Conservative Republican Armey was against the war, might have stopped it.… Read the rest
Archive for September 2008
Imagine what kind of consent wives involved in domestic violence cases have given to sharia court’s jurisdiction.… Read the rest
The MMR panic was aided by a boneheaded refusal to discriminate between better and worse arguments.… Read the rest
No way an ordained minister, for whom unverified dogma is central, can present free-thinking, doubt-based scientific philosophy disinterestedly.… Read the rest
‘What Reiss actually said is not a self-evidently inappropriate stance for the Royal Society to take.’… Read the rest
Royal Society reiterated: creationism has no scientific basis and should not be part of the science curriculum.… Read the rest
The Women’s studies list is on a roll at the moment – I’m going to have to regale you a little more. All this sagacity must not blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air, wouldn’t you agree?
This seems to have something to do with the discussion of dimorphism, though it’s hard to be sure, because the chain of reasoning is a little…well, missing some links in places. But it starts off with biology, via Wikipedia. Then it gets into critical thinking…
The questionable variable here is what these guys considered ‘fundamental’ and the mindset that created the idea of biology as ‘socially acceptable’ at the time when life was first described by biological scientists – especially
Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system.… Read the rest
Do things differently, Ratzinger tells France.… Read the rest
Prominent anti-government campaigner accused of posting an article that insulted Islam. … Read the rest
‘I am a confirmed theologian and I have not made this up. It is the prophet who said it before me.’… Read the rest
Paint secular government as hatred of Catholics.… Read the rest
The Holocaust denying author and publisher Ernst Zündel is currently serving a prison term in his native Germany, having received a five year sentence in 2007 for denying the Holocaust. The books, pamphlets, and websites in which Zündel’s Holocaust denying and far-Right views are expressed were neither written nor published in Germany, but rather in Canada, where Zündel had lived for four decades.
Having failed to secure Canadian citizenship, Zündel spent a couple of years in the United States, but was sent back to Canada after he violated the terms of his stay by missing a meeting with an immigration official. Canadian officials then handed Zündel over to the German authorities, deporting him on the bizarre grounds that he, a … Read the rest
The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence. Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court. Previously, the rulings of sharia courts in Britain could not be enforced, and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims. It has now emerged that sharia courts with these powers have been set up in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester with the network’s headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Two more courts are being planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The government did this quietly? Why, exactly? And how? And … Read the rest
More hilarity on the Women’s Studies list. My friend Daphne Patai responded to a message that referred to ‘some mythically uniform
biologically based concept of “women”‘:
Unfortunately, the “biologically-based concept” IS what unites all women. It
is far from “mythical.” There is such a thing as biological sexual
dimorphism, period. The social/historical construction of what it means to be
a woman is a separate issue, but the biology is very real.
Hard to believe one wants to teach one’s students from a starting point that
is patently false. As I’ve commented many times before on this list, the
existence of biological anomalies does not change the fundamental facts, and
I don’t see it as a service to our students to
Education should still be about the imparting of knowledge and the expunging of crass ignorance.… Read the rest
‘The thing the RS does not appreciate is the true nature of the forces arrayed against it and the Enlightenment.’… Read the rest
Royal Society should set a fierce example of commitment to rationality but shows signs of spiritual sloppiness.… Read the rest
Palin administration puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy; she hires friends and fires critics.… Read the rest