Hypatia

Heladius Dignitary: The majority of us here… have accepted Christ. Why not the rest of you? It’s only a matter of time and you know it. Hypatia: Really? It is just a matter of time?… As far as I am aware, your God has not yet proved himself to be more just or more merciful…

On the Challenge of Cultural Relativism

The Roman Skeptic, Sextus Empiricus, was one of the first to propose this theory of Cultural Relativism. The theory suggests that there may not be any objective standard for right and wrong (Gardner, “Beyond Cultural Relativism” 38). James Rachels’ essay, The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, is primarily a critique of cultural relativism and, in a…

Sana Khawan-E-Taqdees Mashriq Kahan Hain?

You people are really lucky if you understand Jalib and this extract of his on the Women of the East.   “Ye Bhooki Nigahein Haseeno Ki Janib, Lapakte Howay Paon Zeeno Ki Janib, Sana Khawan-E-Taqdees Mashriq Kahan Hain? Yahan Peer Bhi Aa Chuke Hain Jawan Bhi, Tanomand Bete Bhi Abba Mian Bhi, Ye Bivi Bhi…

On The Challenge of Cultural Relativism

The Roman Skeptic, Sextus Empiricus, was one of the first to propose this theory of Cultural Relativism. The theory suggests that there may not be any objective standard for right and wrong (Gardner, “Beyond Cultural Relativism” 38). James Rachels’ essay, The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, is primarily a critique of cultural relativism and, in a…

Chance

There is a power that is beyond our comprehension, beyond our control, it kills us when we least expect it and rewards us when we least deserve it. It is a mysterious force that does not work for us. All our plans and schemes, our dreams and hard work, our thoughts and ideas are useless.…

Recent Gruesome Highlights

Recent gruesome highlights, staring us in the face: 1. A 45 year old widow raped in the name of honor and on the orders of a panchayat. The ‘experienced elders’ felt she should hate men and this was the only idea they could come up with. 2. A lecturer hurt in acid attack. She was…

Muslims define Islam!

Pakistan’s favorite argument: There are just a few people that are bringing shame to this country and our religion of peace. Eh, no, you are mistaken. There are more than a few. There are enough people to redefine this country and the religion. Men make religions! People define Islam! Muslims define Islam. Islam is no…

Growing up is a bitch!

I am not a patriot and excuse me for that. A girl has to sacrifice everything growing up in this country. There used to be a time when I had to worry about homework and when I was done with that the whole world was mine. Television was not my only entertainment and I barely…

The Misinterpreted Tribute to Aitezaz

A version of this article was published by the Express Tribune at Ejaz Haider is right, we do not need more Aitizaz Hasans Ejaz Haider wrote an intelligent satire, paying tribute to Aitezaz Hassan, the boy who had to die in order to save hundreds of students from a suicide attack. The thesis of his…

Deontology in Crito

We find in Plato’s dialogue Crito that Socrates too, like Kant, was an advocate of Deontological Ethics. The word ‘deon’ comes from a Greek word that is commonly translated into the English word, duty. And so, Deontological Ethics define morality in terms of adherence to duty, rules and laws. In simpler words, Deontological Ethics hold…

What the Drone is all about?

‘The technologies to kill them move faster than the bureaucracies that would keep more of them alive: a Hellfire missile moves at a thousand miles per hour; transparency and accountability do not.’ via Theory of the drone 12: ‘Killing well’?.

“Corrupt Lifafah Fake Liberal”

Now look what the liberals want to do. They want to rearrange our history textbooks and fill them up with lies that Ghaznavi Bhai was not the first Pakistani and that Imran Khan is not a tsunami. He bestest politician in hole wide widewide world & earth and universe & cosmos & Mianwali and you…

For Apologists– With Love

Here is a history of all the peace talks that lead to nowhere: A History of Peace Agreements Are you sure you still want to negotiate with the terrorists and give them more time to organize? I fear that is exactly what Taliban Khan wants for HIS people.  

Throwback to the 6th Century

Islam won the hearts of Arab women by banning prevalent malpractices such as female infanticide. Pakistan’s Taliban, and its numerous terrorist associates, are a throwback to the 6th century, and a disgrace to the religion they profess. Read more, here.  

We’re all Rape Accomplices

Every individual who propagates the deplorable myth that women are inherently dependent on or weaker than men is a rape accomplice. Every person who scorns at a girl for not catering to their definition of decency is a rape accomplice. Anyone who is a flag-bearer of double standards of modesty for men and women is…

Patriotism is not my thing!

99% of the evil Amreeki would let me be if i am wearing a tank top and shorts. 99% of the saints of my beloved country would eat me alive even if I am covered head to toe. Talk to me about patriotism in another universe perhaps! Hadeel Naeem

Could it be all that ‘bad’?

Sadly though, that statement still rings true in some quarters of Pakistan. This is the thinking of a nation that has an almost infantile approach to its beliefs. It clings to its teachings, without question, because it is so afraid and so ignorant and so fearful of everything on the outside and anything that might…

What in these circumstances should an enlightened male do?

I get letters from engineers who cannot understand Einstein, and from parsons who think that I cannot understand Genesis, from husbands whose wives have deserted them – not (they say) that that would matter, but the wives have taken the furniture with them, and what in these circumstances should an enlightened male do? Bertrand Russell…

Tolstoy on War

“You consider war to be inevitable? Very good. Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance-guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, to lead them all!” Leo Tolstoy  

Education in Pakistan-Hoodbhoy

“Education creates a thinking mind that can look at facts to see if they are actually true, and emphasises the use of reason and observation to make decisions. An educated person should be able to entertain a thought even without accepting it, and thus to be able to make informed judgments. For all this it…

You are the Devil’s Gateway

“Do you not know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the Devil’s gateway: You are the unsealer of the forbidden tree: You are the first deserter of the divine law: You are she…

Late have I Loved You

“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not…

Rise in Exrtremism

“Today, our country is more fragmented than ever before. The rise in extremism is owing to the”overdose of religion given to young Pakistanis”.–Pervez Hoodbhoy