Archive for November 2011

Index on Censorship on murder of Rafiq Tagi *

Nov 26th, 2011 | Filed by

In Azerbaijan, those who physically attack journalists are never brought to justice and the cycle of impunity there is truly shocking.… Read the rest

To make the world a better place

Nov 26th, 2011 11:54 am | By

The New Humanist has a fascinating piece by Paul Sims about Robert Lambert, the retired Special Branch officer who was head of the Muslim Contact Unit.

I’ve had some critical things to say about Lambert and his colleague Jonathan Githens-Mazer in the past – in June 2010 and April 2009. They talked evasive deceptive nonsense about the wonderfulness of Islamism and the badness of “Islamophobia.” They completely ignored the issues of women’s rights and homophobia. The stuff they wrote was extremely misleading – like this, for instance:

While British Islamists are as diverse as British socialists, the interviews do reveal important unifying characteristics, most notably a devotion to social justice and a concern for community needs over individual

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Paul Sims talks to Robert Lambert *

Nov 26th, 2011 | Filed by

The problems with recruiting reactionary patriarchal homophobic theocrats in order to prevent violence.… Read the rest

Jonathan Rée on dissing God *

Nov 26th, 2011 | Filed by

When Stendhal said “God’s only excuse is that he does not exist,” he was continuing a tradition of angry piety handed down from the Hebrew Bible and medieval Islamic poetry.… Read the rest

An atmosphere where a slide towards violence against women is enabled

Nov 25th, 2011 4:37 pm | By

Kyle Sandilands says it’s free speech and also that it’s quite all right and reasonable and why not? He explains carefully.

I’ll attack any journalist that attacks me that I think’s unfair.

Well what he means is, if a journalist says something about his show that he doesn’t like, he will not respond with an explanation of why she is wrong or a criticism of her reasoning, but rather, he will call her a fat slag, a fat bitter thing with a nothing job, and a piece of shit, and then he will tell her to watch her mouth or he’ll hunt her down. In other words he’ll say the most degrading things he can think of and then … Read the rest

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Mona Eltahawy tells of sex assault in Cairo ministry *

Nov 25th, 2011 | Filed by

She told CNN: “My left hand and my right arm are broken. This is as a result of a brutal beating by the Egyptian riot police who surrounded me.”… Read the rest

The edification of both sides

Nov 25th, 2011 12:35 pm | By

The chief rabbi and Charles Taylor got together recently to say stuff about “The Future of Religion in a Secular Age.” Both are big fans of religion, so the stuff they said was in that vein.

For Taylor and Rabbi Sacks, religion should act as a counterpoint and antidote to the rampant solipsism and breakdown of sociality that characterize the secular world. Religion, unlike the market, science, or politics, exists in its own realm beyond materiality and simple solutions, and even beyond the self. According to Taylor, religious practice entails a transcendence of the self that is desperately needed in a culture as self-obsessed as our own. Rabbi Sacks added that on one hand, religion must stand at the vanguard

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Sign the petition to 2Day and Fox FM sponsors *

Nov 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Cancel advertising until Kyle Sandilands is dumped from radio show.… Read the rest

Andrew O’Keefe on White Ribbon Day *

Nov 25th, 2011 | Filed by

On Kyle Sandilands: “It says it’s perfectly ok to have a public discourse that is aggressive and sexist.”… Read the rest

Huffington Post on “We Are Atheism” campaign *

Nov 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Like the “It Gets Better” campaign, the idea is to let young atheists know they are not alone.… Read the rest

Obama thinks he “owes” Catholic bishops’ conference *

Nov 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Reproductive Health Reality Check reports that Obama will cave to demands by the USCCB to eliminate insurance coverage of birth control without a co-pay.… Read the rest

“Just so you know, you’re a piece of shit.”

Nov 24th, 2011 4:44 pm | By

And then there’s Kyle Sandilands. He’s a shock jock in Australia. A journalist called Alison Stephenson wrote an unfavorable review of his shock jock radio show. He replied to her on the air.

Some fat slag on has already branded it a disaster. You can tell by reading the article that she just hates us and has always hated us.

What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re deputy editor of an online thing. You’ve got a nothing job anyway. Just so you know, you’re a piece of shit.

This low thing, Alison Stephenson, deputy editor of online. Alison, you’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll.

You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from

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Mona Eltahawy

Nov 24th, 2011 4:14 pm | By

Oh, Jesus – I can’t keep up with it today! I saw a brief tweet from Mona Eltahawy yesterday saying ”arrested and beaten” – it wasn’t even clear if she was the one arrested and beaten. I replied and retweeted but then got distracted…But she was the one arrested and beaten all right: her arm and leg hand are broken. And she was sexually assaulted – “Besides beating me, the dogs of CSF subjected me to the worst sexual assault ever.” Fuuuuuuuuuuuck.

Mona Mona Mona. God you’re brave.… Read the rest

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Squabble squabble

Nov 24th, 2011 3:56 pm | By

Via Dan Fincke - Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Republican debate.

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The prophet’s bodyguards claim another victim

Nov 24th, 2011 3:47 pm | By

Horrible news, via Maryam: the Azerbaijani atheist and critic of Islam Rafiq Tagi has been murdered.

Jahan News has gleefully reported that ‘Azerbaijan’s Salman Rushdie has been murdered’. The Islamic regime of Iran’s mouthpiece says writer Rafiq Tagi was despised by the people of Azerbaijan for his attack on Islam’s prophet Mohammad.

It’s hard to “attack” someone who’s been dead for 14 centuries – but of course they don’t mean “attack,” they mean “failure to grovel to,” and they consider that a good reason to murder him.

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They finally killed Rafiq Tagi *

Nov 24th, 2011 | Filed by

The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied any role in his murder.… Read the rest

Atheist writer Rafigh Taghi killed in Azerbaijan *

Nov 24th, 2011 | Filed by

Taghi, author of anti-Islamist and anti-Iranian regime articles, spent one year in prison for “inciting religious hatred” by “insulting prophet Mohammed” in 2006.… Read the rest

Australia: shock jock calls journalist a fat slag *

Nov 24th, 2011 | Filed by
“What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re a piece of shit. You haven’t got that much titty to be wearing that low cut a blouse. Watch your mouth girl, or I will hunt you down.”… Read the rest

Taylor and Sacks agree: new atheists suck *

Nov 24th, 2011 | Filed by

Sacks says Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris over-simplify religion, producing critiques that are superficially profound and profoundly superficial. Awesome, dude.… Read the rest

Susan Jacoby on the fetish of suffering *

Nov 24th, 2011 | Filed by

The Iowa forum was a triumph of the union of psychobabble and public religiosity that has come to dominate American politics.… Read the rest