Abortion bans trample on the religious freedom of Muslims, too. There is not just one sharia rule on abortion. There are many. As Islamic law expert Abed Awad and Imam Omar Suleiman have pointed out, different Islamic schools of thought have different rules on whether and when one can have an abortion. Among them are: abortion is permissible through the first 120 days of pregnancy... an exception exists in every Islamic legal school (if the life or health of the mother is at risk,) regardless of the timing. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, San Francisco Chronicle June 23, 2022
The Koran has nothing to say about aborting a fetus. Schools of Islamic Law that allow abortion after fertilization, such as the 120 days quoted, rely on what the Prophet said about when a fetus is ensouled.
Allah's Apostle, the truthful and truly-inspired, said, "Each one of you collected in the womb of his mother for forty days, and then turns into a clot for an equal period (of forty days) and turns into a piece of flesh for a similar period (of forty days) and then Allah sends an angel and orders him to write four things, i.e. his provision, his age, and whether he will be of the wretched or the blessed (in the Hereafter). Then the soul is breathed into him."
Buzz Lightyear film featuring same-sex couple will not play in 14 countries CBC June 14, 2022
And in the hadiths where Muhammad orders a man to be stoned for illegal intercouse he goes to great lenghts to confirm that there was actual penetration.
India facing accusations of blasphemy after top officials make insulting remarks about Islam, Prophet Muhammad The anger has been growing since last week after the two spokespeople, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, made speculative remarks that were seen as insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha. CBC June 6, 2022
The man whom the believers consider the embodiment of the perfect human being whose example is be emulated as closely as possible is very much the source of what, even when not taken out of context, could be perceived as insulting to him and to his child bride Aisha. What could Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jinda have said that could be more outrageous than the truth largely revealed by the child he married after he passed away? A sample:
Grenoble: topless bathing and burkini authorised in municipal pools TheMayor, May 17, 2022
Women of Grenoble will now be able to bathe in the city's public pools fully dressed or with nothing on except for a bikini bottom in a controversial decision that avoided making the issue about religion but about a women's right to show as much or as little skin as she wants when bathing in public. Barring your breasts in public was something Arab women used to do before Islam.
Bob: WOW! Arab women showing their boobs in public.
Uzza: Arab women, before Islam, were not the dominated prudes you see today. Before Islam, Arab women were very much spirited partners of the men they married.
Gerry: What a modern outlook.
Uzza: The Arab men and women of what Islam calls the Age of Ignorance, before Allah sent the Book to Muhammad, were modern before modern became a dirty word.
Archie: From women who bared their breasts in defiance, to women who won't bare their nose to sneeze.
Excerpt from Remembering Uzza: Overkill Becomes the Norm
Taliban to force Afghan women to wear face veil Any woman who refuses to comply and ignores official warnings to male members of her family could see a male guardian jailed for three days. BBC May 7, 2022
The women of Afghanistan are not only to become invisible but also TO BE BRUTALIZED LIKE NEVER BEFORE. Their guardian (husband, father, brother, uncle), to avoid jail, will beat them into submission, as is their God-given right.
4:34 Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made some of them excel the others, and because they spend some of their wealth. Hence righteous women are obedient, guarding the unseen which Allah has guarded. And those of them that you fear might rebel, admonish them and abandon them in their beds and beat them. Should they obey you, do not seek a way of harming them; for Allah is Sublime and Great!
The head covering, e.g., hijab may be about piety but the face-covering veil means nothing of the kind. It was decreed by Muhammad to conceal a woman's identity when she had to answer the call of nature in a common area of Medina frequented by both men and women.
Maamoul: A sweet celebration for Christians and Muslims. Maamoul is made at the end of both Lent and Ramadan, leading up to Easter and Eid al Fitr. But this year, the biscuit is extra sweet as both religions celebrate it at the same time. BBC, April 14, 2022
If Muslims cannot enjoy a nice glass of white wine with their maamoul, don't blame Muhammad, blame Umar.
