Archive for February 2011

Priests rape nuns in order to avoid Aids *

Feb 26th, 2011 | Filed by

Forced to acknowledge the problem, the Vatican has tried to play down its gravity.… Read the rest

A miscarriage could be a felony *

Feb 26th, 2011 | Filed by

A Georgia legislator has introduced a bill that would make miscarriages and abortions potentially punishable by death.Read the rest

Atheists are so stooooopid *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

“According to Scripture, the evidence for God is overwhelming.”… Read the rest

Jonathan Derbyshire on philosophy for the public *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

A growing number of professional philosophers are realising that rigour and accessibility need not be mutually exclusive.… Read the rest

Islam and the emerging Arab World

Feb 25th, 2011 | By Leo Igwe

With the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and a series of ongoing protest sweeping across other countries of North Africa and the Middle East, a new Arab world is imminent. The old Arab world is slowly and gradually fading away and ushering in a new era of hope, freedom and progress. But there are uncertainties and anxieties as to what this wind of change holds for the people in the region and the world at large. There is a growing concern as to what would be the role of Islam in the new dispensation particularly in this era of Islamic terrorism. The Arab world and the Islamic world are often seen as identical. North Africa and the Middle East are … Read the rest

Social pressure? What social pressure?

Feb 25th, 2011 12:16 pm | By

Greta Christina observes that atheism is not always greeted with open arms. It doesn’t always get even a mere hostile silence. It sometimes gets just plain forcible rejection. Just good old “no you may not.” Just “sit down and be quiet you hateful atheist you.”

Resistance to atheist groups from high school administrators, while not universal, is depressingly common. According to JT Eberhard, campus organizer and high school specialist for the SSA, “Most of them seem to elect to try and drag their feet until the interested students either lose interest or graduate. The ‘objections’ are varied. I’ve heard ‘it would be too controversial’, ‘all clubs are secular’, ‘other groups already do the same thing’, and a whole host

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Kadyrov looking for 2d wife, can’t find pretty one *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Chechen leader has described women as the property of their husbands and says their main role is to bear children.… Read the rest

Lysenko’s tomb: Darwin, Dawkins and the left *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Misunderstanding the selfish gene, decade after decade.… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo and Moses don’t want to be specks *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Therefore god.… Read the rest

Jerry Coyne wins FFRF Emperor has no clothes award *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Yes really.Read the rest

Hitchens on Obama on Arab uprisings *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

The Obama administration contrived to come up with an argument that maximized every form of feebleness.… Read the rest

High school atheists organize, schools resist *

Feb 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups in the US – more than blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians.… Read the rest

Abortion is not an option in Chile *

Feb 24th, 2011 | Filed by

The Catholic church has a stranglehold on Chile.… Read the rest

Good morning, Mr Ratzinger, please come with us

Feb 24th, 2011 1:01 pm | By

No doubt it will just be filed and forgotten, but it’s good to see, all the same…

Two German lawyers have initiated charges against Pope Benedict XVI at the International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity…

They claim the Pope “is responsible for the preservation and leadership of a worldwide totalitarian regime of coercion which subjugates its members with terrifying and health-endangering threats”.

They allege he is also responsible for “the adherence to a fatal forbiddance of the use of condoms, even when the danger of HIV-Aids infection exists” and for “the establishment and maintenance of a worldwide system of cover-up of the sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and their preferential treatment, which aids and abets ever new

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ICC charges initiated against Ratzinger‏ *

Feb 24th, 2011 | Filed by

Two German lawyers have initiated charges against the pope at the International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity.… Read the rest

Man convicted in “honor killing” of his daughter *

Feb 24th, 2011 | Filed by

He ran over her with his car because she refused an arranged marriage.… Read the rest

British teenager escapes forced marriage *

Feb 24th, 2011 | Filed by

But many others don’t escape.… Read the rest

Isn’t atheist morality a leap of faith? *

Feb 24th, 2011 | Filed by

No. Secular morality is an improvement on religious morality – one might even call it intelligently designed.… Read the rest

Women? What women?

Feb 23rd, 2011 1:02 pm | By

The PBS documentary show Frontline did a special on the Egyptian revolution last night, the first part on the events overall, the second part on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The second part was reported by Charles Sennott. He was on Fresh Air last week, talking about the same subject. I thought the Frontline piece was abysmal. Interesting, to be sure, and informative in its way, but abysmal. He never so much as mentioned women. Not a word. He didn’t mention the implications of a political movement that is a “brotherhood”; he didn’t mention women’s rights; he didn’t mention women in Egypt; he didn’t mention hijab; he didn’t even mention women, period.

Hello? Hello hello hello hello? Is anybody listening? I’m … Read the rest

Ryan Doyle on Tarek Fatah *

Feb 23rd, 2011 | Filed by

People can disagree on almost everything and still be friends.… Read the rest