Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for “historical justice” comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.
Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances. But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the country and that their expulsion was a matter of bigotry. By contrast, the Muslims in Spain were colonial occupiers who called the territory Al-Andalus and imposed Arabic as the official language. Historians say their expulsion was a matter of decolonization.
The deeper truth is that the defeat of 1492 has not been forgiven or forgotten by Islamists. You may even recall Bin Laden referring to “the tragedy of Andalusia” – a reference to the Muslim defeat of 1492. Spain dare not grant potentially millions of muslims such citizenship.
The peace process establishment looks after its own and the quango merry go round always obliges. The media reports that former PUP leader and former Marie Stopes director has applied to be the next Victims Commissioner. I thought this was a good response from Ruth Dudley Edwards…
Dawn Purvis’ background as an apologist for killers cannot be erased. I am appalled that Dawn Purvis is to be interviewed for the job of Victims’ Commissioner. I don’t understand how she could have thought she should apply for the job. I understand even less why her application wasn’t immediately binned.
I have nothing personally against Purvis, who is a pleasant person to meet. And although there is plenty on which I disagree with her, she has courage. But let’s go back to basics. In 1994, she joined the PUP, which was linked to the UVF as closely as Sinn Fein was linked to the IRA. She stuck with it throughout the years when, even though it claimed to be on ceasefire, it murdered something in the region of 30 people.
Like Sinn Fein spokespeople, she argues against there being a hierarchy of victims. “Hurt and pain is the same for every individual”, she has said. And so it may be, but while we still have a moral compass we have to make a distinction between those who murdered and those who were murdered, those who bombed and those who were mutilated.
Is it so difficult to explain to potential applicants that the appointment will not be open to anyone who has ever been a member of, or an apologist for, any of the paramilitary organisations that have brought misery and devastation to Ireland? And to tell Dawn Purvis that a mistake has been made and she does not qualify?
It is ludicrous that someone who spoke up for murderers and bombers should be a serious contender for the job of comforting those bereaved by them. It is also wrong.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Ruth is right and so she can expect to be condemned. Those such as Purvis are lionised by the morally bankrupt establishment here and so we may end up with a Victim’s Commissionaire who once led a collective that created so many victims. The UVF and Red Hand Commados were utter scum and whilst Purvis was never involved with them she nonetheless postured for years as their political spokesperson.
Nothing like a big sports weekend to stir the soul. The New York Yankees play their hated rivals the Boston Red Sox. The Football draft is on. A pretty good boxing match is tuned up for Saturday. Hockey is in playoff mode and the running of the Kentucky Derby kicks off the first leg of the Triple Crown competition.
The Kentucky Derby puts me in the position of a lot of men my age, namely explaining why something that only lasts for two minutes still gives me enjoyment. Perhaps it is the Mint Juleps. In any event it is a fun event, even though we haven’t had Triple Crown winner since 1978
Probably the best sporting event is my son’s soccer game. He is five. I am not really sure it is soccer, more like herding cats, but it is fun. I coach, which basically involves avoiding a coronary event. So far, so good. So if you are on the field or in the stands this weekend, have a good time.
A boring week really here in the states for real political news. The peanut gallery is being fed the scenes orchestrated by the professional malcontents. In the mean time the real world goes on unnoticed.
Also I ask everyone look around your house, there has to be something you can throw in a donation bin for those poor people in Nepal a can of something. They’ve pulled over 6000 bodies from the rubble so far. Yesterday they did pull a teenage boy and woman out alive from two separate locations, but there is probably over 8000 dead. I was going to put up this song as a tribute, but decided to go another way.
One of the things in my life that has always given me pleasure is to lose myself in our modern day myths, tales of Knights. 100s of years ago they wore armor and rode horses. In today’s tales they are superheroes or timelords.
I tend to like the Dark Knights, on Netflix they just started a series on the DareDevil. A Blind Lawyer in Hells Kitchen by day, a vigilante by night. It is well written and well acted, dark and gritty. If you get a chance give it a look. Get lost in the struggle of good and evil and it’s subtleties.
The Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has apologised for remarks he made about living in Northern Ireland during a US TV interview earlier this month.
He had joked Northern Ireland’s Tourist Board celebrated three things – having Europe’s most bombed hotel, the Titanic which sank, and Game of Thrones itself. He described his show, made in Belfast, as the “most depressing” on TV.
