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Cherie Blair thinks god is nice to women

Dec 8th, 2008 11:04 am | By

So Cherie Blair is giving a lecture in Rome on Friday titled ‘Religion as a force in protecting women’s human rights’. So…..what’s she going to say then? What can she say? It would be interesting to know.

One wonders if she’s going to just…make stuff up. People do that you know. I’ve noticed it. They like women’s rights, and they like religion, so they want to say the one helps or supports or fosters or protects the other – but there is very little evidence of that, and quite a lot of evidence of its opposite. So what are they to do? Well…just say things, that’s what. Religion allows that, and most other institutions and bystanders allow it too. … Read the rest

Catholic Cardinal Whines About Secularism *

Dec 7th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Atheism has become more vocal and aggressive.’ It’s an outrage! Atheism should be silent and passive!… Read the rest

Anti-abortion Rights Campaigners v Cherie Blair *

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Blair giving a lecture titled ‘Religion as a Force in protecting Women’s Human Rights.’ Yeah right.… Read the rest

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People *

Dec 7th, 2008 | Filed by

Ooh naughty – smirking incredulity, casually derogatory remark, provocation, tut tut.… Read the rest

Tariq Ramadan Issues Some Instructions *

Dec 7th, 2008 | Filed by

‘No one can deny that some individuals do face discrimination because of their “religion”.’… Read the rest

Race to Rescue Doctor from Forced Marriage *

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Dr Abedin is being held captive by her family in Dhaka; she is thought to have been violently beaten.… Read the rest

Conscience and belief is it

Dec 7th, 2008 11:16 am | By

The Cardinal talks the usual familiar self-pitying self-serving bullshit.

“Although the tone of public discussion is sceptical or dismissive rather than antireligious, atheism has become more vocal and aggressive.” Britain’s most senior Catholic leader says that the “unfriendly climate for people of all faiths” has united the country’s three major faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

In complaining about people who don’t share their baseless ‘faiths’ having the gall to speak up. Touching to see them unite though, when in the good old days they used to slaughter each other at every opportunity.

“The vocal minority who argue that religion has no role in modern British society portray Catholic teaching on the family as prejudiced and intolerant to those pursuing

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Other people far away

Dec 5th, 2008 12:22 pm | By

Norm makes a very sharp and telling point.

Periodically, the Guardian newspaper carries an op-ed piece on how somebody or other, typically a Western government, is sowing fear for some nefarious purpose. If the piece isn’t by Madeleine Bunting, then it’s likely to be by Simon Jenkins. And so it is today. He’s talking ‘scaremongering’, ‘politics of fear’, ‘fear politics’, ‘the pervasiveness of fear’…

Yes isn’t he just:

The media’s fondness for describing any explosion as “al-Qaeda-linked” has turned what was a tiny, if efficient, cabal of fanatics into a global menace, ridiculously on a par with Hitler and postwar communism…At least organised crime and communism posed genuine threats to American liberties. Al-Qaida does not, yet it has

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Normblog on Simon Jenkins on ‘Scaremongering’ *

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As long as the bombers announce their hatred of secular law and liberty, the Simon Jenkinses can’t wait to urge you to relax.… Read the rest

Many Opposition Activists Missing in Zimbabwe *

Dec 5th, 2008 | Filed by

The whereabouts of 14 MDC activists and a baby are still unknown more than a month since they disappeared. … Read the rest

Cries for Help From Congo’s War Victims *

Dec 5th, 2008 | Filed by

‘We have been abandoned. Who will protect us? Who will help us?’… Read the rest

HRW to Zimbabwe: Where is Mukoko? *

Dec 5th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Mukoko has been abducted in suspicious and alarming circumstances, and we are profoundly concerned about her well-being.’… Read the rest

COSATU Condemns Union Arrests in Zimbabwe *

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COSATU condemns arrest of dozens of union leaders and the abduction of Jestina Mukoko.… Read the rest

AI Demands Release of Jestina Mukoko *

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Mukoko is the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, was grabbed by gunmen December 3.… Read the rest

Nigeria: Child ‘Witch’ Killer Arrested *

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Police in south-east Nigeria have arrested a man who claimed to have killed 110 child ‘witches.’… Read the rest

Odinga, Tutu Say Mugabe Must Go *

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Collapse of health systems and water supply in Harare are major reasons for the cholera deaths.… Read the rest

Study Shows Physical ‘Self’ is a Trick of the Mind *

Dec 4th, 2008 | Filed by

Neuroscientists induced ‘out of body’ experiences; will help researchers understand how the brain constructs a sense of physical self.… Read the rest

Launch of Campaign Against Sharia in UK *

Dec 4th, 2008 | Filed by

Campaign organiser Maryam Namazie says sharia’s voluntary nature is a sham: many women will be forced. … Read the rest

Romania Removes Evolution From Curriculum *

Dec 4th, 2008 | Filed by

Minister of Education says it’s implicit. Nonsense, say critics: if it’s not there it’s not there.… Read the rest

Aid Worker Murdered in Sri Lanka *

Dec 4th, 2008 | Filed by

A Vigneswaran worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council, was killed by gunmen in Batticaloa last week.… Read the rest