Archive for April 2008

EP President Against Free Speech *

Apr 14th, 2008 | Filed by

‘We are committed to the freedom of the press but I am against publishing cartoons that hurt the feelings of others.’… Read the rest



Radio 4: Can People Stop Being Muslim? *

Apr 14th, 2008 | Filed by

Shiraz Maher campaigned for a state in which execution for leaving Islam would be written into the constitution.… Read the rest



The Secular Army is Going to Destroy Art! *

Apr 14th, 2008 | Filed by

The Dawkins army wants to stop everyone painting! Stop them! Help!… Read the rest



Islamists Protest Women’s Rights Policy *

Apr 14th, 2008 | Filed by

Protesters against a new women’s rights policy fought police in Dhaka after Friday prayers.… Read the rest



Sentenced to Death for Swearing at God *

Apr 14th, 2008 | Filed by

Boğday’s neighbor told the police he had sworn at God. Good enough for the Saudi authorities.… Read the rest



‘Expelled’ Ripped Off ‘Inner Life of the Cell’ Animation *

Apr 13th, 2008 | Filed by

Which belongs to Harvard. That’s a no-no.… Read the rest



Police List Documents Seized From Polygamists *

Apr 13th, 2008 | Filed by

Sect had a bed in its temple where girls were required to consummate their marriages immediately.… Read the rest



Let’s Make the UN More Religious, Esp. Catholic *

Apr 13th, 2008 | Filed by

The ‘Holy See’ has great influence in UN debates on population and HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately.… Read the rest



Atheist and Bishop Go Head to Head *

Apr 13th, 2008 | Filed by

Whenever we abandon reason and balk at the advance of knowledge, reaction and chaos ensue.… Read the rest



Public Pool Reserved for ‘Muslim Male Swimming’ *

Apr 13th, 2008 | Filed by

What next? Separate hours for Catholic men, Jewish women, Buddhist men, Sikh women?… Read the rest



Yemen: 8-year-old Girl Seeks Divorce *

Apr 12th, 2008 | Filed by

‘My father beat me and told me that I must marry this man, and if I did not, I would be raped and no law and no sheikh in this country would help me.’… Read the rest



HRC Rapporteur Thinks Neocons Behind 9/11 *

Apr 12th, 2008 | Filed by

Falk wrote foreword to The New Pearl Harbor, which claims 9/11 was likely an inside job.… Read the rest



Wear a Hijab to Support Battered Women! *

Apr 12th, 2008 | Filed by

Stony Brook Muslim Student Association says: volunteer to wear a hijab all day in solidarity with battered women.… Read the rest



Anguish Over Hu Jia’s Sentence *

Apr 12th, 2008 | Filed by

He was convicted for writing five articles and giving two interviews.… Read the rest



Chinese Rights Activist Sentenced Last Week *

Apr 12th, 2008 | Filed by

Hu Jia campaigned for the environment, religious freedom and the rights of people with HIV and Aids. … Read the rest



Free at last, free at last

Apr 12th, 2008 11:26 am | By

Oh so that’s how you combat violence against women – by volunteering to wear a hijab.

The purpose of Scarves for Solidarity is to help save battered women while spreading awareness about Islam. The Muslim Student Association is working with sponsors who plan to donate $5 to Battered Women’s Shelter for every female who volunteers to wear a head-scarf/hijab on Monday, April 7th 2007.

That helps ‘save’ battered women because…because…because the hijab broadcasts the message that women need to be concealed. No. Because it conveys the message that women are a distraction to men and therefore have to be muffled from head to foot so that men can get on with their work. No. Because it shows that women are … Read the rest



Jesus and Mo Fall Out *

Apr 11th, 2008 | Filed by

Mo called Jesus’s conscience a bullshitter.… Read the rest



Mo Raps *

Apr 11th, 2008 | Filed by

A prophet with attitude.… Read the rest



Stanley Fish on French Theory in America *

Apr 11th, 2008 | Filed by

What was involved was less the rejection of the rationalist tradition than an interrogation of its key components.… Read the rest



Andrew Anthony Interviews Salman Rushdie *

Apr 11th, 2008 | Filed by

There is no getting away from the current relevance of subjects like foreignness, belonging and group loyalty.… Read the rest