European Court upheld French veil ban

Today the European Court of Human Rights has struck a blow for freedom by, er… erm…. well…..
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The European court has stood up for the freedom of religious expression through its decision to…. to…. well it….. er….

In a bid to protect devout Muslim women who wear the veil as a religious observance from isolation the ECtHR has made it easier for them to show their faces in public by er…. well… by making it harder for them to leave their homes. This upholds their freedom of conscience because….. er….

Still – it’ll please these nice Britain First guys who never hide their own faces at all.

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Can you say “Hypocrisy”?

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Care to share magazine issue 7

Just a reminder. Care to share magazine issue 7 is out today as a series of blog posts or downloadable PDF.

Get your free copy here.

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Islam, Europe & neoNazi politics

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There are just over 2 billion practicing Muslims worldwide. Can you imagine the global impact of 2 billion far right neoNazis like Britain First, BNP or the EDL? And they tell us that Islam is the biggest problem.

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There are, of course, good reasons to distrust all religious groups, especially the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaeism & Christianity) but let’s keep it in perspective. Secular societies such as we have in the European Union keep religious bigotry at bay, just as Europe also keeps nationalism & xenophobia at bay.

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The very things that Nationalist groups oppose protect us from the theocracies that they claim to fear the most.

But the European convention on human rights (ECHR) doesn’t just prevent religious theocracy – it also prevents governments based upon discrimination and Nazi ideology. No wonder far right groups from UKIP and the BNP to the EDL & ‘Britain First’ want the UK to leave the union.

What could possibly go wrong with the Master Race in charge?

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Brilliant response to UKIP’s scaremongering

Last night Nigel Farage made yet another appearance on BBC Question Time. Whilst there are some very interesting questions surrounding this man’s remarkably frequent QT appearances (given the fact that his party holds precisely no UK parliamentary seats) that’s not my point here. Instead I just want to reproduce this brilliantly succinct comment from last night’s TV audience.

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Well said that man. This nationalistic shift toward the right in UK is precisely what happened in 1930s Germany.

For those who need more evidence of Farage’s fascist nature have a look at this letter expressing extreme concerns about him from the master of Dulwich college.
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More bigotry from UKIP candidates

Meet Harry Perry

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This is the UKIP MEP candidate for Stockport who thinks Pakistan should be nuked, homosexuality is ‘evil’ & thinks the EDL would be worth voting for if they entered politics.

Basically he’s just another UKIP bigot who thinks he can win votes through discrimination and scapegoating minorities.

With views like this it’s hardly surprising that he wants the UK out of Europe. How else could UKIP’s bigotry get a foothold in UK?
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If you hate fairness, human rights, workers’ rights and Johnny foreigner then vote UKIP. If you believe in fairness, equality, rights and a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work then don’t.

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Over 200 Charities Reject Workfare and Sign Statement Saying Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Stuart Sorensen:

And about time too.

I see that The Salvation Army is missing from the list of signatories. Does anyone know if they’re still abusing and exploiting vulnerable, unemployed citizens by using them as unpaid slave labour in their ‘charity’ shops?

This abuse cannot be legal given that the European Convention on Human Rights clearly forbids slavery.

Originally posted on the void:

Over 200 charities and voluntary organisations have now signed the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement in response to the Government’s launch of mass workfare.

As pointed out by Boycott Workfare, this vastly outnumbers the 70 organisations that the DWP claim have backed the new Community Work Placements, which involve 780 hours forced work under the threat of meagre benefits being stopped.

Many more charities have confirmed they will not be involved in the scheme on twitter, including household names such as British Red Cross, Scope and Friends of the Earth.  This is a disaster for the DWP as they attempt to find tens of thousands of workfare placements in the voluntary sector.

It could also spell trouble for Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), the shorter workfare scheme which to punish claimants when Jobcentre busy-bodies decide they aren’t trying hard enough to find work.  The Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement does not just…

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Freepost politics

The UK’s wonderfully right wing racist party, UKIP are asking people to mail them using FREEPOST so they can continue their fight against Johnny Foreigner. There’s even a campaign to help them by donating a brick to the racist cause. Well – it was a fairly stupid thing to do to give out a freepost address to all and sundry when they have so many enemies.

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After all, when they abandon human rights – you know, this stuff …..

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… and privatise the NHS
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…we’ll all be well stuffed.

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So people are planning to send them a brick or two for the cause, to help them keep those nasty foreigners away from the white cliffs of Dover.

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Don’t ever believe UKIP’s racist, elitist, privileged nonsense. They’re like the EDL & BNP except that some of them are just a little bit cleverer so they package their nationalist, sectarian bigotry a little more acceptably. But they’re equally divisive.
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An Experiment to Analyze Hate Against Muslims

Stuart Sorensen:

22 people did nothing and that’s the biggest problem by far. We can’t just choose not to get involved.

Discrimination and bigotry will harm us all because it damages the fabric of our society as a whole. And it’s not just an issue for the USA. Racism, intolerance and sectarianism is on the rise all over the world.

Would you speak out?

Originally posted on No Offense:

Take a few minutes to watch this alarming hidden camera experiment featured by ABC news, who casted actors to display a real life issue about discrimination against Muslims here in the United States. The responses of bystanders were heavily evaluated. How would you have reacted?

Both the Muslim woman and the worker behind the counter are both actors who sought to present a real life circumstance to  inflict emotion. “Get back on the camel and go back to wherever you came from,” said the clerk. “You’re no American, you’re a terrorist.”

Put yourself in this woman’s shoes. How is this something to ignore? Imagine you’re one of the customers witnessing this act of injustice at a local bakery. Would you be one of the thirteen who stood up for the victim? One of the six who sided with the clerk? Or, one of the twenty-two who stood there and said…

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Petition to prosecute ATOS & the DWP

Yes, I know, some of my readers voted for the callous hyenas who support this ongoing cruelty. But hey – we all make mistakes.

Perhaps a prosecution (or even a large collection of signatures) will send a message

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to ConDem MPs preparing to face the electorate in a little over a year. Either way – this inhuman government and the profiteering ATOS really should be called to account.

Will you sign?

And he will be missed

My morning began much like any other. The sun rose, the alarm clock chimed its morning message and slowly I opened my eyes to greet the world.

Like so many others in today’s world I use my smartphone in lieu of an alarm clock and so my first task (after silencing the electronically generated morning cacophany) is to use it to check the morning news online. It wasn’t the best start to the day.

Within minutes of opening my eyes I heard the awful news….

Tony Benn is dead. This world will be a poorer place without the wisdom and eloquence of this fine old man of the left. Tony Benn wasn’t just a politician, he was a gentleman. And he will be missed.

He was eloquent and insightful with an almost uncanny ability to boil down apparently complex concepts into the simple fundamentals that grunts like me can understand. Consider for example his five questions for those in authority.
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I wonder how the unelected Tory government would respond to these questions. After all if it wasn’t for ‘Kingmaker Clegg’ there would be no tory government to represent the interests of the wealthy at all.

Tony Benn wasn’t just wise – he was compassionate too. Tony Benn wasn’t just a campaigner – he was a guru of the left. Tony Benn wasn’t just a politician – he was one of my heroes. And he will be missed.

Even well into old age he continued to campaign. I first heard him speak at a CND rally in the early 1980s. He was captivating. More recently he could be found demonstrating against the rise of fascism in UK and neoNazi groups such as the BNP and the EDL.
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Tony Benn didn’t just believe in equality and human rights – he dedicated his long life to their attainment. And he will be missed.

Tony Benn was happy to rock the boat when morality demanded it.
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And he respected those others who did the same.
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And he will be missed.

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