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‘Religious Leaders’ Interfere on Embryo Bill *

May 19th, 2008 | Filed by

‘We need to fight to uphold and protect our humanity.’ From what?… Read the rest

Gregorius Nekschot’s Arrest Condemned *

May 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Trouw: ‘A society that prevents artistic expression is playing with fire.’… Read the rest

Illegal to Slam Scientology in UK *

May 19th, 2008 | Filed by

CPS solicitors advised cops that any signs saying ‘Scientology is a cult’ could be deemed offensive. … Read the rest

MP Says Hybrid Embryos Should be Banned *

May 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Says they’re ethically wrong. Doesn’t say why.… Read the rest

Burma Continues to Limit Foreign Aid *

May 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Will accept some, but only if channelled through neighbours. Meanwhile 2 million people suffer.… Read the rest

Edward Blyth: Creationist or Just Another Misinterpreted Scientist?

May 19th, 2008 | By James K. Willmot

In early December, 2007, my hometown newspaper, the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal, published my opinion piece concerning the newly opened creation museum in northern Kentucky.[1] I’m a former science teacher with a particular interest in the understanding and advancement of science in society, so the article expressed my extreme concern that this $27 million monument to the acceptance of blind faith over science and reason is exceeding attendance expectations and gaining momentum in their mission to cast doubt, in whatever way they can, on evolutionary biology and the multitude of scientific theories that support it. I went to the museum and toured it twice during their opening weekend in late May of 2007. While no one can argue with the high … Read the rest

The church this, the church that

May 19th, 2008 11:47 am | By

The effort to ban hybrid embryos failed.

The Roman Catholic Church has branded the use of hybrid embryos as “monstrous” and says tinkering with life in this way is immoral.

So what? Who cares what the Roman Catholic Church says? The Roman Catholic church says a lot of things, and many of them are morally execrable. The Roman Catholic Church also does a lot of things, and many of those stink too. The Roman Catholic Church worries far too much about cells in dishes and far too little about existing, thinking people. The Roman Catholic Church gets too much respectful attention, and it gets this respectful attention by staging moral panics about things that are not morally significant. That’s … Read the rest

Foul beliefs no barrier

May 18th, 2008 5:27 pm | By

Nick Cohen looks at what happened with ‘Undercover Mosque,’ specifically the interesting question of why the police and the Crown Prosecution service saw fit to accused channel 4 of making stuff up.

Its undercover journalists infiltrated radical mosques. They recorded assorted preachers calling for the subjugation of women, the murder of homosexuals and Jews, the replacement of the ‘man-made’ laws of a democracy with the religious edicts of a theocratic state and the eternal damnation of Muslims who did not follow Wahhabi doctrine and infidels who did not accept the true faith.

Well…that’s racist stuff, right? That must be why the cops got involved.

Haras Rafiq of the Sufi Muslim Council, said: ‘Wahhabis and their offshoots are teaching Muslim youngsters

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NSS Calls for Inquiry *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Debate was derailed by zeal of the WMP and the CPS whose action appeared to signal no-go areas of inquiry.… Read the rest

Cartoonist Arrested for ‘Insulting’ Cartoons *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Many of Gregorius Nekschot’s cartoons make fun of Islam. And that’s illegal?… Read the rest

Why Did the Police Accuse Channel 4? *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

The best explanation for now lies in Patani’s title: assistant chief constable (security and cohesion).… Read the rest

Kambakhsh Tells Appeals Court of Torture *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh was convicted in January of ‘insulting Islam.’… Read the rest

Kambakhsh Appeals Death Sentence *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

He hopes to write a book about his experience in Afghan prisons — if he gets out alive.… Read the rest

Ben Goldacre on Why Meta-analysis Matters *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Ideas like cumulative meta-analysis from the world of evidence have saved countless lives.… Read the rest

Creationists Launch ‘God Lab’ *

May 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Set up to search for scientific evidence for intelligent design. Same old ID people, Barbara Forrest notes.… Read the rest

Village Proud After Double Murder *

May 17th, 2008 | Filed by

‘From society’s point of view, this is a very good thing. We have removed the blot.’… Read the rest

Family Showed No Remorse Over Murders *

May 17th, 2008 | Filed by

‘I have no regrets,’ Sunita’s mother Roshni Devi said; her husband and the family had saved its reputation. … Read the rest

A Horrible Day in Haryana *

May 17th, 2008 | Filed by

The bodies of Sunita Devi, 21, and Jasbir Singh, 22, lie on the ground after they were killed by villagers … Read the rest

Couple Murdered as Village Applauds *

May 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Going against the wishes of the community and the family will not be tolerated.… Read the rest

John Wood Dismantles Some David Brooks *

May 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Brooks has no idea what he’s talking about yet he flaunts his ignorance in a respected newspaper.… Read the rest