The Dilemma for the Labour Party.


Is it time to go for the benefit of the Labour Party?

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The Labour Party is in a dilemma.

The parliamentary party is overwhelmingly opposed to Jeremy Corbyn and his policies (vote of no confidence 172/40). The MPs are moderate watered down Tories.

The grassroots of the Labour Party are in favour of Jeremy (60/40).

The Trade Unions are in favour of Jeremy.

The wider electorate are lukewarm at best.

The media are extremely antagonistic.

The dilemma is whether to stick with Jeremy and his principles and find themselves unelectable or to drop Jeremy and move to the centre with the parliamentary MPs (watered down Tories) and become more electable.

My dilemma is this:

I support Jeremy and his policies

I cannot see how he can put together a credible cabinet with such little support from MPs.

I was unimpressed with his lacklustre performance during the referendum campaign

I do not think he manages the media well.

I do not see the charisma and…

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Buddhists and Quakers


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Buddhists and Quakers

It seems to me that human beings are psychologically hard-wired to relish ritual and pageant. We are enthralled and impressed by it. The ploys of fancy dress, high hats, big thrones and sceptres always work. We apply ourselves to ritual washing and ostentatious prayer, chanting, singing and reciting with gusto and find it reassuring. We take the ornate palaces, cathedrals and mosques as proof. We see the Castles, Palaces, and pageant as evidence of unassailable power.

We are gullible and easily duped.

The same tactics rarely failed in the past. The planet is festooned with abandoned pyramids, stone-circles and mounds that are testament to past religions that have blossomed and perished. Ruined castles, sacked fortresses and toppled statues are testament to power overthrown.

Religion is about power. We have a need to feel that someone is in control – ultimately god, but in the meantime the imams…

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Anecdote – The Real Meaning of Christmas


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A nice tree with a gnarled spirit!

Another nice tree to worship.

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Father Christmas

Doesn’t look like a shaman to me – high on some hallucinatory drug!

The Real Meaning of Christmas

The real meaning of Christmas is locked away in pagan mythology. Most religions that usurp other religions take over the ceremonies of previous religions and modify and adopt them. Christianity did this with both Christmas and Easter.

What we now have as a Christmas celebration – the birth of Jesus with all the nativity scenes – is actually a celebration of the winter solstice.

The winter solstice was celebrated by ancient tribes all over the world. It is, in the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. The days are drawing out, though, because of the way the earth cools, the coldest winter months are still all ahead. This celebration was accompanied by ritual and feasting.

We see a…

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Why I Will Celebrate Christmas as a Muslim.


The true voice.

My Spiritual Interpretations

Today, I am getting ready to go to a Christmas party held at my best friend’s house. As an American muslim, this tradition has been around me all my life and if you grew up in an open minded household you learn to respect other’s holidays and traditions. I luckily did grow up in one.

We have a tree, give presents and enjoy yummy holiday treats. Why not? It is a time to share with those closest to you and to strangers. Islam is all about providing the bridge that connects people to each other after so long of being divided. As a muslim, I am fiercely fighting to unite what was divided by greedy and ignorant men of the past and present within religion. My weapon of choice is love and education.

Through the Quran, muslims are told how important it is to give to others and to share…

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