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SMITH’S REPORT #212– February 2015

Published on Friday, February 20 2015 by Sonico

As a Muslim, I’m Fed Up with the
Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

by Mehdi Hasan

On 7 January 2015, at about 11:30 am local time, two masked gunmen armed with assault rifles and other weapons forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They fired up to 50 shots, while shouting “Allahu Ak-bar” (Arabic for “God is great”), killing eleven people and injuring eleven others. The gun-men identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), which took responsibility for the attack.

On 9 January …


Burning Heretics in the 21st Century

Published on Monday, February 9 2015 by Jett Rucker

Social commentator Frank Furedi has published a thoughtful piece on iai news that elucidates the form that the ancient bugaboo of heresy has assumed in the present century. If defining and punishing what George Orwell labelled thoughtcrime in his epic 1984 is a defining function of societies through time, the form it has taken for almost the past hundred years, it seems to me is, as Furedi points out, “denialism.”

Just as blasphemy or later, treason served the social function of heresy in past times, today “denialism” is the dripping tar brush with which social entrepreneurs smear those whose thoughts …