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Catholic Church Blocks Sex Health Advice *

Aug 20th, 2008 | Filed by

Church allows HPV vaccs for schoolgirls on condition they get no advice on protection from other STDs.… Read the rest

Catholic church decides sluts deserve cancer

Aug 20th, 2008 11:53 am | By

Religion is outdoing itself this week. The good old Catholic Church for instance, always vigilant for the well-being of humanity.

A vaccine against cervical cancer will be given to schoolgirls without them receiving any safe sex advice as a result of a controversial deal struck between the Catholic Church and health officials [in Scotland]…The Catholic Church originally raised objections to the jab on the grounds it could encourage promiscuity, but has made a U-turn after reaching an agreement with health and education bosses. The deal means girls getting the HPV jab will not receive any accompanying advice on the need to use condoms to protect themselves from other sexually transmitted diseases.

Typical. A bogus worry about a bogus guessed-at possibility … Read the rest

Muslim Rebels Rock Southern Philippines *

Aug 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Rebels stormed several towns in the southern Philippines killing at least 34 people.… Read the rest

Religious Beliefs not Grounds for Discrimination *

Aug 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Doctors may not discriminate against gays and lesbians in medical treatment on religious grounds.… Read the rest

Aisha Novel Pulled From Bookstores in Serbia *

Aug 19th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Serbia’s Islamic community said the novel offended their feelings.’ The whole community said that?… Read the rest

Debate in Europe on Self-Censorship and Islam *

Aug 19th, 2008 | Filed by

Salman Rushdie and Kurt Westergaard have protested Random House decision to pull Aisha novel.… Read the rest

Living With India’s Gender Bias *

Aug 19th, 2008 | Filed by

In Delhi only 821 girls are born for every 1,000 boys. … Read the rest

La vie en rose

Aug 18th, 2008 3:55 pm | By

Life in Afghanistan.

Asked why she was serving seven years in jail alongside hardened insurgents and criminals, the 15-year-old giggled and buried her head in her friend’s shoulder. “She is shy,” apologised fellow inmate Zirdana, explaining that the teenager had been married at a young age to an abusive husband and ran away with a boy from her neighbourhood…Ostracised from her family and village, Saliha was convicted of escaping from home and illegal sexual relations. The first carries a maximum penalty of 10 years, the second 20.

‘Escaping’ from home. Escaping from ‘home.’ It was a home she was put into as if she were a parcel, or a prisoner; and in sane parts of the world, people are … Read the rest

A French ‘Jewel of Medina’ [in French] *

Aug 18th, 2008 | Filed by

‘La France n’étant pas les Etats-Unis, ici on reste bien droit quand là-bas on se couche.’ Ouch.… Read the rest

Nigeria: Sharia Cops Go After Prostitutes *

Aug 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Sharia reintroduced some of the harsher Islamic penalties which had been removed under colonial rule.… Read the rest

Musharraf Resigns *

Aug 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Said he had believed it was his destiny to save Pakistan, helped by God (and the army).… Read the rest

Imam Wants Religious Laws in Constitution *

Aug 18th, 2008 | Filed by

Imam made the suggestion at a seminar on ‘Nigerian Constitutional Review: Imams’ Perspective.’… Read the rest

Afghan Women in Jail for Being Raped *

Aug 18th, 2008 | Filed by

‘In Afghanistan whether it is forced or not forced it is a crime because the Islamic rules say that it is.’… Read the rest

Johann Hari on Watching ‘Islamophobia’ *

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Watchers argue that Muslims are so sensitive and uncurious that their ideas must be ring-fenced from criticism.… Read the rest

Ontario Doctors Required to Practice Medicine *

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Will be expected to provide birth control and abortions despite ‘conscience.’… Read the rest

Conservative Imprints Get to Ignore the Truth *

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Why is a political propagandist running a publishing imprint? Truth is not what she’s about; campaigns are.… Read the rest

Blog by MSF Worker in Bangladesh *

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Our drivers are aid workers. It’s not ‘2 aid workers and a driver killed’; it’s 3 aid workers killed.… Read the rest

God Reduces Gas/Petrol Prices by 4%! *

Aug 17th, 2008 | Filed by

Pray at the Pump meetings began in April; since then price has fallen more than 20 cents. Amen.… Read the rest

On Intellectual Ethics

Aug 17th, 2008 | By Stephen Law, R Joseph Hoffmann, Daphne Patai, Nick Cohen

The story

From ‘You Still Can’t Write
About Muhammad’
by Asra Nomani in The Wall Street Journal.

A journalist named Sherry Jones wrote a historical novel about Aisha, who was married to Mohammed when she was 6, though he waited until she was 9 before having sex with her. The novel was due to be published this August; last April Random House sent it to several people for comment, including Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas in Austin. Jones has put Spellberg on the list because she had read Spellberg’s book, Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr. Spellberg thought the book was terrible; on … Read the rest

Stephen Law Starts a Book Club *

Aug 16th, 2008 | Filed by

First up: The God Delusion. Discussion starts August 30.… Read the rest