However, he has since said he was not trying to be disrespectful and added that he now considers Belfast “home”.
I wish he hadn’t apologised at all. The local intelligentsia were outraged at Harington’s throwaway line when all he had done was point out the obvious.
Labour leader Ed Miliband attracted a lot of attention a few days ago by having a meeting with “comedian” and “activist” Russell Brand. Brand has been actively encouraging young people NOT to vote, innit?
The left were ecstatic and praised the vision of Comrade Miliband. One left wing newspaper even tweeted this remarkable comment on the meeting of grate minds. (sic)
It is a matter of fact that Plaid Cymru, and the SNP, have one thing in common. They seek the destruction of the United Kingdom. In that regard they are similar to Sinn Fein/IRA, minus the Semtex, But why do these petty nationalists seek to leave ONE union and join another – the European Union? This article explains it succinctly:
The real reason the nationalist parties want “independence” for their countries, whilst retaining EU membership is not self-determination; it’s bigotry. The SNP and Plaid Cymru, along with their supporters, want nothing more than to feel they are kicking it to the ‘oppressive’ English, as has happened throughout the centuries.
This is despite the fact that it is English taxpayers subsidising high public spending in Scotland which is allowing them to abolish tuition fees for Scots and EU migrants — just not for the English.
True believers in self-determination for Scotland and Wales should ask themselves whether they would have more say in their policies outside Britain but in the EU, or inside a devolved Britain outside the EU.
Those who do will realise that their cause of self-determination is best served by voting to Get Britain Out of the EU and not falling for the gimmicks of Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood.”
Britain’s fattest man doubled his weight in three years and now weighs a staggering 65 stone following his mother’s death.
Carl Thompson, 32, is confined to the ground floor flat where he lives alone in Dover, Kent, after doubling his weight from 30 to 65 stone.
He consumes 10,000 calories a day eating takeaways and medics fear for his health unless he sheds the pounds. Mr Thompson is now too heavy to walk or wash himself, and has a team of NHS carers to bathe him. He said he sought comfort in food after the death of his mother in 2012 from a brain tumour. He told them: “That’s how I put all this weight on. I was very close to my mum.”
Now then, at one level you have to feel so sorry for his loss. No one should underestimate how this can affect a person. But on the other hand, he is eating himself into an early grave at our expense. He has a TEAM of NHS carers for goodness sake. Me Thompson needs to shake himself, stop gorging and do his mother the honour of respecting his own life, the life she gave him 32 years ago.
This general election campaign has been so stage managed by all the major political parties that each so-called Leader has been kept away from any possibility of encountering hostile voters. That came to an end last night as the BBC hosted Question Time forced Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to actually have to try and deal with angry and forceful voters.
In the most dramatic scenes of a hitherto stage-managed campaign, Ed Miliband came under fire over Labour’s record on the economy, immigration, welfare and Europe. The Labour leader, who stumbled as he left the stage, was accused of lying about his party’s economic record, failing to learn the lessons of the mistakes of his last time in government and mocked over the infamous note left by a Labour minister admitting there was ‘no money’ left. To compound a miserable evening, the Labour leader tripped and stumbled as he left the BBC Question Time stage.
During separate Question Time sessions on BBC One, David Cameron had a rough ride as he was forced to insist that he did not want to cut child benefit or child tax credits as part of Tory plans to slash £12billion from the welfare bill. He was also pressed on his record on immigration and the number of families relying on food banks.
And Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg defended his decision to enter coalition with the Tories for the good of the country, even if his party faces wipeout in the election.
A snap poll showed Mr Cameron had emerged victorious with 44 per cent saying he had performed best, while 38 per cent favour Mr Miliband. Some 19 per cent put Mr Clegg down as the winner.
Miliband was indeed woeful, Cameron was a tad smug and Clegg was desperate to appear to be the man of reason. All three of them looked uncomfortable at times, which is a good thing the way I see it.
Miliband’s performance was the most telling from my perspective. He flatly denied that the last Labour government of which he was a member had overspent. This is an incredible piece of hubris and it shows that he (and his Party) prefer to live in denial than deal with the facts. He also went very close to ruling out any sort of deal with the SNP. But since his Party cannot possibly win a majority, and will by most polls finish second to the Conservatives in terms of seats, it makes you wonder how he thinks he has any chance of governing? I believe he would come to some form of loose arrangement with the Scottish separatists and all that we heard was just pre poll hype.
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