I am a Feminist.

Okay, so I wanted to write a post on feminism and this video seemed like a good place to start. You may have seen the above video circling around Facebook, which is captioned “This is what happens if you ask the Prime Minister if they are a feminist in Britain and Canada”. My dad viewed this video and he pointed out that, to him, it seemed as if the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was just trying to be “popular” and how David Cameron is right in justifying his reason to call himself a feminist.

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Ethical Implications in the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are found twice in the Old Testament, once in Exodus 20: 1-17 and another time in Deuteronomy 5: 6-21. They are known together as the Decalogue. They differ slightly but primarily mean the same. The Ten Commandments, or the “Ten Words” in Jewish tradition, were given by Moses at Mount Sinai, they were the words of God. They were intended to tell the people of Israel on how they should live as a society, but as a result they have had a huge influential impact on the world. They play a fundamental role in Christianity and they have influenced laws and morals from the ancient world to the modern day. I am going to discuss the ethical implications of the Decalogue from a historical perspective, predominantly from the view of the ancient world such as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Israel.

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Is Islam a violent and intolerant faith?

“It should be no surprise that the deepest rift to have opened up since September 11th is that between America and the world’s Muslims.”

(The Economist[1])

It is difficult to define Islam, it is obviously a religious faith but it can also be described as a political ideology and in other contexts, it can be described as a mark of personal and group identity (Ruthven 1997: p. 2). Due to horrific actions from a minority of Muslims, the Islamic faith has created numerous discussions over the years. There has always been Islamic fundamentalists, just like any other religion such as Christianity and the Ku Klux Klan. However, since the events on September 11th 2001, Islam seemed to have resurfaced. The Islamic faith seemed to be screaming, but why with such violence? Due to attacks on innocent civilians from Islamic extremists over recent years such as 9/11, 7/7 and most recently the Brussels attacks, many people have understandably asked the question of whether Islam is a violent and intolerant faith?

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