August 27, 2009


Cattle Dealer (ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS, September 2009, Standpoint)

The New Statesman has long prided itself on its left-wing, liberal and agnostic reputation. [Mehdi Hasan]'s appointment [as senior editor (politics)] is possibly the final nail in the coffin of this image, which has been gradually eroding over the last decade.

In July, an audio tape was released by a leading blog, Harry's Place, of a fiery speech Hasan delivered at the al-Khoei foundation, a Shia centre in London. [...]

Addressing an audience made up mainly of young Muslims, he says: "The kaffar, the disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the Koran; they are described in the Koran as, ‘a people of no intelligence', Allah describes them as; not of no morality, not as people of no belief — people of ‘no intelligence' — because they're incapable of the intellectual effort it requires to shake off those blind prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about this world...In this respect, the Koran describes the atheists as ‘cattle', as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2009 1:26 PM
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