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An Unconvincing Secularism at the Literature Festival

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Opinion Pieces | 0 comments

An Unconvincing Secularism at the Literature Festival

Some of the proposed topics of discussion at the Karachi Literature Festival which took place earlier this month caught my attention as I read about it in the press. In particular the panel discussion on ‘Secularism in Pakistan’ moderated by Irfan Hussain and featuring Hamid Khan, Javed Jabbar, Asma Jahangir, and Nasira Ibqal. I made an effort to attend to see what the latest arguments of leading advocates for secularism in Pakistan were, only to be met, I must confess, with profound disappointment. The arguments lacked depth, failed to deal...

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Wilderian Far-Right an Instructive Nuisance

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Opinion Pieces | 0 comments

Wilderian Far-Right an Instructive Nuisance

Geert Wilders finally arrived in Australia this week for his controversial speaking tour on the grand theme of ‘Freedom, Islam and the West’. The delay, due to Immigration minister Chris Bowen needing over a month late last year to decide on the Government’s position on hate-preachers, meant people in Australia had to wait an additional three months to hear Wilderian fantasy – such as the call for all Muslims to immediately embrace Christianity or atheism (or ‘whatever they want’) to save themselves and society...

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The Muslim-Factor: the Objective and the Subjective of the Sydney ‘riots’

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Opinion Pieces | 0 comments

The Muslim-Factor: the Objective and the Subjective of the Sydney ‘riots’

The usual quiet of the streets of Piara Waters in Perth was abruptly broken weekend before last. Five-hundred teenage party-goers, gathering in response to a party advertised on social media, went out of control, hurling rocks, bottles and bricks at police. Reinforcements including mounted police, the dog squad and police helicopter were summoned in an attempt to disperse the crowd. A 19-year-old was stabbed and an ambulance which came to assist the injured had its window smashed. The Perth incident is evidently quite similar, if not worse,...

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Atheism in the dock

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Opinion Pieces | 0 comments

Atheism in the dock

The high priests of New Atheism are in town, subjecting us to more of the same. The faithful have responded to the fatuous bus posters to gather at the (not-so-global) Atheist convention, taking place in the same country twice in three years, with the stated purpose of ‘celebrating reason’. An admirable pursuit. It is difficult to understand, I must confess, what those who define themselves by a negation will be celebrating. Atheism, as a negating proposition, does not carry the onus of proof, but equally does not have anything to offer...

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