Archive for April 2008

Saudi Blogger Released From Jail *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

Fouad al-Farhan had used his website to criticise alleged corruption and call for democratic reforms. … Read the rest



Creeping Islamization in Turkey *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Most people are more religious these days. They don’t want to eat pork, and they don’t let others produce it either.’… Read the rest



Obscene Desserts on Limits, and Religious Limits *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

Humans don’t know everything, but does that mean religion can help? No.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo Have a Good Moment *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

Good night boys.… Read the rest



Charles Darwin Starts a Blog *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Well there I was minding my own business in the Cafe of the Natural History Museum…’… Read the rest



Army Major Threatens Atheist Soldier *

Apr 27th, 2008 | Filed by

‘People like you are going against what the founding fathers, who were Christians, wanted for America!’… Read the rest



Oh comrades come rally

Apr 27th, 2008 11:48 am | By

I know it’s old news that Seumas Milne is a buffoon – but all the same…

These are good times to be in the “moderate Muslim” business. If you press the right buttons on integration and “radicalisation” and hold your tongue on western foreign policy, there are rich pickings to be had…Latest in the ring is the “counter-extremism thinktank”, the Quilliam Foundation…The foundation – named after a 19th century British Muslim – is the creature of Husain and a couple of other one-time members of the radical, non-violent Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. All three are straight out of the cold war defectors’ mould described in Saturday’s Guardian by the playwright David Edgar, trading heavily on their former associations and travelling

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Maajid Nawaz Replies to Ziauddin Sardar *

Apr 26th, 2008 | Filed by

Sardar’s attack on the Quilliam Foundation was ill-informed in a number of ways.… Read the rest



Sue Blackmore on Papal Social Calls *

Apr 26th, 2008 | Filed by

Sorry, we’ll be out that day.… Read the rest



Seumas Milne is Slightly Confused *

Apr 26th, 2008 | Filed by

He seems to think misogynist homophobic theocrats are right-on and their opponents are wicked.… Read the rest



A Mild Critique of Leon Wieseltier *

Apr 26th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Wieseltier has a meandering, conceptually confused, pointless essay in The New Republic…’… Read the rest



Hitchens on Ratzinger *

Apr 25th, 2008 | Filed by

Reporters who can get off their knees might ask the pope if he is conducting his own foreign policy and, if so, in consultation with whom?… Read the rest



Court Rules Doctors Can Transfuse Infants *

Apr 25th, 2008 | Filed by

The parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and refused to give their consent. … Read the rest



British Muslims for Secular Democracy *

Apr 25th, 2008 | Filed by

Alibhai-Brown: ‘this excessive culture of obedience is stunting the development of Islamic communities.’… Read the rest



Egyptian Woman Calls for Strike via Facebook *

Apr 25th, 2008 | Filed by

It was a great success. Israa Abdel Fattah was arrested. New Facebook group ‘Release Israa’ has 3000 members.… Read the rest



Zawahiri Accuses Iran of 9/11 Lie *

Apr 25th, 2008 | Filed by

Al-Qaeda did too so carry out the attacks! Iran’s just jealous of Osama! It’s so unfair!… Read the rest



Scruples

Apr 25th, 2008 11:10 am | By

More on that Moyers-Nussbaum interview. As always when Nussbaum talks about religion, there are squashy places. The interview is like a pear with a lot of bruised spots.

[W]hat I love are [Roger Williams’s] metaphors for the way that freedom is taken away. I mean, there are two metaphors. One is the imprisonment of the soul. And the other, even deeper, is the rape of the soul. And he keeps saying it’s soul rape when people try to get people to believe something that they don’t really believe. So the only way we can avoid doing that kind of violence to conscience is to give it lots of space to unfold itself. Not just [not] persecuting people, but really

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Why Ex-extremists Rather Than Never-extremists? *

Apr 24th, 2008 | Filed by

It’s troubling that former extremists are seen as the only people who know how to deal with extremism.… Read the rest



Mormon Fashion Statements *

Apr 24th, 2008 | Filed by

The dresses are meant to show modesty and conformity.… Read the rest



Saudi: Male Guardianship Policies Harm Women *

Apr 24th, 2008 | Filed by

‘The Saudi government sacrifices basic human rights to maintain male control over women.’… Read the rest