Two cops approached the girls to advise them about their clothes; they got pepper sprayed and yelled at.… Read the rest
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Like Akbar Ganji, who has just issued an Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon refusing ‘the double blackmail.’… Read the rest
Soldiers from all sides are targeting and raping women as part of a military strategy.… Read the rest
Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured.… Read the rest
Forced pregnancy and forced maternity are regarded as war crimes and are breaches of the Geneva convention… Read the rest
Those women who have suffered rape will not be short of pastoral care from a range of humanitarian groups.… Read the rest
Rape is used as a weapon of war. Cath Elliot thinks bishops and their churches ought to ponder that fact a little more deeply.
What the bishop and his church fail to understand is that forcing a woman to continue with a pregnancy against her will is a continuation of the violence against her. It doesn’t matter how much empathy and support is on offer, at the end of the day it is the woman, not the church, who is faced with the reality of an unwanted child…When they occur as part of an armed conflict, forced pregnancy and forced maternity are regarded as war crimes and are breaches of the Geneva convention.
But no matter – there’s always someone … Read the rest
The idea is that ‘faith’ in the sense of belief without evidence is okay, and it’s belief in belief that is pernicious.
A person who was willing to believe nothing “on faith” would have a rather scanty store of beliefs. He or she would be missing some beliefs I take to be very important. For example—the belief that every human being matters. Exactly why does everyone matter? No doubt you could say a few intelligent things about it, but you’d soon find yourself not quite sure what the basis for the belief is.
I argued that moral … Read the rest
‘Saudi money is now a major source of income for London libel firms. School fees and second homes depend on it.’… Read the rest
Some universities have theology departments; what of it?… Read the rest
‘They write to me, bright and ambitious students who feel spied on, coerced, hounded and tormented.’… Read the rest
Archbishop says the supposed revelations are highly questionable. Tsk.… Read the rest
September 18, 2007
To His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
The people of Iran are experiencing difficult times both internationally and domestically. Internationally, they face the threat of a military attack from the US and the imposition of extensive sanctions by the UN Security Council. Domestically, a despotic state has – through constant and organized repression – imprisoned them in a life and death situation.
Far from helping the development of democracy, US policy over the past 50 years has consistently been to the detriment of the proponents of freedom and democracy in Iran. The 1953 coup against the nationalist government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the unwavering support for the despotic regime of the Shah, … Read the rest
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown talks better sense this time.
You hear these outpourings of grief and hopelessness a lot these days. Ignorance is not bliss, it is oblivion, wrote the American novelist Philip Wylie. Ill-educated, volatile, easily led, despised by millions, Muslims the world over are falling into that void, into oblivion. Some are and will be annihilated by external foes and enemies within, including the demon cheerleaders inside the heads of suicide bombers, but many more will be consumed by their own terror of the modern world.
There is discrimination, she notes, but there is also self-limitation.
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In nearly all universities in this country, including the elite establishments, there are cells of well organised Muslim obscurantists who entice or bully
Once the narrative is determined, it’s virtually impervious to revision. … Read the rest
A thinking bird would topple everything we’d previously assumed about animal intelligence.… Read the rest
‘In many respects, the Bible was the world’s first Wikipedia article.’… Read the rest
Jesus-irony is ‘like walking by a funeral and shouting obscenities at a family.’… Read the rest
Daily ‘act of worship of a broadly Christian nature’ must remain mandatory in all state schools.… Read the rest
I’ve just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I know, I know, you all read it two years ago, where have I been – well I meant to read it but didn’t get to it, but I spotted it at the library the other day and grabbed it.
Absolutely extraordinary novel. Shockingly readable, for one thing, in the way thrillers are supposed to be but mostly (for me) aren’t, and also fascinating in multiple ways.
Consider item (or entry or chapter) 181 for instance. It starts ‘I see everything’ then goes on to enumerate the detail with which Christopher does indeed see and notice, if not everything, at least a great deal more than non-autistic … Read the rest