The Dutch Cartoon Competition Was Wrong Because Geert Wilders Organised It

Wilders

Reading Time: 6 minutes The cancelled Dutch cartoon competition was not about Islam. It was all about Geert Wilders.   It was way too long since we heard from the flamboyant leader of the Dutch extreme-right-wing party PVV, Geert Wilders. Let’s face it, the Dutch parliamentary elections are a thing of the past, and the present coalition is doing very […]

“Don’t Mention Religion, Mister Fawlty – They’re Nuns!”

Religion

Reading Time: 6 minutes Another day, another fracas because I have misunderstood religion and offended others. In suggesting that the subjective interpretation of the Holy Scriptures by men of faith who have a political agenda instead of a Holy Bible or Quran, I have been accused of “religion bashing?”, or words to that effect. Religion is untouchable, it seems  – […]

How Catholic Conservatism Could Conquer Secular France

France

Reading Time: 7 minutes Marion Maréchal is the grand-daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the French extreme-right-wing Front National. She wants to implement a political ideology that is soaked in a thick mantle of Catholicism. It is ironic that, in the eyes of many, the return of Catholicism may be the answer to the battle (if battle there is) […]

#MeToo For Atheists

atheism

Reading Time: 6 minutes The death of Stephen Hawking was, above all, a tragic loss for his immediate family and closest friends. The world of physics, and science in general, will also be much the poorer without him. Whereas none of us, common mortals, would be able to write a bestseller on the history of time, or come up […]

Charlie Hebdo and the Caliphate Factory

Islam

Reading Time: 7 minutes “We didn’t know.” At the time of Hurricane Harvey, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon, featuring Nazi’s drowning in Texas, with the caption “God exists, He has drowned all the Nazi’s in Texas,” provoked a mis-directed world-wide outcry. The latest controversy will probably cause much less international hysteria – if at all – but is even more important […]