28th April 2011

“The degree of thought control, of limitations on freedom of speech and expression is without parallel in the Western world since the eighteenth century and in some cases longer than that… It seems to me it's a very dangerous situation, because it makes any kind of scholarly discussion of Islam, to say the least, dangerous.”

Professor Bernard Lewis

4 Responses to “28th April 2011”

  1. Dan Says:

    Control, isn’t a bad word for it, but I’d call it Thought Censhorship. Religion seems to make a virtue out of not using one’s critical thinking skills.

  2. Doubting Thomas Says:

    Scholarly discussion of or with Islam is a waste of time and effort. It is heartening to see Scandinavian countries electing people who are saying stop immigration of this poison. We have in the UK the situation where in the last ten years 2million of Pakistani muslims were allowed in by the last goverment and the leader of the incumbent idiots goes to Pakistan lauding the diaspora and throwing more of our money at a State ( Nuclear armed) No wonder the muslims believe we in the west are a suitable case for colonising. I am an atheist and a humanist, not a racialist or right wing. The time of scholary discussion is long past.

  3. R J Says:

    to doubting tom………………….

    your first and last sentences are exactly right.

    islam is a joke.

  4. Atheist MC Says:

    Part of the problem with Islam is precicely that it has existed until relatively recently in the confines of the Arab and Asian world. Exposure to the relatively secular west and in particular to Northern European irreverence has I suspect come as something of a shock. I would guess that in Pakistan for example most Muslims find the idea of blasphemy laws perfectly reasonable and wouldn’t understand the need to abolish them.
    Although there are undoubtedly pockets of radical Islam in the British community, the majority are moderates who either accept or are resigned to the fact that it is permissable here to criticise religion. I won’t argue btw that there isn’t a broader immigration problem here, but it is not a peculiarly Islamic one. What we need to do is challenge the self censoring cultural relativism of our politicians and insist on having the debate about where Islam and religion generally sit in relationship to a secular democracy.