It is downright creepy for London's mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone - already associated with Islamist fundamentalists - to tell his audience, "I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim in London knows and understands [Mohammed's] words and message." He was speaking at the North London Central Mosque, also called the Finsbury Park Mosque, controlled previously by terrorist recruiter Abu Hamza.
Try to imagine how much his words would have been condemned if he had instead been speaking to members of a church and told them his mission as mayor would be to spread the word of Jesus Christ. Or imagine how foolish he would appear to be for educating Londoners in the pantheon of the Greek gods or the cult of the flying spaghetti monster.
Secular societies have nothing to learn about things like freedom, tolerance and the rule of law, or for that matter, the proper mix of commercial and residential zoning permits, from religious texts. In fact, the Koran in particular is an eggregious example of a theological text that guides its followers in the opposite of what we so rightly esteem as humanist and democratic...More >>