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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The mayor of Lille, in northeast France, has just announced the cancellation of La Braderie, the largest flea market in Europe, with 10,000 exhibitors and, last year, 2.5 million visitors. Martine Aubry, the mayor, and a Socialist stalwart, said that the safety of visitors could ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 12:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 6 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Dada and Surrealism may have outlived their welcome in Parisian salons, but they have found a warm welcome on Papal planes, and at the Vatican itself. The Pope has yet again delivered himself of more of his no-longer-surprising, but always disturbing, comments on Islam. He has ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 7:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 5 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The Ottoman Empire, the Sick Man of Europe in the nineteenth century, finally was put out of its misery by military defeat in World War I, to be replaced by the enlightened despotism of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a war hero at Gallipoli, who established a provisional government in ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 4:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 4 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald A glutton for punishment, I turned to the Vatican paper, L’Osservatore Romano, to read the Pope’s exact words, in the original Italian, about the killing of the indomitable priest in Rouvray. Here is what the Pope had to say to the journalists flying with him to Cracow: “Quando ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/04/2016 5:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald We have heard many disturbing statements in recent years made by Catholic clerics, from bishops and cardinals right up to Pope Francis, who seem to believe that Islam is a religion like any other, that criticism of Islam is unjustified and based on the motiveless malignity of “Islamophobia,” ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/26/2016 7:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 18 July 2016
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by High Fitzgerald On July 12, the New York Times carried an article about a feud between two French Islamologues: PARIS — What propels Islamist terrorism and attacks against France is more than an academic debate: The answer shapes policy toward blunting the threat. So it is no inconsequential ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2016 7:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 14 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Pauline Hanson is a well-known political figure in Australia whose general anti-immigrant stance has recently become much more focused on Muslim immigration. After years in the political wilderness, on July 2 Hanson was elected, as a Senator, to the Australian Parliament. This ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2016 1:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 11 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald In the last few years, one country in Europe – Switzerland – has offered lessons in how to deal with Muslims that other Western countries might do well to emulate. For the Swiss have taken a tough line on those Muslims living in their country who have been unwilling to adapt to ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2016 5:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 7 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald After every attack by Muslim terrorists, Muslims, and many non-Muslim apologists for Islam, insist that “these attacks cannot possibly have anything to do with Islam.” But now, after the attack in Medina, a new mantra is being chanted, which is that these attacks have something ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2016 9:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 3 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald “The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking everyone to recite from the Quran. Those who could recite a verse or two were spared. The others were tortured.” This from the jihad attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka. In the middle of the nineteenth century, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2016 5:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 2 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald In the pages of Foreign Policy (a publication as “elite’ as all get-out), James Traub argues, with a stab at comic cliché reversal, that in the Western world “it’s time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses.” For it is those “ignorant masses” that voted for Brexit ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2016 7:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 1 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On April 22, at the Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach, California, seated at one of the most desirable tables – that is, those on the outside patio, in the very front, with the unobstructed view of the beach — seven Muslim women, all wearing hijabs, talked and dallied. On their table, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 7:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 16 June 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald And let me make a final point. For a while now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize the administration and me for not using the phrase “radical Islam.” That’s the key, they tell us. We ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2016 1:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 12 June 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald An Australian researcher, Charles Miller, has just published a report on the effect of cultural sensitivity training, intended to improve attitudes toward Muslims among members of the Australian Defense Forces. The study was conducted in a way that preserved the anonymity of ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2016 7:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 9 June 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Why is it that Western politicians, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and David Cameron, think they must send out messages of such heartfelt solidarity to the world’s Muslims on Ramadan? Of course they send out messages as well for Diwali (Hindus and Buddhists), Passover ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2016 7:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 6 June 2016
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In Japan, concerned about “anti-Muslim hostility,” some teachers have had the bright idea of having their pupils “learn about Islam” by visiting the main mosque in Tokyo. Of course, they must have thought, what better way to have their students get an “unbiased glimpse of Islam” than to visit a mosque, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/06/2016 7:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016
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The other day, in Melbourne, an anti-Islam rally was announced by the United Patriotic Front, and, in immediate response, a counter-rally was quickly organized, to be held at the same time, and same place, by a group of assorted leftists eager to confront the anti-Islam group. It was billed as the “No ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2016 6:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 May 2016
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Sometimes it’s the little things that are most telling. In Switzerland it has long been customary for students to shake the hands of their teachers at the beginning and end of the school day. It’s a sign of solidarity and mutual respect between teacher and pupil, one that is thought to encourage the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/28/2016 7:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 20 May 2016
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Pope Francis continues to astonish. He has just said, in an interview with the French Catholic paper La Croix, that “the idea of conquest is inherent to the soul of Islam.” As far as his understanding of Islam goes, this is a marked improvement over his disturbing statement, back in November 2013, that ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2016 7:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 16 May 2016
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The new golden boy of multicultural politics and Moderate Islam, Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, fresh from his electoral triumph, told an interviewer on May 13 that he would like to “educate” Donald Trump about Islam. Certainly Trump, like many of those who oppose him, could stand to be educated about ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/16/2016 10:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 13 May 2016
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The Charlemagne Prize, awarded by the city of Aachen for services furthering the unity of Europe, was given this year to Pope Francis. His address upon receiving the prize is one more example of his inability to recognize, or possibly of his feeling compelled not to acknowledge, the real effect of Muslim ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2016 1:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 8 May 2016
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“In its latest bid to tackle the biggest migration crisis since World War II, the European Commission proposed making countries pay a ‘solidarity contribution’ of 250,000 ($290,000) euros per refugee they decline to take.”—from a May 4 news report This extraordinary news shows how far the European ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/08/2016 7:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016
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The other day on NPR I heard John Shattuck, a former ambassador to Czechoslovakia and now the President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, declare the need for the United States to help more with the “refugee crisis” in Europe which, he said, threatened to break Europe apart. His ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/04/2016 6:56 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 1 May 2016
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#1. FRANCE In France, the Muslim owner of a Bordeaux grocery store has just been given a fine and a two-month jail sentence for having posted a notice on his shop window assigning different shopping days for men and women. How terrible it would be, many devout Muslims apparently feel, if a man and ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2016 5:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
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Miroslav Volf has for two decades been a leader in the interfaith healing industry; he founded and directs the Yale Center For Faith and Culture. His specialty is proclaiming that Christians and Muslims “worship the same god,” even though, apparently, this conclusion is based on a distinctly one-sided ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/19/2016 7:59 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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