When laïcité destroys egalité and fraternité

[ by Charles Cameron — laïcité meets the banlieue, and ISIS takes note ] . France: blind to religions. Graphic: Nouvel Obs ** My latest piece is up at LapidoMedia, addressing the impact of the French doctrine of blinding secularism on French Muslims — and ISIS targeting of France: ANALYSIS When laïcité destroys egalité and […] Read more »

Uh-oh, The Times believes Dabiq is “Koranic”

[ by Charles Cameron — the London Times gets the Qur’an wrong, let’s hope it’s not this sloppy about cricket! ] . In an article titled Death to Cheshire florist, declares Isis magazine, London Times writers David Brown, Sara Elizabeth Williams, and Tom Coghlan write about Rumiyah, the new ISIS magazine: Charlie Winter, a researcher […] Read more »

Gülen a secret cardinal of the Catholic Church? [UPDATED]

[ by Charles Cameron — a case of Catholic taqiyya? srsly? you jest! ] . This tweet about Fethullah Gülen is just too rich in ironies to relegate to the comment section of my earlier posts, Turkey — keeping an eye out for Gülen and its follow-up, Turkey Tweeted, continued: Pro-Erdogan newspaper claims Gulen is […] Read more »

Heat and Hajj 2076

[ by Charles Cameron — one black swan that’s almost predictable — where two timelines meet ] . God in His wisdom has decreed that all right thinking humans should circumambulate the Kaaba in Mecca if at all possible during their human lifetimes, so proclaims Islamic orthodoxy. A Guardian piece titled Extreme heatwaves could push […] Read more »

The positively Abrahamic game of Chess

[ by Charles Cameron — interfaith rivalry on the checkered board ] . Many of you will be familiar with the Christian and Muslim playing chess in this illustration from El Libro de los Juegos or Book of Games of Alfonso X of Castile: "Book of games" by Alfonso X "The Wise".King of Castile and […] Read more »

Dabiq issue 15, specific notes part 1, Crucifixion

[ by Charles Cameron — first of two parts of an essay on Dabiq‘s attack on Christian doctrines ] . ** I have written a two part essay examining the latest issue of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine, which is essentially an attack on Christianity and invitation ot Islam. The first part, dealing mostly with the Crucifixion, […] Read more »

Happiness in the proximity of faith and death

[ by Charles Cameron — the emotional impact of faith, from a nun present at the Normandy attack to a failed suicide bomber in Syria ] . According to this IB Times article, Tragic last words of Catholic priest killed by Isis terrorists revealed, Sister Helene Decaux, one of the nuns who was present at […] Read more »

A trumpet voice above Trump’s

[ by Charles Cameron — for those wishing for discourse above the political fray ] . Yesterday, Sunday, I was going to post a “Sunday surprise” about a voice that transcends that of Donald Trump — the voice of Alison Balsom, trumpeter extraordinaire. But my thread linking Balsom and Trump was a slender one — […] Read more »

JJ MacNab on the Baton Rouge shooter

[ by Charles Cameron — plus further readings on sovereign citizens & the Moorish Science Temple ] . JJ MacNab, author of The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America — note date of publication — has the basics on the quasi-religious sovereign citizen and Baton Rouge cop shooter, Gavin Long: Tweet […] Read more »

A brief Trump policy statement & book-length question in response

[ by Charles Cameron — also a tweet asking for a DoubleQuote & getting one ] . As so often, Part I of this post is a somewhat playful teaser for Part II, which is where my real interest is to be found. Part I, then, is about someone inquiring about two tweets Donald Trump […] Read more »