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Threat of Egypt’s ‘morality police’

January 25, 2012

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The fact that the radical Islamist Nour (Light) party scored nearly 30 per cent in the recent Egyptian elections has given rise to a worrying development: religious vigilantes. And with Islamists of one or other variety comprising the largest bloc in the new parliament, the country waits to see how strong is the influence of the fundamentalist Salafi.

Tutu, Zionism and the Holocaust

January 12, 2011

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THE petition by assorted Zionists to have Archbishop Tutu, Judge Richard Goldstone and Professor Kader Asmal removed as patrons of the Holocaust Centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town should be welcomed.  Because it provides an object lesson to us all, being the clearest indication of the abuse, both of Judaism and the Holocaust, by more […]

Bigotry & Zapiro’s Muhammed cartoon

January 8, 2011

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The intolerant reaction to the 2010 cartoon by Zapiro of the prophet Muhammed was an example of bigotry and ignorance. Zapiro did not ridicule Islam or religion. What he did was to hold up to deserved ridicule those bigots who distort the professed messages from their prophets and, indeed, from their God or gods. He should be hailed for his perception and sensitivity, not damned for doing a good job.

Religion, opium and Karl Marx

December 29, 2010

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“Religion is the opium of the people” is probably the most often quoted statement attributed to Karl Marx. But it distorts the views of Marx about religion because it is taken out of both literary and historic context.

Only the latest incident in centuries of persecution

October 4, 2010

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The 2010 expulsions of Roma families from France was only the latest — and more widely publicised — example of the persecution suffered by this community over centuries.

South Africa’s educational confusion over evolution (11.11.2009)

October 2, 2010

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Confusion exists in South African schools where blind. creationist belief is equated with evidence-based science.