I Won’t Cry For You, Sally Jones

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The death of UK-born Isis recruiter, Sally Jones, may be considered regrettable for one reason only. Had she been captured, she may have given us valuable information concerning the methods used in the recruitment of terrorists. Under the circumstances, though, her death could not have been avoided. So far as her son is concerned, one […]

Dressed To Thrill: Meet The “Kini’s”

burkini discrimination

When we stopped over in a hotel in Strasbourg, on our way down to Italy, my son was looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool. We were deeply disappointed to find out that the hotel rules did not allow boxer-short-type swimming trunks, the reason being that such trunks “disturbed other clients”. “Discriminatie” (discrimination) […]

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Islamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of life. They are trying to drive a wedge between the Islamic community, which they are […]

Tolerance In The Attic

If ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

The Moral Landslide: Defying Discrimination

I’ll be honest with you. Before writing this post, I had no idea what a “LGBT person” actually was. “In what sort of world is this guy living?”, I hear you ask. Well, I live in the same world as you, but the meaning of this dreadful label that has been tagged on the shoulders […]

EU Citizens and Brexit: “Leave if You Want to, The Expat’s Not For Leaving.”

The title of this post paraphrases something Margaret Thatcher said during the 1980 Conservative Party Conference. Having been asked on several occasions by the media whether she would perform a U-turn concerning her economic and social policies, she had always replied that she wasn’t one to change her mind. At the conference she spoke a […]

Voltaire: “Dieu que je t’aime…moi non plus.”

  Article in French in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France Article en Français à la mémoire des victimes de l’attentat de Nice, France (English version: see previous post)       Un des défis philosophiques actuels le plus important est celui de l’intolérance, et, en particulier, l’intolérance religieuse.   Une […]

Voltaire: “My God Hates You, but I don’t.”

One of the most important philosophical challenges we are facing today is that of intolerance, particularly religious intolerance. Last night’s atrocities in France remind us all of how far these intolerant lunatics are prepared to go.   One of the possible explanations of why believers react so violently when challenged, is a phenomenon known as […]

Hannah Arendt Part II – “The Banality of Evil” – The UK Referendum on Europe

 Now the dust has settled a little on the referendum result that many observers did not foresee. Of course we still have to clear up the dust to see the extent of the damage, if any, the UK voters have caused both in their own country and in Europe. I really hope both sides win […]

Hannah Arendt Part I: The Lasting Effect of “The Banality of Evil” – a football match

The last time that I was so angry and sad was in the summer of 1982. On the same day that I qualified as a dentist, France was playing West Germany in the World Cup semi-finals in Spain. Maybe you remember that match. For me it was one of the best football matches that I […]