China’s promotion of Russian disinformation indicates where its loyalties lie CNN Mar 10, 2022
It is obvious that Putin and Xi have an agreement: you support my oppression of the Ukrainian people and I will support your oppression of the Taiwanese when the time comes.
Allah does not like the oppressors. Muslims who fight on behalf of Russia against Ukraine and Muslims who will fight for China when it invades Taiwan are going to Hell. "Helping the oppressors" is the 30th of the fifty grave sins, sins where the sinner is guaranteed to burn in Hell for an eternity.
Muslims who don’t help Ukraine fight off its oppressor if they are able to do so, and Muslims who will be in a position to help Taiwan fight off its oppressor when the time comes, but fail to come to its aid, are all going to Hell. Not helping the oppressed is the 31st of the fifty grave sins. You have been warned!
ZARQA tells the story of a Muslim divorcee looking for revenge. Little Mosque on the Prairie creator is back with a web series many can relate to. CBC May 13, 2022
Little Mosque was both an insider joke and a polished piece of propaganda. Expect no less from Zarqa. Before watching Zarqa I would recommend you read Remembering Uzza - If Islam Was Explained To Me in A Pub, a play about a dystopian future where a young Muslim woman goes to a bar to reflect on her impending arranged marriage and ends up explaining what Islam is all about to patrons and a no-nonsense bartender (all based on real people) so that you will know when you are the butt of a joke.
Dozens arrested at Sweden riots sparked by planned Quran burnings Saudi Arabia has condemned what it called the "deliberate abuse of the holy Quran by some extremists in Sweden, and provocation and incitement against Muslims". BBC April 18, 2022
People in Canada have never burnt, to my knowledge, the Koran but have trampled its pages in protest at what is contained in the Saudi sponsored translation of the Koran.
National Muslim charity launching legal challenge of CRA audit [of its operations], calling it Islamophobic The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) plans to serve the government with its formal legal challenge today. CBC April 13, 2022
Islamophobia: an accusation for all occasions.
RCMP forms task force to create national hate crimes policing standards... Mohammed Hashim the executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation [and advocate for Canada’s Muslim communities] will co-chair the task force. Globe and Mail, Mar 22, 2022
Islam is not a race but a religion. That distinction is increasingly being blurred by Islamists who see it to their advantage to label criticism of Islam as being racially motivated therefore subject to official scrutiny and prosecution. I trust the RCMP will appreciate the difference should recommendations be made that have more to do with protecting Islam from criticism than improve policing of race related offences.
Chelsea teacher reassigned due to her hijab overwhelmed by public support Ottawa Citizen, Dec 9, 2021
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F1 driver says 'what happens in Alberta is a crime,' feels responsibility to speak about climate change CBC June 17, 2022
Are we toast?
Immigration minister says he's working on a faster path to permanence for temporary residents The federal government set a goal of accepting 432,000 newcomers this year alone. Fraser said his department is ahead of schedule, despite the pandemic. CBC June 12, 2022
An uncomfortable truth:
U.S. Senator: Canada's a freeloader on defence and it's getting tiring
CBC May 10, 2022
TOPICS FOR A CONVERSATION
Any study beside that of the Quran is a distraction, except the Hadiths and jurisprudence in the religion. Knowledge is what He [Muhammad] narrated to us, and anything other than that is the whispering of the Satan. Al-Qaeda
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking 1942-2018
The world desperately needs to have an honest conversation about Islam, as I have tried to have with my books, comments and essays.
ENDING THE SCOURGE OF THE GULLIBLE SUICIDE BOMBER
We could seriously suppress the scourge of the male suicide bomber if we told them the truth about what should be a deal-breaker: sex in Paradise is a semenless experience. As to young women contemplating martyrdom in Allah's Cause, it's also not worth it. And, if you are a teenaged girl enamored with the idea of sharing a bed with the ultimate bad boy, read this first.
