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Toobin Reviews Breyer on ‘Active Liberty’ *

Oct 24th, 2005 | Filed by

‘He trusts Congress a lot more than the left did…and a lot more than the right does today.’… Read the rest

Bayley’s Tiresome Attempt to Tease Seriousness *

Oct 24th, 2005 | Filed by

Almost wilful flaccidity of the chit-chat, almost freakish resistance to ideas, result in mere drift.… Read the rest

Witches Excited About Religous Hatred Law *

Oct 24th, 2005 | Filed by

High priest of witches pleased they ‘will be protected by these new laws from bias or persecution.’… Read the rest

Rowan Atkinson on Religious Hatred Bill *

Oct 24th, 2005 | Filed by

‘This is about creating an intimidating and potentially stifling climate.’… Read the rest

Penguins not Christian, not Monogamous *

Oct 24th, 2005 | Filed by

Not designed. Director of ‘March of the Penguins’ irritated by Xian loonies.… Read the rest

Down With Communalism

Oct 23rd, 2005 7:31 pm | By

Well, this is where communalism and communal thinking and identity politics and endless repetition of words like ‘community’ get you.

A fourteen year old girl was alleged to have been raped ‘in an Asian hair shop, Birmingham, Perry Barr.’ Therefore -

The shop thought to be part of a chain called ‘Beauty Queens’ was one of many which were closed down in anticipation of the peaceful mass protest. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the issue and expose the tendency of national media institutions to marginalise or ignore crimes perpetrated against the African British community. At one point many advocated boycotting all Asian businesses to place pressure on the community into breaking the wall of silence it had

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Der Spiegel Interviews Orhan Pamuk *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

‘You portray a horrific world of intolerance, ethnic and religious hostilities, violence and murder.’… Read the rest

Hizb Visits Democratic Woman MP *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

The scene could have been bettered only if Harman had been a Jewish lesbian.… Read the rest

Irshad Manji on Freedom of Thought *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

It is vital that Muslims be willing to pose questions out loud.… Read the rest

Catholic Church Ruins Women’s Lives in Philippines *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Church condemns contraception and barely a fifth of the population use it.… Read the rest

AI Condemns Iranian Policy on Executions *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Amnesty International outraged that Iran continues to execute minors and stone women to death.… Read the rest

Bladders Makes Least Funny Speech of Career *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Rowan Atkinson spoke of the dangers of politicians pandering to minority religions for votes.… Read the rest

Group Offers Amendments to Religious Hatred Bill *

Oct 23rd, 2005 | Filed by

Atkinson warns of self-censorship, MCB scoffs about media frenzy.… Read the rest

Wake Up

Oct 23rd, 2005 1:15 am | By

People don’t pay enough attention. Maybe they don’t pay any attention. Maybe all those octagonal red signs just flash pointlessly in front of their eyes without being taken in. Maybe everyone is entirely made of wood. I have to wonder sometimes.

It’s this BBC item on Rowan Atkinson, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and others joining forces to urge the government to add three amendments to the religious hatred bill – ‘to ensure people can still ridicule and criticise religion.’

Opponents of the bill, which faces detailed scrutiny in the House of Lords next week, say it would outlaw jokes and criticism of beliefs. They argue that people can choose their religion, unlike their race and so should not be

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Oct 22nd, 2005 7:10 pm | By

I’m not in a mood to be tolerant and accepting. As a matter of fact I’m in a foul savage mood; I’m in a mood to bite the heads off fluffy kittens. Have been ever since yesterday. I’m in the kind of mood where people suddenly rush off to live in the Arctic circle, or quit their jobs, or try to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle and disappear somewhere in Nebraska. So be careful what you say to me.

So I’m not in an accepting embracing mood. I’m not ready to have secular commercial establishments shoving unrequested religious messages at me. (Like, what? I’m ready for that kind of thing when I’m in a good mood? No. Okay, but … Read the rest

Riot in Alexandria Kills Three *

Oct 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Riot outside a Coptic church after a protest against a play accused of ‘offending’ Islam. … Read the rest

Iran Bans Films Promoting Secularism, Feminism *

Oct 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Unethical behaviour, drug abuse, violence, alcoholism, corrupt Western values.… Read the rest

Wayne Booth *

Oct 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Humanistic education could teach when to distrust certainty.… Read the rest

Judge Mesmerized in ‘Healer’ Case *

Oct 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

‘Healer’ had escaped conviction after saying he could not give blood ‘for spiritual reasons’.… Read the rest

Some Tensions in the Religious Test *

Oct 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

Conversion is not actually such a conservative idea. Uh oh.… Read the rest