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To be or not to be Charlie Hebdo: when being a politically correct coward is brave

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon All of us regret the tragic loss of life in the […]

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Hollande’s Syria comments: evil or stupid?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Bachar al-Assad est l’allié objectif des jihadistes Bashar al-Assad is the de facto ally of the jihadists (fighting to oust him) Francois Hollande Normally, I preface my posts on this blog with something wise from great French politicians and scholars, […]

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A pluralistic or secular constitution doesn't attack a religion, but protects them all
C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c'est de la folie. It is magnificent, but it is not war; it is madness. Pierre Bosquet This blog's primary focus is religion and politics. Either subject is inherently controversial, but no results are more controversial than when the tw

posted 11:00:51pm Mar. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Cage's point about MI5 terrorizing Muslims is credible
Sous un gouvernement qui emprisonne injustement, la place de l'homme juste est aussi en prison. Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the place of the just man is also a prison. Henry David Thoreau The human rights group Cage has taken a lot of fire for saying Mohammed Emwazi, als

posted 11:00:21pm Mar. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Russian aggression, or a war no-one cares about?
La haine est un sentiment fatiguant. Hate is a tiring feeling. Éric Delcroix In the harebrained first Crimean War and subsequent Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, Britain's history is full of examples of citizens being easily led into fevered nationalism over distant international affairs

posted 11:30:47pm Mar. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Attack ideas, not people
Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition. I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Voltaire Returning to the subject of Islamophobia and the detractors of that particular

posted 11:00:05pm Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Islamophobia: does Pamela Geller injure the Lifeboat Foundation's credibility?
Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j’ai vécu avec elle. I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose. Benjamin Constant There are a number of issues on my mind today. The first has been the Lifeboat Foundation. I am a member of this organization, listed on its futurist advisory board. H

posted 11:00:53pm Mar. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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