Archive for October 2009

Human Rights Watch Has Lost the Plot *

Oct 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

HRW had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters.… Read the rest

No Irony Meters in Pakistan, the Vatican *

Oct 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

They’re haram, and they do too much damage when they explode.… Read the rest

PZ Studies Karen Armstrong *

Oct 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

Yes we all look for meaning; no we don’t all find it in religion.… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo Study Karen Armstrong *

Oct 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

The barmaid doesn’t get the lesson.… Read the rest

The Truth About Ida *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

New evidence indicates that Darwinius masillae is not a transitional form in human evolution.… Read the rest

Arseny Roginsky on Romanticizing Stalinism *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

‘There is a vast amount of pro-Stalinist literature on the bookstalls: fiction, journalism and pseudo-history.’… Read the rest

Malaysia: MP Urges Govt to Impose Sharia *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

‘The Islamic syariah law has become void because Article 4 places the country’s law above other laws.’… Read the rest

‘It Was Mehmet Who Disappeared Tulay’ *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Hanim Goren shouted at her husband across the courtroom: ‘Look at my face. What did you do to Tulay?’… Read the rest

Anglican Converts May Find Catholicism Tough *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

They escape the horror of women priests but the Vatican is a strict boss.… Read the rest

Pre-emptive Censorship in Advance of Outrage *

Oct 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

It hasn’t offended anyone yet, but it might, so let’s not publish it after all.… Read the rest

NZ: Sex Abuse Among Exclusive Brethren *

Oct 21st, 2009 | Filed by

The Exclusive Brethren Church is accused of hiding a ‘plague’ of sexual abuse.… Read the rest

Cyber Attacks Smite Atheist Websites *

Oct 21st, 2009 | Filed by

The Atheist Foundation of Australia and the Global Atheist Convention were knocked offline.… Read the rest

Cat Registered as Hypnotherapist *

Oct 21st, 2009 | Filed by

Industry bodies don’t seem to do much of a job checking credentials. … Read the rest

Life With the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ *

Oct 21st, 2009 | Filed by

‘The unforgivable part is that they told me and my sisters that my mother had given us up, that she didn’t want us.’… Read the rest

Karen Armstrong Tells Us All About God, Again *

Oct 21st, 2009 | Filed by

‘The quest for meaning continues. So God isn’t going anywhere.’ There’s logic for you!… Read the rest

Five Scheduled Executions in Iran

Oct 21st, 2009 | By Jahanshah Rashidian

Appeal to U.N. for Stopping Execution of Political Prisoners in Iran
To Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the General Secretary of the United Nations
(Also to all freedom-loving people and all governments of the Free World)

Five prisoners are scheduled to be executed in Iran on charges of taking part in protests following the fraudulent presidential election in June. All freedom-loving people, free-world governments, and particularly the U.N. must intervene in this gross violation of human rights by the Iranian Islamic regime.

Following the fraudulent presidential election in Iranian, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has recently sentenced five political activists to death, and their execution has been scheduled. With all due respect, we all freedom-loving Iranians expect you, the people and authorities of the … Read the rest

The Sisters of Cruelty

Oct 21st, 2009 10:24 am | By

Another pretty story from Ireland.

Kathleen, with her her sisters, Sarah Louise and Lydia, were taken from their mother in a dawn raid on their Dublin tenement home and found guilty in the children’s court of being “destitute” and “having a parent who does not exercise proper guardianship”…“The people who took us from Mummy were paid a bounty by the religious orders because the nuns in turn received half a man’s wage per week for every child they took. It was a business. They called us destitute and uncared for, but that’s what they condemned us to — we were loved and cared for, but they took us away”…The regime at Moate was unremittingly grim. “I learnt to be

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Background on NPR’s Goddy Reporter *

Oct 20th, 2009 | Filed by

Received a Templeton fellowship. Reported sympathetically on Creation Museum, Dominonist film festival.… Read the rest

D J Grothe on NPR ‘Bitter Rift’ Story *

Oct 20th, 2009 | Filed by

There was near unanimity at CFI in support of Blasphemy Day. Paul Kurtz and a few others dissented.… Read the rest

Catholic Church Operates in Northern Ireland Too *

Oct 20th, 2009 | Filed by

The issue of child abuse cannot be ignored or left simply to individuals taking action through the courts.… Read the rest