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Paul Krugman on Cash for Trash *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

Paulson wants a plan with dictatorial power and no strings. Slow down there, cowboy.… Read the rest

Obama Chats With Bartlet *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

‘I won’t lie to you, being fictional was a big advantage.’… Read the rest

Naser Khader Addresses UN HRC *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

The Danish MP rejects protecting God’s rights before we protect human rights.… Read the rest

New Team Attacks Religious Privilege at UN *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

Roy Brown and David Littman now have company as Austin Dacey and Hugo Estrella join the fight.… Read the rest

Roy Brown Reads CFI-IHEU Statement *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

Mr President, criticism of Islam, or of any other religion, is not racism: it is a human right.… Read the rest

Miguel Servetus Haunts Geneva *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

Existing instruments protect believers against incitement. To go further would be to protect the contents of belief itself.… Read the rest

Inside the Vaccine-and-autism Panic *

Sep 23rd, 2008 | Filed by

Offit deconstructs the anti-vaccine movement as one driven by bad science, litigious greed, hype and ego.… Read the rest

Shameless logrolling

Sep 23rd, 2008 11:14 am | By

Good, the word is getting out. That was the idea. It needs to get out, and it also needs to be not a monopoly of right-wing blogs. This is not an inherently right-wing concern, to put it mildly – and the more it is left as such the more it strikes people as perhaps possibly vaguely racist – but it isn’t – so it’s good that it’s getting out.

PZ gets the word out. The Freethinker does too. Norm also does. Mick Hartley is another. Dale is another.… Read the rest

In Geneva

Sep 22nd, 2008 5:26 pm | By

Austin Dacey has been in Geneva all this month on assignment from the Center for Inquiry to defend human rights against attacks from people who prefer religious rights. Hillel Neuer of UN Watch got down to work the next day.

For several years, states from the Organization of the Islamic Conference have advanced resolutions to combat “the defamation of religion,” which have passed handily. In March, the OIC, aided by Russia, China, Cuba, and the so-called non-aligned states, succeeded in altering the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression to include monitoring and reporting on “abuses” of expression on matters of religion. In late August, an Abuja, Nigeria regional meeting (in preparation for the Durban II conference

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Debate on ‘Defamation of Religions’ at the UN *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

France and then Belgium came out strongly, saying that people have rights, religions do not.… Read the rest

Jesus is More Humble Than Mo *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

No, Mo is more humble than Jesus. No, Jesus is – oh never mind.… Read the rest

Hating the Other *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Ahab hated Moby Dick; Moby Dick is the Other; people hate Osama bin Laden; OBL is the Other. QED.… Read the rest

Samuel Fleischacker on Israel-Palestine *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

There are good reasons to object to a state that favours a religion or culture, as well as a state that favours a race.… Read the rest

FGM Common in Egypt Despite Ban *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Parents said they disobeyed the law to comply with religious beliefs and curb daughters’ sexual drive.… Read the rest

Men With Sexist Views Make More Money *

Sep 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Perhaps because domineering men are likely to be promoted.… Read the rest

Islam and Human Rights

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske

This article is excerpted (with permission) from the Center for Inquiry report Islam and human rights: Defending Universality at the United Nations by Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske (pp. 5-6, 9, 16, 17, 21-2, 23). Read the whole report.

As this paper is being written, sixty years after the issuance of the world’s first and greatest
statement in favor of universal human rights, both the document and the institution put in
place to protect its ideals (what has, since 2006, been called the UN Human Rights Council)
are threatened more than ever. There is now an alternative human rights system, infused with
religious language and layered with exceptions, omissions and caveats. The movement toward
“Islamic human rights” (IHR) has … Read the rest

Why Knowing Something Matters *

Sep 21st, 2008 | Filed by

The problem is that half the electorate revels in Palin’s lack of intellectual qualifications.… Read the rest

Haredi Sect Bullying Women in Jerusalem *

Sep 21st, 2008 | Filed by

More than 30% of Jewish residents in Jerusalem are Haredi, while 22% are secular.… Read the rest

Theo Hobson Says How ‘Difficult’ His ‘Faith’ Is *

Sep 21st, 2008 | Filed by

When he says he believes God created him he is making a difficult statement of faith.… Read the rest

Nearly All the Dead So Far Are Pakistanis *

Sep 21st, 2008 | Filed by

The target may have been US security officials, but the victims are mostly local.… Read the rest