Goldin carefully explained the science behind phthalate safety research; her effort was wasted.… Read the rest
Archive for March 2008
Because somebody maybe thinks it perhaps might annoy Hizbollah possibly.… Read the rest
No, the baby didn’t push his hand out and wave to the crowd.… Read the rest
US newspapers keep discovering that yes, the Pope does believe all that. Yes, still.… Read the rest
Only condition: the scientists must be willing to accept instruction from Churches on basic morality.… Read the rest
Mo points out emotive misleading language.… Read the rest
All of us, except the independently wealthy and the unemployed, take money for the use of our body.… Read the rest
Resolution cites deep concern about the defamation of religions, urges governments to prohibit it.… Read the rest
Experiments to look at the mental mechanisms needed to represent an omniscient deity.… Read the rest
Sharma doesn’t believe that the Iranian authorities are conducting an antigay witch-hunt.… Read the rest
‘Those promoting “enlightened moderation” are the agents of darkness,’ says Fazlullah.… Read the rest
The Taliban are growing in popularity partly because the state is not functioning. … Read the rest
Hajra Bibi taken out of school at puberty; parents wanted her to cook for male relatives.… Read the rest
BBC accuses medical experts of seeking to ‘discredit’ Wakefield’s ‘findings.’… Read the rest
Nisbet tells Dawkins and Myers to ‘Lay [sic] low and let others do the talking.’… Read the rest
Startling new thoughts on the wave of atheist books, atheists as fundamentalists, Dawchens.… Read the rest
Fundamental questions of who rules are raised if Catholic ministers get a special dispensation denied to other ministers. … Read the rest
Like dozens of other Pakistani-American girls here, Hajra Bibi stopped attending the local public school when she reached puberty, and began studying at home. Her family wanted her to clean and cook for her male relatives, and had also worried that other American children would mock both her Muslim religion and her traditional clothes…About 40 percent of the Pakistani and other Southeast Asian girls of high school age who are enrolled in the district here are home-schooled…Some 80 percent of the city’s 2,500 Muslims are Pakistani, and many are interrelated villagers who try to recreate the conservative social atmosphere back home. A decade ago many girls were simply shipped back to their
And speaking of sanctimony, there’s nothing like letting a child die miserably while you pray over her instead of going to a doctor.
An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday…”She got sicker and sicker until she was dead,” [the police chief] said…[S]he had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness. The girl’s parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to “apparently they didn’t have enough faith,” the police chief said. They believed the key to healing “was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray,” he
David Aaronovitch murmurs a quiet word in the ear of the bishop of Durham.
Sermon continues: “This secular utopianism is based on a belief in an unstoppable human ability to make a better world, while at the same time it believes that we have the right to kill unborn children and surplus old people…” Now, this is as close to a lie as makes no difference. Dr Wright may reply directly to the Times letters page, which, even in this fallen age, generally prints the words of high clergymen, to tell me which significant secularist body, or scientific group, or gaggle of atheists is it that believes “we” have the right “to kill surplus old people”?
Ah, you see, … Read the rest