WHAT THE KORAN HAS TO SAY ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND JEWS AND THEIR SCRIPTURES
The Koran was sent, in part, to correct alleged errors in the Torah and the Gospels therefore it has a lot to say about both. Any discussions about Islam must include a conversation about these corrections, which are not insignificant. Read Shared Prophets and start talking!
Gerry: So you agree that Islamophobia is real.
Uzza: A fear of Islam is real, and it is not a phobia, as Islamists and their patsies would have you believe.
Gerry: By patsies, you mean politicians?
Uzza: And well-meaning people who don't know any better. A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear. Fear is what non-believers who get close and personal with the Koran and Allah’s unrestrained visceral hatred and cruelty for their kind will experience, for that is the intent.
It is a fear nourished and amplified by the Author’s demands of believers when it comes to dealing with those for whom He has nothing but contempt: from avoiding them, to enslaving them, to killing them. Fear is what terrorism in the name of Allah is all about.
Instead of dealing with this fear in a forthright manner, Western governments preferred spreading the Islamic slander that a fear of Islam is an irrational fear, that of Islamophobia, or worse, racism, as if Islam was a race and not a religion.
From The Enemy Within, Remembering Uzza - If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub:
Islamophobia can also be described as a rational fear of the irrational. The most visible manifestation of this fear inducing irrationality is the believer who seeks martyrdom in suicidal attacks because of what is written in a book in Paradise whose contents were revealed by a man who claimed to be an intimate of the Author.
An Islamophobe would never have abandoned the women and girls of Islam to a predictable, deplorable fate.
House passes Ilhan Omar's legislation to combat Islamophobia CNN Dec. 14, 2021
Legislation to combat a manufactured phobia (see above) is a thinly disguised assault on freedom of speech meant to shield Islam from criticism. Long before accusations of Islamophobia became fashionable, the Arab League has been trying to do at the United Nations what Democratic Rep. Omar, riding a wave of Islamophilia among Democrats, hopes to accomplish in Congress. If she is successful it will be a disaster for freedom of speech and expression everywhere.
Islamophilia is most often a love borne out of ignorance. Just like everything else in life, we should be careful about who or what we fall in love with.
Is God a racist? How should the fact that only white and dark-skinned people whose epidermis Allah will have whitened be allowed into Paradise be interpreted?
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND SCRIPTURES
As human beings we have a right, and as citizens of a democracy an obligation, to express an opinion on issues affecting our lives and the lives of our countrymen and women. That right, that obligation must include questioning religious dogma. Of all human endeavors religion has the greatest potential to change our lives for better or for worse. By giving all citizens the freedom to question the authenticity, the relevancy, the meaning and application of scriptures we guard against the worst.
Nora AlMatrooshi is the first female Arab astronaut. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be sending a Muslim woman into space to join other women and men on the International Space Station. Afghanistan won't let them out of the house, while The Islamic State burns them alive, just like Allah will.
At least 31 people have been killed in central Mali after militants attacked a bus carrying civilians to a market. Gunmen opened fire and killed the driver, before setting the bus on fire. Most of the victims were women who were on their way to work at the market. Graphic images on social media showed the smouldering frame of the bus filled with bodies
BBC Dec 4, 2021
Afghanistan: Executions will return, says senior Taliban official "In our Sharia it's clear, for those who have sex and are unmarried, whether it's a girl or a boy, the punishment is 100 lashes in public," Taliban judge, Haji Badruddin said. "But for anyone who's married, they have to be stoned to death." BBC Sept 24, 2021
The Garment is the Message
Hijab protests spread in India as girls refuse to be told what not to wear [in class] CNN Feb 10, 2021
Islam is a supremacist religion. A female believer who insist on wearing traditional Islamic garb, such as the hijab, in an ostensibly secular environment, will implicitly, if not explicitly, compromise the space while impressing upon non-Muslims that she is superior to them in belief. They are all going to Hell and she is going to Paradise.
