Archive for 2010

Multiple choice for men, no choice for women *

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Polygamy perpetuates women’s already lower social and economic status by forcing women to share already scarce resources.… Read the rest



Theocracy in Scotland

Nov 29th, 2010 10:47 am | By

Jeezis, these people are scary. They’re getting their way.

Peter Kearney, the director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, made his comments after the sacking of SFA referees’ chief Hugh Dallas over allegations he sent an offensive e-mail about the Pope during his recent visit to Scotland.

Mr Kearney warned: “Let no-one be in any doubt, with this shameful episode, Catholics in Scotland have drawn a line in the sand.

Yes, they have! They’ve drawn a line that says “you may not send an ‘offensive’ email about the pope, and if you do, we will get you pushed out of your job.”

That’s quite a line. Hugh Dallas didn’t work for the church, or even for a “faith” … Read the rest



Catholic spokesman says what must be cast out *

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“Let no-one be in any doubt, with this shameful episode, Catholics in Scotland have drawn a line in the sand.”… Read the rest



Bishop suspended for dissing royal wedding *

Nov 29th, 2010 | Filed by

He apologized, he groveled, he said he knew it was “deeply offensive,” but it was no use.… Read the rest



Promise-breakers

Nov 29th, 2010 9:48 am | By

Really.

The people who do the New International Version (translation) of the bible have taken out the pesky “too liberal” gender-neutral language they wickedly and liberally stuck into the 2005 edition, because the knuckle-draggers were pissed off at them.

They’ve retained some of the language of the 2005 edition. But they also made changes — like going back to using words like “mankind” and “man” instead of “human beings” and “people” — in order to appease critics.

And the critics were pissed off by that because…what? Because they want everyone to think that human beings and people are in fact men and that women don’t count because they’re some kind of weird abberration? Or what? What other possible reason is … Read the rest



Council of Europe resolution on the dangers of creationism in education *

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The aim is to warn against certain tendencies to pass off a belief as science.… Read the rest



Updated NIV bible reverts to male-centered translation *

Nov 29th, 2010 | Filed by

Went back to using words like “mankind” and “man” instead of “human beings” and “people” in order to appease critics.… Read the rest



Saudi women sue male “guardians” *

Nov 28th, 2010 | Filed by

Judges throw the women in jail.… Read the rest



Waleed Al-Husseini on why he left Islam *

Nov 28th, 2010 | Filed by

Renouncing Islam is a choice offered to everyone and anyone has the right to do so.… Read the rest



Catholic church gets football referee fired *

Nov 28th, 2010 | Filed by

Because he allegedly forwarded an e-mail during the Pope’s visit that referred to the child abuse scandal.… Read the rest



The Marquess of Queensbury

Nov 28th, 2010 11:40 am | By

The Guardian apparently disapproves of Hitchens’s still-unapologetic atheism; at least it allows its reporter to misrepresent what he said.

If it had been a boxing match Hitchens would have been described as landing blow after blow, many of them decidedly low – especially those about circumcision or women’s rights. He described the aid work done by religious missions as “conscience money” to make up for the harm they have done. After all, why bother treating HIV-infected people in Africa while working against the use of condoms?

That’s not what he said, to put it mildly. This is what he said:

Furthermore, if you are going to grant this to Catholic charities, I would say, which I hope are

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The Independent on Hitchens v Blair *

Nov 28th, 2010 | Filed by

To make sure that religion is indeed a positive force, Blair teaches about it at Yale.… Read the rest



The Guardian on Hitchens v Blair *

Nov 28th, 2010 | Filed by

Hitchens landed “blow after blow, many of them decidedly low – especially those about circumcision or women’s rights.” Eh?… Read the rest



Transcript of Hitchens-Blair debate *

Nov 27th, 2010 | Filed by

Blair points out that “there are many situations in which wrong has been done, without religion playing any part in it at all.”… Read the rest



Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal

Nov 27th, 2010 | By Homa Arjomand

Polygamy is illegal in Canada but to date no one has been arrested or faced the consequences for being in a polygamist relationship.  This inaction has led to no enforcement of the law.  Such policies allow polygamist families to legally enter Canada by declaring the first wife as the legal wife and the second, third and fourth “wives” as dependents along with their children. Young girls are pushed into polygamy relationships by the leaders of their parents’ religion.  A wave of women involved in polygamy fled from Bountiful (BC) and presented their case publicly.  Books and articles were written by these brave women.  They discussed the effects of polygamy on their lives and their children, they talked about women’s oppression, … Read the rest



I decided I wanted to see the beautiful colors of life

Nov 27th, 2010 5:01 pm | By

Ever pondered what it’s actually like to wear a niqab?

“I had to wear the full niqab when I was 8 years old,” she says of the face veil worn by women here. “I couldn’t breathe. I saw the world in dark colors. I fell down because I couldn’t see when I walked. Men should put this on for one day. They would change their thinking. They don’t know how horrible it is under sun, heat and sweat. It’s a kind of torture. I decided I wanted to see the beautiful colors of life — red, blue, green. Not black.”

It’s like what you think it’s like. It’s horribly hot and uncomfortable. It impedes your vision and makes you … Read the rest



The most sacred thing

Nov 27th, 2010 1:41 pm | By

In other news, a teenage girl was arrested for burning a booklet. The booklet was a translation of the Koran, so she was arrested “on suspicion of inciting religious hatred.” She wasn’t sent to have a talk with the head teacher, she was arrested. She is currently out on bail.

Catherine Heseltine, chief executive officer of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, said burning the Koran was one of the most offensive acts to Muslims that she could imagine.

She said: “The Koran is the most sacred thing to over a billion Muslims worldwide.”

“You can see that in the way Muslims treat the Koran, washing before touching it and in many Muslim homes you will find it on

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Yemen: a barefaced advocate for women’s rights *

Nov 27th, 2010 | Filed by

“I couldn’t breathe. I saw the world in dark colors. I decided I wanted to see the beautiful colors of life — red, blue, green. Not black.”… Read the rest



UK: girl, 15, arrested over Koran-burning video *

Nov 27th, 2010 | Filed by

She was arrested “on suspicion of inciting religious hatred.”… Read the rest



Officers would be likely to be alarmed

Nov 27th, 2010 12:47 pm | By

Apparently in the UK it’s illegal to make “offensive” comments about Allah. I wonder if that law applies to “offensive” comments about God too – they are supposed to be the same man, after all, even if Malaysians are forbidden to use the first word to mean the second unless they are Muslims.

A man has been fined for making offensive comments about Allah during the English Defence League protest in Leicester.Lee Whitby was found guilty of using racially aggravated abusive words during the protest in the city centre on Saturday, October 9.

Alexandra Blossom, prosecuting, said the comments made were bound to cause harassment, alarm or distress because of Leicester’s multicultural society and the fact the words

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