The editor of that paper says. Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy. You can see the cartoons on the web site of Die Welt Berlin. They are very mild indeed compared with what we are accustomed to seeing here. One of these newspapers was France Soir.
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Disgracefully, the owner of that newspaper has sacked its editor. Their front page right has the headline "Yes, we have the right to caricature God". The front page cartoon shows four 'gods' on a cloud, one saying to Muhammad "Don't worry Muhammad, we've all been caricatures here". This religious intolerance that accepts no mockery, no satire, no ridicule.
It's called freedom of expression in a secular country. By February 4th, it became clear that the aftermath was far worse than anyone could have predicted. We have seen the Norwegian and Danish embassy in Damascus set on fire. And, of a demonstration in London,. I don't believe that I have ever before quoted the Daily Telegraph , but I confess some sympathy with their comment this time. The Vatican doesn't understand the idea of freedom of thought either. They say the right to freedom of expression does not imply the right to offend religious beliefs [ BBC News ].
It does. Monday 6th February. The demonstrations in London pictures above seem to have brought The Guardian and The Independent off their somwhat pusillanimous shelf. The Guardian now gives a direct link to the cartoons , and all, even the government, agree that the incitements to murder that were so apparent at the demonstration were illegal and should be prosecuted. What a pity that it was left to the Conservative Party to point out this obvious fact. The Guardian reports as follows. Several Labour MPs also called for action.
David Winnick, on the Commons home affairs committee, said those carrying banners threatening violence should be prosecuted and, where possible, deported. Muslims in Britain must accept that British values include a commitment to freedom of speech, even if that meant offending people. Speaking after the uproar over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, said that the right to offend was an "absolutely precious" part of British identity.
He also suggested that Muslims who wanted Sharia should leave the country. It seems that the 'city academy' scheme, is not only open to purchase of influence over children by rich nutters, but also deeply corrupt. The Sunday Times 15 Jan got some interesting results by using an undercover reporter who posed as a potential donor. Des Smith, a council member of the trust that helps recruit sponsors for academies, disclosed that if a donor gave sufficient money, he could be nominated for an OBE, CBE or even a knighthood.
In January, he had suggested sponsors for the government's flagship city academies programme would be given honours in exchange for funding. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust helps the government recruit education sponsors. Set up in September , its president is Lord Levy, Tony Blair's chief political fundraiser and close friend. It seems that, as so often, that official denial was confirmation that it was true. In other words Taylor and Smith were lying given what was said, that was pretty obvious anyway. Presumably this was in return for his providing a small proportion of the cost of the 'Grace Academy' in the West Midlands.
Other nominees for peerages from 10 Downing Street include Chai Patel, who made his fortune from private nursing homes and clinics, Sir David Garrard, a property developer, and Barry Townsley, a stockbroker.
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All three have been embroiled in controversy over their business dealings. Patel has been criticised over the treatment of patients at nursing homes which he used to run. At one, in Twickenham, southwest London, elderly residents were allegedly left in heavily soiled beds and there was a high rate of accidents. He was referred to the General Medical Council over the allegations but was cleared last year.
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Garrard, who has also sponsored a city academy, was recently involved in a business deal involving Allders, the department store chain, which left the pension fund in tatters. That is the headline in the London Evening Standard 8th March, Patel thus, inadvertantly, confirms the deep corruption in the sale of peerages used by Tony Blair. Apart from being corrupt, it also fills the Upper Chamber with undesirable people.
Christopher Evans , the rich owner of a biotechnology company, Merlin Biosciences, was the third person to be arrested, on 21 September Getting closer to Tony. A senior Downing Street aide has been questioned under caution by detectives. Ruth Turner.
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No 10's director of government relations, was questioned about emails and documents relating to the inquiry. A good spoof. Well there is no shortage of bizarre religious cults, but Colonia Dignidad is as bizarre as they come. Its Nazi connections are reminiscent of the support of fascism by Josemaria Escriva. Schaefer is former Nazi and Baptist preacher. He established a 13,hectare 32,acre colony, Colonia Dignidad, in southern Chile in , after fleeing Germany to escape child abuse charges.
He is now in jail charged with child abuse and aiding secret police during the military regime. BBC News 27 December reports that now. If you are into bizarre cults, there is a lot of information at rickross. The Washington Times an extreme right wing newspaper, not to be confused with the Washington Post , reported on 25th December , thus.
But the news is a bit better in the UK. Eleven parents took the Dover school board to court to overturn their ruling that 'intelligent design' must be taught as though it were science. The voters later removed the creationist members of the Dover school board. And this time the parents won! Jones III, ruled that a Pennsylvania school board's policy of teaching intelligent design in high school biology class is unconstitutional because intelligent design is clearly a religious idea that advances "a particular version of Christianity.
Download the whole text of this very important judgement here [ PDF file, kb ]. Page It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy. The charter schools are an icon of neoconservatives in the USA.
Take for example, the Goldwater Institute. It seems that this is yet another case if Blair lining up with the extreme right in the USA. Many of his policies make Margaret Thatcher look like a left wing radical. The main objection to his plans is, of course, selection. He can protest until the cows come home that the government will legislate against selection, but any fool can see that such a law is not implementable.
Parents, left to themselves, will always select as long, of course, as they can ensure that their own children don't fall into the reject pile. No, I haven't seen this film, but I can't resist quoting the review of it by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian. Children won't get the Christian subtext, but unbelievers should keep a sickbag handy during Disney's new epic, writes Polly Toynbee.
Tolkien disliked Lewis's bully-pulpit. Over the years, others have had uneasy doubts about the Narnian brand of Christianity. Christ should surely be no lion. He was the lamb, representing the meek of the earth, weak, poor and refusing to fight. Philip Pullman - he of the marvellously secular trilogy His Dark Materials - has called Narnia "one of the most ugly, poisonous things I have ever read". Because here in Narnia is the perfect Republican, muscular Christianity for America - that warped, distorted neo-fascist strain that thinks might is proof of right.
He is an emblem for everything an atheist objects to in religion. His divine presence is a way to avoid humans taking responsibility for everything here and now on earth, where no one is watching, no one is guiding, no one is judging and there is no other place yet to come. Once again, it's time for some of the university's movers and shakers to select their Books of the Year. I did, however, particularly enjoy a little book I picked up at the Bookshop sale.
Its precise title escapes me, but it told the story of a middle-aged man who fails to recognise the benefits of the community in which he resides. Instead of identifying with its mission statement, he persists in pursuing a selfish, individualistic path and ends up having an illicit sexual relationship with a close organisational colleague. Fortunately, there is a happy ending. Following an intervention from Human Resources and a slightly overdramatised episode involving large rats, he realises his mistakes and re-commits himself to the ongoing strategic plan.
Ted Wragg was rather like the Laurie Taylor of secondary education, a voice of sanity in a world of burgeoning management-speak. Here is a taste of his writing from the Guardian , 3rd December In education nowadays the pen can be mightier than the chalk.
Bid Writers are a special breed who can weave together and launch back at policy wonks all their own buzzwords, with the deadly accuracy of a guided missile, sending them into the sort of sustained ecstasy that loosens both critical judgment and purse strings. Give that school a few hundred grand. Worthwhile policies graft seamlessly on to schools and eventually become their own.
An ephemeral policy is merely a headline grabber, a wheeze, demeaning to both begetter and recipient.
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