About

The Spittoon is a blog venue for the views and ideas of a group of writers and activists who oppose religious supremacism and clerical fascism in all its various stripes and denominations. It aims to contribute ideas to that intellectual tradition, now losing ground to power structures and religious “orthodoxies”. Ideas which respect ‘a willingness to dialogue, a spirit of criticism, moderation of judgment, philological scruple, a sense of the complexity of things’.

By taking on issues related to politics and religious identity, the Spittoon takes a strong line against politicised religious extremism and restrictions on free speech in our society today. The Spittoon recognises the need to address rising levels of racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim bigotry without resorting to unhelpful and trivialising accusations of “Islamophobia”.

The Spittoon is committed to the principles of liberal democracy, a pluralist, non-sectarian society and the protection of universal Enlightenment values, human rights and secularism. The Spittoon champions the work of activists, writers and intellectuals striving against the proponents of grossly simplifying ideas which advocate the use of extremism and violence to achieve their aims. These reductivist offshoots of belief systems, rooted in patriarchial and primitive tendencies, which are now resurgent political ideologies will be challenged here on the Spittoon.

By doing so, we hope to contribute to a renewal of the politics of democratic radicalism by providing a forum for serious analysis and debate.


Comments Policy

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.” – Thomas Paine

The Spittoon is a privately run blog and the editors reserve the right to remove any comment without entering into correspondence over their decisions. Free and frank discussion is always encouraged at the Spittoon, and we expect  commenters to principally moderate themselves. We fully appreciate that discussions can often often result in heated exchanges replete with colourful language and ask you to respect others at all times especially when passions are aroused.

Disclaimer

The fact that a comment appears, or has not been deleted, in no way implies an endorsement by The Spittoon of that comment or its author’s views. Quite simply, we do not have the time or resources to police the comments section in the way newspapers or professional content providers do. Comments submitted are owned by the person who made them and are not the views of the site’s editors, contributors, guest posters or other commentators.

14 Comments

  1. Posted February 5, 2011 at 5:37 AM | Permalink

    Interesting conversations. Some of the topics have dynamic debating outcomes, like ‘Cageprisoners Promotes Hizb-ut-Tahrir’ and ‘The Victimisation of Moderate Muslims’.

  2. Agha
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

    We fully appreciate that discussions can often often result in heated exchanges replete with colourful language and ask you to respect others at all times especially when passions are aroused.

    You have to admit that your biggest fan, Abu Faris, has quite the potty mouth.

    A question: Do you believe Islamists should be allowed to participate in elections? Political exclusion has been shown to foster violent radicalism.

    If you want to get more ordinary Muslims to support you, then posting the articles of hate-mongerers, polemics against Islam, and having your fans spout factually bereft vitriol isn’t going to help.

    And “freedom of thought”? LOL. This blog is intolerant of anyone who puts in any effort into respecting their religion. The good folks who run this site certainly don’t display “moderation.” It’s “freedom of thought” as long as you hold perpetually evil Islam in contempt.

  3. Posted June 15, 2011 at 10:49 PM | Permalink

    This is a blog, nothing more. No one here is looking to be “representative” of the Ummah, or trying to mobilise “support”. It’s a place to discuss and critique received opinions and beliefs. If you are uncomfortable with the points of view then find somewhere else where you are.

    This blog is not intolerant of anyone who puts effort in respecting their religion. It is critical of anyone who tries to defend and excuse racism, misogyny, religious intolerance and homophobia in the name of their religion. That, we believe, is true disrespect of their religion and to humanity.

  4. Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

    Agha

    You are a rather refined trouble-maker.

  5. Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

    As well as a %#^@*(&$(*&(*&- sucking *)(*(#*)(*@#@-er.

    LOL

  6. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    “This blog is not intolerant of anyone who puts effort in respecting their religion. ”

    Effendi is clearly lying . . .

    as this comment will highlight:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    He has absolutely no trouble lying and abusing you – if you are a Muslim. That is – if you disagree with him.

    - –

    The Ramadan photo for 2013 – is meant to be nothing more than demeaning. It is not criticism of any kind. . . . but meant to be abusive.

  7. Effendi
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    We welcome your opinions but we cannot be held responsible for them.

    Thank you for your comment.

  8. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    Notice folks:

    http://www.spittoon.org/archives/11840#comment-30789

    The difference of attitude!

    “Am I lying? Or have you just shown yourself to be a bit of a self-important buffoon”

    – - -

    He banned me – and lied about it.

    I proved it at the time – by getting an IP proxy . . . as it touched a live nerve – his attempt at discrediting me was this:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    Now he might find a comment where I have made “things” – and he might find many . . .

    But I wouldn’t hold your breath.

    - – -

    The thing is – if you did defend Islam . . . you will get labelled with all sorts . . .as prove by this . . . self important buffoon. . .

    [In future try using something more 'earthy' to hurl at me. . . the Urban Dictionary will help you out! ]

  9. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    oihjjoj

  10. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    “Buffoon”

  11. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    http://www.spittoon.org/archives/11840#comment-30796

    The attitude difference!

    spittoon.org/archives/11840#comment-30796

    “Am I lying? Or have you just shown yourself to be a bit of a self-important buffoon?”

    - –

    You’ve lied on several counts – you did ban me.

    And this too is an obvious lie and insult:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    - – -

    [P.S. Dear - If you are going to insult - then please something more 'earthy' . . .the Urban dictionary will help you out. ]

  12. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    http://www.spittoon.org/archives/11840#comment-30796

    The attitude difference!

    spittoon.org[/]archives[/]11840#comment-30796

    “Am I lying? Or have you just shown yourself to be a bit of a self-important buffoon?”

    - –

    You’ve lied on several counts – you did ban me.

    And this too is an obvious lie and insult:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    - – -

    [P.S. Dear - If you are going to insult - then please something more 'earthy' . . .the Urban dictionary will help you out. ]

  13. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    The attitude difference!

    archives[/]11840#comment-30796

    “Am I lying? Or have you just shown yourself to be a bit of a self-important buffoon?”

    - –

    You’ve lied on several counts – you did ban me.

    And this too is an obvious lie and insult:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    - – -

    [P.S. Dear - If you are going to insult - then please something more 'earthy' . . .the Urban Dictionary will help you out. ]

  14. Amin Riadh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    I have proved beyond doubt – Effendi is a liar. . . his lie:

    “but, judging by your previous comments, you have consistently shown yourself to be willing to make things up for effect. ”

    I have not made anything up.

    I have asked for proof. . . in return got plenty of insults!

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