About this site
Writings on Politics and Religion
Dr. Mark Humphrys
Irish academic and lecturer.
Occasional Sunday Times column.
Pro-freedom of religion.
End tyranny everywhere.
End Islamic law.
"Religion and Politics" pages
These are my "Religion and Politics" pages - the topics you should not discuss in polite society.
So I don't.
Instead, I discuss them here.
If you cannot stand robust discussion, then please do not enter.
Started in 1994 or 1995
This may be
the oldest extant political blog in Ireland.
I started a website in 1994.
I started putting politics/religion material onto it in
late 1994 or early 1995.
I had politics/religion material
10 Jan 1995.
As at 1999 my politics/religion site was here.
Let me know
if you know of a political blog in Ireland which is older.
There are surviving
of my site from 2001.
(There are no earlier archive.org copies
because the servers it was on before this
Here is my
section on Islam
If offended, please do not read
These pages have grown slowly over the years, from a
simple set of political links
to detailed analysis explaining what I think.
Is it a bad idea to put my political/religious ideas online for the world to see?
Maybe. Maybe not.
You only live once.
If you're the kind of person who is going to be upset by other people's
political and religious ideas, then go away.
Please do not read any further.
Just take it as read that Humphrys has political and religious ideas
you don't agree with, and go away.
Because so does everybody, if you really get to know them.
Why are people so emotional about Religion and Politics?
These are my
"Religion and Politics"
- the topics you should not discuss
in polite society.
Why? Because they are the areas of human thought governed
by meme competition.
As a result, these are the areas of human thought
where humans are the most irrational,
emotional and violent.
If you're not interested in my opinions on these matters,
feel free to leave.
On the other hand, if you like robust debate with your opponents,
and you want to construct a logical argument,
go ahead and engage.
This site is topic-sorted, not date-sorted
This site is topic-sorted (like Wikipedia), not date-sorted (the blog format).
The blog format has two big advantages:
- It is date-sorted. So you can drop in regularly and see exactly
what is new since your last visit.
- External links always work, because what you are reading
are always recently-created external links.
The major disadvantage of blogs
is it is hard to find similar material
grouped together by topic.
Once it has scrolled off the front page, it tends to be gone and forgotten,
like last year's newspaper articles.
Compare trying to understand, say, the Israeli conflict by going through
articles for 20 years
in the archives of a newspaper,
versus reading a book with all the important material in one place.
I prefer to build up a "book"
rather than a "newspaper".
So, like Wikipedia, this is more a topic-sorted library than
a date-sorted blog.
This site is however similar to a blog in the sense that:
However, it's different to a blog in that:
- A lot (but not all) of it is about current events.
- It's by an individual.
- It's full of annotated links.
- I add links regularly as I read new stuff.
- I add the new links all over the site in different topic areas.
is as close as this site comes to the
date-sorted blog format.
It lists the sections I have done major work on recently.
- Most of these sections will contain old links too.
- It omits sections I have done minor work on recently.
This is a personal, non-profit site
for political commentary and criticism.
This site is hosted in the USA and is protected by the First Amendment.
"General comment on arguing (with anyone about anything)
- you almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don't like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private."
- Sam Harris
why the Internet is great for politics and religion
and all those topics that are unpleasant and uncomfortable
to discuss in person.