Archive for November 2010

Nasim Zehra: time to repeal blashphemy law *

Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

There is a long list, prepared by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, of unjust punishments handed down to Pakistani citizens.… Read the rest

Ahmadinejad says girls should marry at 16-18 *

Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

They stay out of trouble that way.… Read the rest

Asma Jahangir on Pakistan’s blasphemy laws *

Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

When the Lahore High Court has sentenced Aasia Bibi to death for blasphemy, under section 295-C of Pakistan’s Penal Code.… Read the rest

Mary Kenny on the pope’s condom rulings *

Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

Most people will see the pope’s New Idea as “sensible and compassionate.” No they won’t.… Read the rest

Nothing more than feelings

Nov 21st, 2010 6:04 pm | By

I watched a bit of Eugenie Scott’s talk at the Secular Humanism party again, via a post on it by Jerry. I watched the bit where she talked about The Feeling of bonding with her infant daughter, and the fact that “it is the meaning of the experience that is important.” Science can’t – you know the rest.

A commenter made a very good point about this idea.

Tell you what; if accomodationalists feel (heh) that they must use emotions to show that science doesn’t know everything, and there is room for the supernatural, how about accomodationalists only use descriptions of other feelings such as post-natal depression, racism, bigotry etc. and point out that their benevolent, all-loving god gave

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Religion a force for good? *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

Grayling: “Wherever religiions are on the back foot, they suddenly become very friendly, very concessive and very tolerant.”… Read the rest

Where are you on the Great British Faith Map? *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

There’s a Sikh in Devon. There’s a Lutheran in Humberside. There’s a Pentecostal in Norfolk. There’s a Zoroastrian in London.… Read the rest

Interfaith Week starts today *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

So get your interfaith costume on and let the fun begin.… Read the rest

Doctors angry about drug price manipulation *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

Consultants claim current regulation allows pharma companies to tweak medicines and patent them as a new drug with a new price.… Read the rest

Vatican plays down pope’s condom remarks *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said it was a big fuss about nothing.… Read the rest

Vatican rushes to clarify pope’s condom remark *

Nov 21st, 2010 | Filed by

He didn’t mean that. All he meant was. Fixation. Disordered sex. Courageously, important contribution, clarifying and deepening.… Read the rest

The vote on amendment to UN resolution *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

For: China, Russia, most of Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq. Against: Europe, Anglophones, India, most of Latin America.… Read the rest

UN: gays deleted from resolution against arbitrary killings *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

In 2008, Uganda attempted a similar amendment that was defeated, so the vote this week was a step backwards.… Read the rest

Mormons say it’s not a sin to be gay *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

The church still insists that followers resist having gay sex and they oppose same-sex marriage, but this is a step.… Read the rest

There will be happiness, though muted

Nov 20th, 2010 5:02 pm | By

So a lawyer (male) writes to a judge (female) about possibly needing a brief recess in an upcoming trial because his “beautiful daughter, married and with a doctorate no less” was about to produce a baby.

Should the child be a girl, not much will happen in the way of public celebration. Some may even be disappointed, but will do their best to conceal this by saying, “as long as it’s a healthy baby.” My wife will run to Philly immediately, but I will probably be able to wait until the next weekend. There will be happiness, though muted, and this application will be mooted as well.

However, should the baby be a boy, then hoo hah! Hordes of friends

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Marc Alan Di Martino reviews Why Truth Matters *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

An essential guide to the perplexities of postmodernism.… Read the rest

Algerian victims of armed fundamentalism

Nov 20th, 2010 11:57 am | By

The Letter to the Center for Constitutional Rights makes some compelling points.

The Center for Constitutional Rights was the only human rights organization to support the victims of fundamentalist armed groups as it did in the case brought by Rhonda Copelon against Anouar Haddam [spokesman of the Islamic Salvation Front],while other human rights organisations ignored these victims and abandoned them, on the ground that they were not victims of the state but of non state actors.

That state of affairs would seem to risk creating an impression that victimization by non state actors is somehow less bad than the other kind. Non state actors can still be highly organized and effective, as everyone knows.

Today, CCR is betraying these same

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Barbara Forrest on pro-science Louisianans *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Louisiana has citizens who are trying to stop the damage that the Louisiana Family Forum and their allies are doing to Louisiana science education.… Read the rest

Fickle Politics and the fear of a Hindutva planet *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Gradually Hindutvaism became the cause célèbre of the trendy left liberal intelligentsia in parts of the Guardian and the New Statesman.… Read the rest

Why CCR sued to represent Awlaki *

Nov 20th, 2010 | Filed by

CCR Legal Director explains, but his characterization of Awlaki is incomplete.… Read the rest