Archive for April 2008

Lecturer Considers Suing Her Students *

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They disagreed with her. Surely that’s illegal?… Read the rest

Violent Abduction: How Romantic *

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‘If a woman can tell her children that their father kidnapped her, it’s a great love story.’ Right.… Read the rest

So We Should Prefer a Dim Bulb? *

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Is Obama called an elitist because he is comfortable with and in command of nuanced ideas? … Read the rest

Myths About Vaccines and Autism *

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Proponents maintain their belief largely through the generous application of conspiracy thinking.… Read the rest

There is no Shortage of Godbothering Books *

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They far outnumber the putative flood of atheist books. Carlin Romano reads a few.… Read the rest

Review of Mary Lefkowitz’s ‘History Lesson’ *

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Teachers owe it to themselves and their students to get as close as possible to the truth.… Read the rest

Does science make belief in God obsolete? *

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Templeton foundation asks; Pinker, Hoodbhoy, Midgley, Hitchens, others answer.… Read the rest

When in doubt, kill the nearest woman

Apr 29th, 2008 2:39 pm | By

Funny how ‘religion’ often seems to manifest largely as an unappeasable loathing of women. How the very first item on the agenda seems to be punishing women for being women, and terrorizing women for the crime of existing, and telling women what to do and killing them if they don’t do it.

The 19-year-old Iraqi was, according to her father, murdered by her own in-laws, who took her to a picnic area in Dokan and shot her seven times. Her crime was to have an unknown number on her mobile phone. Her “honour killing” is just one in a grotesque series emerging from Iraq, where activists speak of a “genocide” against women in the name of religion…

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Apr 29th, 2008 12:20 pm | By

Sometimes people try to do the right thing and their very effort to do the right thing causes them to do just the wrong thing they meant to avoid. Sometimes that’s sad, other times it’s funny. Sometimes it’s part funny part irritating.

A Bradford man attacked and threatened after his family converted from Islam to Christianity was told by police to “stop being a crusader”…The No Place To Call Home report, by Ziya Meral, states apostates are “subject to gross and wide-ranging human rights abuses.”…The report, launched today, describes how the Pakistani community in Bradford reacted to the family’s conversion by shouting abuse and death threats, vandalising their house and car, attacking Mr Hussein and following his wife.

Really?! … Read the rest

Bristol City Council Wracked with Confusion *

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There’s cohesion, then there’s homophobic bullying, then there’s community, then there’s inclusive…… Read the rest

Iraqi Women Subjugated Via Murder *

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‘Honour killings are not actually a crime in the eyes of the government,’ said Houzan Mahmoud.… Read the rest

Bradford ‘Apostates’ Get Death Threats *

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Sher Azam, of Bradford Council for Mosques, said ‘Islam teaches us respect, tolerance and understanding.’… Read the rest

UCL Statement on Nicholas Kollerstrom *

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He’s a Fellow in Science and Technology Studies.… Read the rest

UCL Withdraws Fellowship from Holocaust Denier *

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‘Let us hope the schoolchildren visitors are properly taught about the elegant swimming-pool at Auschwitz…’… Read the rest

Pamela Bone 1940-2008 *

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She was fearless on matters of politics, human rights, justice and religion… Read the rest

Pamela Bone *

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Bone wrote recently on what she saw as the betrayal by Western feminists of their Muslim sisters. … Read the rest

Simon Blackburn on Eight Myths *

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What is usually known as culture is a set of symbols enabling people on the inside to recognise and dislike those on the outside.… Read the rest

Hell for Women in Iraq *

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Women are harassed if they appear in the streets, educational institutions, or work places.… Read the rest

The Folly of GM-phobia *

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With the Earth’s population soaring, it will be the poor who go hungry, not the eco-warriors destroying modified crops.… Read the rest

The Democratiya Interviews

Apr 28th, 2008 | By Max Dunbar

The online magazine Democratiya was set up by writers and academics in 2005 as a reaction to the status-quo left consensus that dominated liberal thought from the provincial dinner party to the pages of the British Guardian. From its founding statement:

When over eight million Iraqis voted in democratic elections in January 2005, at polling stations guarded by American and other foreign troops, emerging to dance for joy, their purple fingers aloft, only for Britain’s leading liberal newspaper to sneer that the election was ‘at best irrelevant’ it was clear that something had gone terribly awry. When Iraq’s heroic free trade unionists were called ‘collaborators’ and ‘quislings’, while their torturers and murderers were hailed as a ‘liberation movement’ one

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