Casablanca – The disparagement of philosophy in an Islamic education textbook has created controversy and prompted philosophy teachers in Morocco to organize sit-ins from December 21 to 23 in denunciation of the misinformation, which they considered “dangerous.” [...] “Manar At-tarbia Al-Islamiya”, for first year baccalaureate students, qualifies philosophy as “perversion and blasphemy.”
This is not an isolated case. Al-Azhar, the highest authority of Islamic thought in the world, forbids the study of philosophy, as it encourages critical thought and challenges faith.
For a great 10 minute video on Al-Azhar and its relationship with terrorism organizations like Al-Qaeda, click here.
The scheme will be trailed in 18 areas identified as vulnerable with identification having to be produced by voters following fears of “endemic corruption”.
Some areas susceptible to rigging including Bradford and Birmingham and the pilots will take place during local elections in May 2018 before being used nationwide.
In 2015, the mayor of a Muslim area in the UK called, "Tower Hamlets" was removed from office because of massive voter fraud.
3. Seven refugees arrested for setting a homeless man on fire in Berlin.
The men, aged between 15 and 21 years, allegedly set the clothes of a homeless person on fire in the subway station Schönleinstraße on Christmas Eve, and then fled by subway. The man was sleeping on a bench. He was not injured, as passers-by intervened. A subway train driver who was witnessing the incident rushed to help with a fire extinguisher. [...] Six of the suspects are born in Syria, one in Libya, she confirms upon enquiry. "They immigrated as refugees", a speaker tells Süddeutsche Zeitung. She did not announce when they came to Germany.
4. First female fixed wing pilot in Afghanistan, requests asylum in US, saying things in Afghanistan are "getting worse and worse" for women.
[...] Captain Rahmani denied to return to Afghanistan last week after completing months of further training in the United States, citing security concerns while requesting asylum in the country. [...]
Capt. Rahmani broke a sobering piece of news to her American trainers, saying she still wants to be a military pilot, but not under her country’s flag. This summer, she filed a petition seeking asylum in the United States, where she hopes to eventually join the Air Force.
“Things are not changing” for the better in Afghanistan, Captain Rahmani told The New York Times in an interview on Friday. “Things are getting worse and worse.”
5. Flero, Italy: Schoolchildren BANNED from singing "Silent Night" over fears it will OFFEND other religions.
Elena Franceschini, the culture commissioner for the town of Bresciano, said: "Even if the state and the school claim to be secular, we would like to have ‘Christmas Concerts’ and not ‘Winter Recitals’ where children can feel free to sing Holy Night without thinking that this offends or excludes pupils who belong to other cultures or other religions or who declare to be atheists.”
It is not the first time children in Italy have been censored over Christmas.
Last week Express.co.uk reported schoolchildren in an Italian town had been banned from mentioning Jesus in Christmas songs.
As a follow up on a story the Rebel has been reporting, the minority Christian incumbent, on trial for blasphemy in Indonesia, will proceed says federal court.
The blasphemy controversy erupted when a video circulated online in which Ahok lightheartedly said that people were being deceived if they believed his detractors who asserted that the Quran prohibits Muslims from having a non-Muslim leader.
The five-judge panel overruled defense arguments that the indictment submitted by prosecutors had inaccuracies and should be annulled.
Hearings will resume next Tuesday at the North Jakarta District Court, which will be moved to southern Jakarta after the Supreme Court approved the prosecutors' request for a bigger courtroom. [...]
The charge against Ahok stems from his rebuttal of a Muslim running for the same office, who said that Koran forbids a non-Muslim from ruling over Muslims. This is technically correct.
But Ahok suggested this might not be literally true, and for this he could face five years for blasphemy. Not for insulting Islam or Allah or Mohammad, but for suggesting one element of it does not have to immediately disenfranchise him as incumbent.
Or as he himself said, "His comments were not an interpretation of the Quran and that he was only referring to certain politicians 'who exploited the verses incorrectly because they do not want to compete fairly in the election.'"