The Iconoclast

Saturday, 06 January 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald In Church Militant, some new Catholics have put a question for Pope Francis that we devoutly hope he will answer: A group of ex-Muslim converts to Catholicism are criticizing Pope Francis’ approach to Islam. In an open letter to the Holy Father recently published online, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/06/2018 8:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 06 January 2018
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Having got what looked to most people like Ireland's first lone wolf jihad attack immediately declared "nothing to do with terrorism", and having implored the Catholics of Ireland not to blame Islam for terror (which the attack was nothing to do with, you MUST understand this...) the Irish Muslim Board ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/06/2018 8:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 05 January 2018
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  I set forty-two questions for you to ponder over. I chose to set forty-two questions so that I could remind you of an interesting Christmas fact about the number forty-two: to wit, there are forty-two generations given in the Gospel of Matthew's version of the genealogy of Jesus. That is to say, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/05/2018 7:23 PM by John M. Joyce
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Friday, 05 January 2018
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by Phyllis Chesler I am glad so many women are speaking out—and I hope that this leads to some enduring changes; I would be delighted if this moment becomes a movement which leads to legislation that is both funded and enforced. Good faith and hard-won victories such as The Violence Against Women ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/05/2018 11:15 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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Friday, 05 January 2018
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Fazel Ryklief watched in dismay as news of the Dundalk attack that left one man dead and two injured spread on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a tide of anti-immigrant abuse directed at Muslims had begun to swell on social media . “In the end, irrespective of whether he was Syrian or Egyptian, it all ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/05/2018 2:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 04 January 2018
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  ...before I give you the answers here’s a final question. A sort of Twelfth Night bonus question, as it were. Q.  Illuminatingly, who did what with a tree at Christmas in New York City in AD1882? I’ll post all the answers in a few hours time. All together now: ‘Enjoy’.     ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2018 8:55 PM by John M. Joyce
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Thursday, 04 January 2018
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The Forgotten History of Black Women Crying Out Against Sexual Assault By Phyllis Chesler Last week, Recy Taylor, the victim of a 1944 brutal white-on-black gang-rape in Alabama, died. She was 97 years-old. Taylor was also the subject of a nationwide crusade against the rape of black women ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2018 8:56 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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From the Irish Independent GARDAI investigating a string of attacks in Louth this morning have said that terrorism "is a line of inquiry" - but have stressed that the attacker's motive remains unknown. An 18-year-old Egyptian man is being questioned on suspicion of murder following the incidents ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2018 1:19 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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by Theodore Dalrymple I can’t say that I would be particularly pleased if my next-door neighbour affixed a large fibreglass great white shark apparently diving into his roof, but time lends charm to eccentricities and there is no doubt that the model shark that Mr Bill Heine affixed to the roof ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2018 7:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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A conversation with the filmaker Gloria Greenfield broken into segments answering specific questions. Watch here. And don't forget to order Dr. Chelser's new book, Islamic Gender Apartheid, from NER Press. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2018 6:03 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, in a memorable Tweet broadcast in the first couple of days of 2018, has castigated Islamic Pakistan for its "lies and deceit."   As reported by the ABC on the 2nd of January, relying on a report from Reuters which like all mainstream "news" sources ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2018 4:34 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Tuesday, 02 January 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Rev. Alexander Santora is a Christian clergyman in New Jersey who has taken a great interest in presenting Islam in the best possible light and, unsurprisingly, he gives no sign of being interested in finding out what is actually in the Qur’an and Hadith. He is content to report ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2018 4:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 02 January 2018
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TWO CHRISTIANS were killed in a deadly attack. . . The two men, who were brothers, were attacked by a masked gunman. The killer shot the men at their alcohol shop near Cairo in Egypt earlier today (1st Jan) security sources said. In today’s attack the gunman used a rifle, shooting at the shop from outside ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2018 3:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 01 January 2018
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The Chinese take a different approach to the challenges of the present day.  I just came upon this new word, which is definitely more fun to use than "SJW". From Urban Dictionary:   Baizuo (pronounced 'bye-tswaw') is a Chinese epithet meaning naive western educated person who advocated for peace ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/01/2018 6:12 PM by NER
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Monday, 01 January 2018
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Greetings for 2018 to all our readers from a woodland, somewhere in England.    ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/01/2018 3:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 31 December 2017
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MOSCOW (AFP) – The man arrested by Russian authorities over an attack on a supermarket in St Petersburg has admitted to planning the act and planting the homemade bomb that wounded 18 people, investigators said Sunday (Dec 31). “During questioning, the suspect confirmed having organised and carried ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/31/2017 11:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 31 December 2017
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  Today is Christmas Sunday and the Feast of the Holy Family, as well as New Year’s Eve. So, as you raise glass in celebration of having survived another turbulent year I thought you might all enjoy another five questions in my seasonal quiz. Answers, as usual, will be on Twelfth Night. You can ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/31/2017 10:49 AM by John M. Joyce
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Sunday, 31 December 2017
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A man has been arrested in connection with a St Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people, Russia's main domestic security agency said. The Federal Security Service (FSB) did not identify the suspect or provide any details about his motive. The agency said in a statement carried by Russian ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/31/2017 2:29 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 30 December 2017
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WASHINGTON DC:  The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy (AMCD) applauds the proud Iranian people’s peaceful protests over the actions of the few non-elected, self-appointed Iranian regime officials. We encourage the Trump administration to extend active support to the large and growing secular ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2017 1:35 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 30 December 2017
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I am not the only one who keeps reminding people of this part of our history. From the Telegraph The memory of thousands of Cornish people who were kidnapped and sold into slavery has been “culturally erased”, campaigners have said. Academics are trying to revive knowledge about pirates from the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2017 11:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 30 December 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Garry Wills’s What the Qur’an Meant and Why It Matters begins with a statement of his certainties. He knows that students of the Qur’an, like himself, “must deal with militant misuses of it” and “blatantly distorted reports of what it says.” Garry Wills knows better. For if ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2017 8:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 30 December 2017
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More from the Derbyshire Times A further arrest has been made as a result of an ongoing terrorism investigation in which a man from Chesterfield was arrested. The 21 year old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2017 7:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 December 2017
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)  claimed responsibility on Friday for the bomb attack days earlier that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 14 people. "The attack that targeted a shopping centre in Saint Petersburg the day before yesterday (Wednesday) was carried ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 6:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 December 2017
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The Daily Mail has details of the Chesterfield/Sheffield terror plot from today's remand hearing. Picture left, Farhad Salah to the left and Andy Star to the right. Court sketches are not meant to flatter so I will reserve judgment on whether Salah really is aged 22 until I see a photograph of him ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 3:29 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 December 2017
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I have not see this for myself but Generation Identity England put them up on Westminster Bridge yesterday. The safety blocks put up after an Islamic jihadist murdered 5 people in March on and by the bridge; echoing the words of London's islamic mayor Sadiq Khan who said (while talking about New York) ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 12:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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