3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
Sharia courts in India have ruled that covering your head is a not a requirement of the faith, perhaps because it is not mentioned in the Koran. In that book, it's all about covering your bosom, not your head; and it's about serving men whom your husband is entertaining behind a curtain (the niqab is, in essence, a woman's wearable curtain), so as to avoid them gawking at his wives. In the hadiths, it's about answering the call of nature with men in the vicinity.
Wearing the hijab is in keeping with Tariq Ramadan's exhortation to believing women to invade the public space dressed in traditional Islamic garbs as a part of a campaign to swamp the West with surreptitious advertising for the religion that hates them. Females on parade concealing the encroachment on the secular of an intolerant ideology.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL
"It is only by teaching children to question the validity of scriptures that we protect them from being influenced by fundamentalist doctrines. It is precisely the lack of critical thinking (when it comes to scriptures) which leads to radicalism." André Gagné
"Tolerance and respect are empty virtues until we actually know something about whomever it is we are supposed to be tolerating or respecting." Stephen Prothero, author of the NY Times bestseller Religious Literacy
3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
VALUES ARE IMPORTANT
VIOLENCE: THE KORAN V. THE BIBLE
Putin's Islamists Thrown into the Battle for Kiev Fighters loyal to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, renowned for their extreme brutality, have been sent to Ukraine to sow terror Le Point (my translation) Mar 7, 2022
The key to the making of holy warriors who will instill terror in a population is exposure to sadism.
The Koran is a shorter book than the Bible (by a factor of ten); pound for pound, it no doubt features more exhortations to violence. So if you ask which book is “worse” in terms of belligerence, you might say that qualitatively the Hebrew Bible (and hence the Christian Bible) takes the trophy—thanks to that unrivalled embrace of genocide in Deuteronomy—but that quantitatively the winner is the Koran, at least in terms of the frequency of belligerent passages, if not in absolute numbers.
And if, on top of the verses espousing violence in the terrestrial world, you add verses gleefully envisioning the suffering of infidels in the afterlife, the Koran wins the quantitative competition more decisively.
Richard Wright, author of The Evolution of God.
THE SEDUCTIVE SOUNDS OF HATRED AND CRUELTY
It is only a matter of time before we all have to face the music.
In Cologne, the "Erdogan's Mosque" wants to be heard. The debate rages in Cologne, where the great mosque, inaugurated in 2018 by the Turkish president, will be able to make the call to prayer via loudspeakers (my translation). Le Point, Nov 8, 2021
IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT PEOPLE
Islam almost led to a mass extermination of dogs, all because Muhammad blamed a puppy for the angel Gabriel skipping a scheduled meeting. Could it happen again? If scriptures pertaining to dogs still hold sway, man's best friend, in an Islamic future, will be a lot less so.
A child on Canada Day, in his simple gesture of petting a dog, and a black one at that, showed that hatred, whether it be for an animal or a person, to paraphrase Sohrab, is a learnt behaviour. What if what is learned can be unlearned. Better still, why not avoid teaching children to hate altogether.
PREVENTING THE INEVITABLE
THE CHALLENGE OF TOTALITARIAN ISLAM
TAKING A BULLDOZER TO HISTORY
"The nineteenth and twentieth century may have belong to Christianity. The twenty-first belongs to Islam." Stephen Prothero, author of the NY Times bestseller Religious Literacy.
"Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting." Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015
LOOKING AT SCRIPTURES IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
A WILLFUL IGNORANCE
In my writings on the Koran, Muhammad and Islam I have tried to explain the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand in what has become, with Lucette's passing, a solitary campaign against the willful ignorance that will be our undoing.
Should some of my books, such as the controversial Remembering Uzza and Love, Sex and Islam, find an audience, violence will inevitably find me and my government, and apologists for those who follow Muhammad's example when it comes to dealing with critics, will say that I had it coming. In anticipation that my books will disappear with my passing, I have converted half to free downloadable PDFs to encourage more of you to read them. Buy a book, it may become a collector's item.