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Spiralling Religious Violence in Bashika and Mosul *

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Stoning of Doaa Aswad Dekhil, shooting of 23 factory workers, students told to convert or die.… Read the rest

Religious Schools and Brainwashing *

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Stephen Law notes two ways we can shape beliefs: giving reasons, or applying purely causal mechanisms.… Read the rest

Court Refuses ‘Miss D’ Permission to Travel *

May 7th, 2007 | Filed by

The judge said that granting the order would amount to a failure to protect the rights of the unborn.… Read the rest

One is the act, the other is the agent

May 7th, 2007 11:27 am | By

Hmm. I’ve spotted a possible addendum or amendment that could make the apparent disagreement disappear like a popped soap bubble. I think getting it right – the gerund, the activity, the verb – is praiseworthy; but that doesn’t mean I think people who get it right are necessarily praiseworthy for doing so. I don’t really think that, I suppose – I just think they ought to, we ought to, as we ought to be civil and considerate as opposed to rude and troublesome. Maybe that was the point. I can buy that. Sure – I get it! The smugness and self-congratulation comes in if people preen themselves on simply doing the right thing. Now that, I think, is a … Read the rest

Getting things right, or trying to

May 7th, 2007 11:05 am | By

I’ve been pondering the connection (if any) between getting things right or getting at the truth, and merit. The pondering was prompted by this post at Talking Philosophy and specifically one part of the overall argument:

I don’t think that getting things right – in the sense of believing or accepting something to be true, rather than finding out that something is true (yes, I know – the distinction is complex) – is praiseworthy. Or, at least, I don’t think it is praiseworthy enough to justify the cloying smugness that some people – and groups – manifest when they think that they have got things right.

I saw the point of that at first (and perhaps still do in the … Read the rest

Irish Health Service Drops Opposition *

May 6th, 2007 | Filed by

HSE will agree to let Miss D travel to UK for an abortion.… Read the rest

Bridge-building Football Game Called Off *

May 6th, 2007 | Filed by

Imams refused to play if women played, priests said okay no women, women said eh?… Read the rest

Kyrgyzstan and the ‘Tradition of Bride Kidnapping’ *

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Be careful not to see it through western eyes though.… Read the rest

Video of Stoning Shown on Internet *

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Cellphone videos show an Iraqi mob stoning and kicking to death a 17-year-old girl.… Read the rest

Mob Films Girl’s Murder on Cameraphones *

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As a warning to other sluts? No doubt. [Caution: don’t watch.]… Read the rest

Akinola Installs Rebel Bishop in Anglican Splinter *

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Fuel for the debate over the proper reading of Scripture on homosexuality and other issues. … Read the rest

A fun outing

May 6th, 2007 11:36 am | By


Cellphone videos have appeared on the Internet showing an Iraqi mob stoning and kicking to death a 17-year-old girl after she offended her minority community by eloping with a Muslim man…In the video – on the Kurdish website Jebar.Info and rapidly spreading on the Internet – Aswad is shown lying in the road as men kick her and throw a large lump of rock or concrete at her head. Her face is drenched in blood but uniformed and armed officers of the Iraqi police stand by and do nothing to prevent the attack…At one point she struggles to sit up and cover herself, but a man kicks her in the face knocking her violently back to the ground…Members

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Stephen Moss Talks to Slavoj Zizek *

May 5th, 2007 | Filed by

‘Slovenian philosopher, cineaste, professional contrarian. He is feted as an “academic rock star”.’… Read the rest

Who’s Kwame Anthony Appiah? *

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The questions he poses are disturbing, since they expose the errors of our most cherished forms of selfhood. … Read the rest

Interview with Amartya Sen *

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Democracy can be seen as government by discussion, responding to and protecting public discussion. … Read the rest

Turkish Women and Islamism *

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Some fear it, others are thrilled.… Read the rest

Bush Promises to Veto Abortion Rights *

May 5th, 2007 | Filed by

‘I will veto any legislation that encourages the destruction of human life.’ No more capital punishment then?… Read the rest

Vatican’s Thigh-slapper About ‘Terrorist’ Comedian *

May 4th, 2007 | Filed by

There are terrorists around, therefore jokes are terrorism. Huh?… Read the rest

Irish Abortion Court Case Continues *

May 4th, 2007 | Filed by

Effort to force teenager to carry anencephalic foetus to term continues.… Read the rest

Stunning 12th Century Buddhist Art Found in Nepal *

May 4th, 2007 | Filed by

Sheep herder told researchers of caves containing a mural of 55 panels.… Read the rest