Charlie’s Angel – Zineb El Rhazoui And The Fight Against Fundamentalist Islam

Islam

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Zineb El Rhazoui’s views on the problems that we face, concerning the effects of religion on society, are very close to my own. Namely, it is the interpretation and application of written texts and superstitions as a political doctrine that cause problems. For the former journalist at Charlie Hebdo, even a recipe book can […]

C’est Tellement Con, Que Ça Fait Rire!!

Reading Time: 1 minute La une de Charlie Hebdo, du 26 décembre dernier, faisant suite à la mise en garde-à-vue de Peter Cherif, est le plus beau cadeau de Noël que l’on puisse souhaiter. Pour tous-ceux et toutes-celles qui cultivent de façon ardue un sens d’humour et une dérision de la vie que l’on pourrait qualifier de limite, le […]

“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  – […]

Tunisian Women Divided Over Inheritance Law Reform

Reading Time: 5 minutes President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia is proposing a radical change in the Islamic law on inheritance which, at present, is based on the Quran. According to the Islamic scriptures, men should inherit twice as much as women. Allah commands you regarding your children. For the male a share equivalent of two females – Quran […]

Houellebecq’s “Submission” – A Caliphate Fantasia In Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Reading Time: 6 minutes Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, “Submission”, published in 2015, received a mixed reception from both the press and politicians. Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-winged “Front National”, described the work as, “fiction that one day could become reality.”  Michel Houellebecq’s political fiction is in nothing a visionary work, it’s just a succession of false provocations. […]