increasing Muslim population.
But, now we are faced with a serious and growing threat to traditional British values from 7th century Islam which has to be addressed by an enlightened government.
Hypatia of Alexandia(370 – 415 A.D.) understood the threat of violent extremism caused by teaching the young mind religious dogma as truth:-
“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain, and perhaps tragedy, can he be later relieved of them. Men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth, often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”
The solution is simple, painful but entirely necessary.
Cease public funding for ALL faith schools and slowly change them all to a secular4 ethos but including the missing discipline regimes.
Religion should play no part in a child’s education and Britain should adopt the French Secularism charter which is now established in all French, publicly funded, schools.
The only way forward is a secular and philosophical based government who have the best interests of the whole population of Britain at heart. Those people who have a faith based lifestyle can continue with it, but not in national state funded schools.
*1 poli-news is my term for the discussion in the media of the politics of the problem rather than the issue itself.
*2 There is no definition of the term ‘racist’ in the Oxford English dictionary, yet the word is used everywhere to mean almost anything.
*3 practices include separating boys from girls; divisive cultural clothing practices (hijab, Burkha etc.); separation of children, whose parents are Muslim, from the rest of British society; refusal to teach aspects of science because they challenge religious texts! )
*4 secular; the separation of religious belief from any national, publicly funded institution; i.e. government, the legal system and education.