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[The bomb threat sent to Concordia University and several media outlets.]

The islamophobic bomb threat sent to Concordia University

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  1. “I know words are supposed to matter but they don’t much, in this case, because everyone knows what Islamophobia means.

    The above romp through ideological history is an excellent read. I probably haven’t appreciated the intended irony in full quite yet.

    I have a hazy idea of what Islamophobia may mean, but it probably is only my interpretation of what I think people, who view these religious practices “as of the devil”, emotionally experience. As an atheist I can appreciate the anti-humanism aspect of Islamic practices as well as the anti-science delusional personalities it fosters. This is similar in every way to the other two versions of monotheistic totalitarianisms.

    Again, as an atheist, I am only aware of the Muslims’ less familiar attire. Do I care? Well yes I do. As modern thinking people we have been challenging religious concepts and privileges of our more familiar compatriots. The continual flow of Catholic and Muslim immigrants, from overly populated climatically devastated countries, just adds to the efforts required to relegate religious domination to the superstitiously civilised past.

    On the bright side, intermarriage is probably the most powerful stifling influence on stupid religious ideas. So let the marriage partners ferret out the foolishness of misogynistic, mind-controlling fables. In the immediate future, great efforts will be required to protect secular education and civil law from ever more raving lunatics.

    • Does your atheism also allow you to notice the utterly woeful dearth of adequate and honest discussion in the West on its self-defeating, wholly self-contradictory, yet extensive, role in the atrocities and basic day to day goings on in the Middle East and the institutions proclaimed and advanced by said West as solutions to these problems? In the name purportedly of secularism?

      Or is your job as an atheist to point out religious contributions to death and destruction exclusively?

      • And honestly I should really be saying the World, and especially the World “Powers”, for who it is difficult to find as complete a total failure at performing their self-described and popularly mandated purpose, via the Security Council, of providing global Peace and Stability.

        The UN was established specifically for that purpose. To be the one and only international body for global Peace and Stability. To ensure this.

        Thanks to the Security Council it should really have its mandate changed to The Global International Body for the Promotion of Genocide and Sticking of Feet Up One’s Own Ass.

      • I had to read this a few times.

        The west’s involvement in the Middle East’s unrelenting religious sandstorms is tragic. It seems to be driven by messianic delusional winds of something referred to as undeniable, prophesied Raptures.

        These deluded Christians, in our Western Democracies, are equally guilty of the continual Middle Eastern atrocities as are the Wahhabis. What we are looking at here is the fundamental flaw in democracy itself. A majority of superstitious citizens will ultimately seriously degrade any society.

        The first World War has been attributed to religious differences amongst the European and Asian Countries. What we are seeing in the Middle East is just the continuation of these warring fables.

        Liberal governments actively support religious authority within the immigrant populations. Religionists, like our Prime Minister, see the civilizing affect of Islam as a good thing. What these political religionist don’t see is the desire of many of our immigrants to escape a religious identity.

        Many, many religious studies practitioners point out the totally human creation of all known religious dogmas. Liberal politicians are totally immune to this actuality. Why? Most probably because of perceived expediency. When a country becomes, by majority, none of the above, the politicians will mysteriously accept modern secular scholarship as obvious to anyone with even the smallest amount common sense.

  2. “Young people use metric the most, but nearly everyone thinks of their height and weight in imperial.”

    It is very difficult to engage people in any enjoyable conversation about units of measure. It is actually has a somewhat comical and entertaining history. Currently, there are deluded American who would dearly love to measure everything in cubits.

    Speaking of American, they were officially on the metric system from their very beginning. All their familiar units of measure are defined in metric standards. The people who decided this was the way of the future, Jefferson amongst others, did it for very similar reasons as out former Prime Minister, Pierre.

    I was tasked with creating a new set of metric plans for a large factory crane system so new cranes could be fabricated to the new metric standards. The first difficulty was locating domestic steel shapes in millimeters. The most unexpected mistake was about bolt torque specification. The European design technicians, working for me, grew up in the metric system and were convinced they knew exactly how to do this. Unfortunately for us Canada was on the new SI metric system, which was an absolute system, as opposed to the old metric gravitational system, so the torque specification had to be in Newton Metres and not Kilogram Meters.

    Have you fallen asleep yet? This ‘unit of measurement’ confusion has caused passenger airplanes to run out of fuel and unsuspecting mechanics to purchase out of date torque wrenches. Politicians have tried their best. Today we are faced with Imperial System phobia and irrational metric hatred.

  3. “Gouging”

    You write as if the universities are specifically singling out US refugee students to charge them more than anyone else.

    Rather, they are changing the same rate that any other international student would be changed.

    This isn’t just a Canada thing. It happens in the US, which was good enough for them, as well. (Indeed, they were probably paying EVEN MORE in the US, and paying it in US dollars as well).

    Why should Canada give these people a break that they were never seeking in the first place? Is our education somehow sub-standard to what they were getting?

    My solution is that information, particularly educational information, should be free (in terms of availability and cost). There is little to no reason to physically attend a university, if your goal is education, rather than dating or sports or social networking. Certain infrastructure like labs and machinery do need to be available, but you don’t need the whole campus surrounding them. It would be far better to operate more, smaller locations.

  4. “But islamophobia still doesn’t exist, right bigots?”

    You assume everyone who makes this claim is a bigot, which plainly is false.

    Further, you assume that the arson was done by a bigot, which you cannot possibly know.

    However, it sure is interesting who made those threats on Muslim students at Concordia. Let’s see how that plays out.

    Because, you know, nobody ever hoaxes this, or anything…

  5. “Fuck you Kellie Leitch”

    I’ve paid almost zero attention to this person, as I have no particular interest in the Conservatives post-Rona, but this automatically makes me like her.

  6. [NaN-Mar-2017]

    A date as fake as the news it’s tied to.

  7. > You write as if the universities are specifically singling out US refugee students to charge them more than anyone else.

    No, I don’t. Not only is that literally the opposite of what the article linked to says, in my own text I clearly stated that this is an issue that affects students “from many different countries”.

    You simply have terrible reading comprehension skills.

    > “But islamophobia still doesn’t exist, right bigots?”
    >
    > You assume everyone who makes this claim is a bigot, which plainly is false.

    No, I don’t. I addressed the *question* to bigots. That’s not the same thing. (In fact, I *don’t* believe everyone who makes that claim is a bigot.)

    Once again, your poor reading comprehension has failed you.

    > Further, you assume that the arson was done by a bigot, which you cannot possibly know.

    The police assume the arson was done by a bigot, and there is very good reason for them to do so.

    You assume that you know what I’m thinking beyond what is actually in the written text, which you cannot possibly know.

    Once again, this is an issue of poor reading comprehension.

    > “Fuck you Kellie Leitch”
    >
    > I’ve paid almost zero attention to this person, as I have no particular interest in the Conservatives post-Rona, but this automatically makes me like her.

    In that case:

    Fuck you, Pope Francis.
    Fuck you, Anjem Choudary.
    Fuck you, Hitler.
    Fuck you, Justin Bieber.

    I suppose I’ve just made you an even more unpleasant person.

    > [NaN-Mar-2017]
    >
    > A date as fake as the news it’s tied to.

    That’s not news. It’s an opinion piece. It not only says so right at the top and in the link, it does so *twice* in each case, calling it both “opinion” and “commentary”. You really should learn to tell the difference between news and someone’s opinion.

    You really do have a *serious* reading comprehension problem.

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