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Dan Hines on the ‘Real’ Enemies of Reason *

Aug 25th, 2007 | Filed by

Why doesn’t Dawkins go after corporations instead? Because he likes to feel superior. QED.… Read the rest

Kevin Sutcliffe Dismisses ‘Islamophobia’ Charge *

Aug 25th, 2007 | Filed by

Maryam Namazie notes that Islamism conflates criticism of Islam with racism against Muslims.… Read the rest

Open Letter from Peter Irons to Stuart Pivar *

Aug 25th, 2007 | Filed by

Professor Myers’ characterization was protected opinion, not a false statement of fact.… Read the rest

The Rapture is not a viable exit strategy

Aug 24th, 2007 2:42 pm | By

The Pentagon is now a minor branch of the Southern Baptist Convention, it seems.

Last week, after an investigation spurred by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Pentagon abruptly announced that it would not be delivering “freedom packages” to our soldiers in Iraq, as it had originally intended. What were the packages to contain? Not body armor or home-baked cookies. Rather, they held Bibles, proselytizing material in English and Arabic and the apocalyptic computer game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” (derived from the series of post-Rapture novels), in which “soldiers for Christ” hunt down enemies who look suspiciously like U.N. peacekeepers.

Oh well now wouldn’t that have been a good idea. Clever old Pentagon. What’s it doing, trying to get … Read the rest

Italy Will Grant Asylum to Pegah Emambakhsh *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

So she won’t be deported to Iran to be flogged or executed. Good.… Read the rest

Ex-Klansman Convicted in 1964 Murders *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

Charges dropped in 1964 because local police were colluding with the Klan, federal prosecutors have said.… Read the rest

Pentagon Nearly Sent ‘Left Behind’ to Troops *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

Apparently Pentagon wonks thought what the Iraq war lacked was a dose of end-times theology.… Read the rest

What on Earth are West Midlands Police up to? *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

The Ofcom referral caters to the sense of ‘victim culture’ peddled by the MCB and others.… Read the rest

Alice Dreger on Writing in Fear *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

Intimidation impedes free inquiry.… Read the rest

Dreger’s Report on the Bailey Controversy [pdf] *

Aug 24th, 2007 | Filed by

‘A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex in the Internet Age’… Read the rest

When a Lesbian Says ‘We Are all Hezb’ Allah Now!’

Aug 24th, 2007 | By Azar Majedi

When my daughter’s friend told me a couple of weeks a go, that her socialist lesbian friend has a poster on her wall saying: “we are all Hezb’ Allah Now!” I said: “my God! [and I am an atheist] something has gone fundamentally wrong.”

I asked myself, what are they trying to do, mock socialists? Or, are they simply brainwashed? What is this world coming to?

This young woman has all the necessary ingredients for fighting against political Islam and Hezb’ Allah. First of all she is a woman. Just the fact of being a female is enough to make you a staunch enemy of a radically misogynist movement, unless you are brainwashed to do the opposite.

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We’re going to have people saying unpopular things

Aug 23rd, 2007 12:24 pm | By

One of these again.

J. Michael Bailey, a psychologist at Northwestern University, has promoted a theory that his critics think is inaccurate, insulting and potentially damaging to transgender women. In the past few years, several prominent academics who are transgender have made a series of accusations against the psychologist…Lynn Conway, a prominent computer scientist at the University of Michigan, sent out an e-mail message comparing Dr. Bailey’s views to Nazi propaganda…Dr. Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford, said in reference to Dr. Bailey’s thesis in the book, “Bailey seems to make a living by claiming that the things people hold most deeply true are not true.”

Oh no, not that. If he does that then nothing is too bad … Read the rest

Maryam Namazie on the Veil and Violence *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

In Iran two sisters died because their brother deemed it sinful for the paramedics to touch them. … Read the rest

Protest Deportation of Pegah Emambakhsh *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

UK is violating all the international Conventions deciding to repatriate Pegah Emambakhsh.… Read the rest

Harassment of a Scholar *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

If we’re going to have research at all, then we’re going to have people saying unpopular things.… Read the rest

Atheists Respond *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

They vilify atheists and distort their views, then complain of how divisive they are.… Read the rest

Yet Another Complaint About ‘Aggressive’ Atheism *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

First put words in its mouth, then say it can best be called aggressive.… Read the rest

Is Stealing Wireless Wrong? *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

Philosophers Nick Bostrom and Julian Baggini comment.… Read the rest

Jesus Smoked *

Aug 23rd, 2007 | Filed by

Malaysian newspaper published an image of Jesus holding a cigarette. But is that really Jesus? … Read the rest

Judgements by default

Aug 22nd, 2007 5:12 pm | By

Silencing by libel suit – it’s everywhere. Deborah Lipstadt pointed out one branch a couple of weeks ago.

Now the Saudis have silenced another book. This one is by J. Millard Burr, a former relief coordinator for Operation Lifeline Sudan, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Robert O. Collins, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. They have written a number of books on Darfur and Sudan. Their most recent book, Alms for Jihad, was published by Cambridge University Press. The authors explore how…”The Saudi royal family played a pernicious role, founding and promoting charities to spread militant Sunni Islam…” The British lawyers for Khalid bin Mahfouz and his son Abdulrahman bin Mahfouz wrote Cambridge

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