The BBC showed us last night the 3 types of Muslims living in the UK:- the majority moderates trying hard to create a British Islam; the 'non-violent Islamists', who feel the UK should accommodate their demands simply because they're in Britain; and the murderous 'violent Islamists'. My thought was that we could accommodate the second category by giving them an island north of Scotland, called Orkneystan. Where they could do what the hell they liked.
Raif Badawi is the blogger I mentioned as the guy jailed in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to 1,000 lashes. Last night I read "We are all Raif Badawi!" Oh, no, we're not. We're just making gestures to make ourselves feel a little better.
In another case of extreme Islam, a young Egyptian has been given 3 years for apostasy after his father testified against him. But at least he wasn't stoned to death.
If you want to understand why intelligent people cling to primitive beliefs and practices, try The Thinking Atheist podcasts. Specifically, the one entitled The Psychology of Belief.
Of course, ignorance and stupidity aren't confined to the Muslim world. These are the words of an American "terrorism expert" on the right-wing Fox News channel:- "Birmingham is a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims just simply don't go". Not content with that inflammatory tripe, he added:- "In parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to religious Muslim attire". Birmingham, he said, is one of a number of European cities "where sharia courts were set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don't go in, and where it's basically a separate country almost, a country within a country." This cretin has since retracted everything and apologised. I would say the damage had already been done, if I didn't think his comments accorded with the pre-existing prejudices of anyone who gets their news from Fox. So, no damage done.
Here's something that you may not see in your local supermarket.
And here's one of the very few 1930s buildings left in Pontevedra. It's scheduled to be replaced by yet another block of anodyne flats. I might be wrong but I don't think Spain has anything like English Heritage to fight against desecration.
Finally . . . For all her local fans, Joan Baez is performing here in Ponters on March 28.