Patriotism is not the same as spineless adoration of the Establishment

“Do you love your country?” The smirking phantom of the pinko-hunting Senator Joe McCarthy hovered over Labour’s Keith Vaz as he uttered those words. Who knows if they were intended to menace or support the Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, who was being Continue reading “Patriotism is not the same as spineless adoration of the Establishment”

Sighting of the New Moon

What is said about sighting the crescent in the Qur’an?

“They ask you about the crescents. Say: They are but signs to mark fixed periods of time in the affairs of men and for pilgrimage.” (TMQ 2:189)

“Whoever witnesses the crescent of the month, he must fast the month.” (TMQ 2:185)

What is said about sighting the crescent in the Sunnah? Continue reading “Sighting of the New Moon”

Ex-Berlusconi minister defends the Norwegian killer

One of Silvio Berlusconi’s former ministers has defended the thinking of the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Interviewed on a popular radio show, Francesco Speroni, a leading member of the Northern League, the junior partner in Berlusconi’s conservative coalition, said: “Breivik’s ideas are in defence of western civilisation.”

Speroni spoke as other right-wingers around Europe, including leading officials of his own party, distanced themselves from the massacre on Utoya and the ideology that inspired it. Continue reading “Ex-Berlusconi minister defends the Norwegian killer”