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A counterweight

Mar 5th, 2007 5:09 pm | By

Mina Ahadi has the right idea. She also has police protection, because – you’ll never guess – she’s had death threats.

Human rights activists have formed a “Central Council of Ex-Muslims in Germany” to help women renounce the Islamic faith if they feel oppressed by its laws…Iranian-born Mina Ahadi, 50, said she set up the group to highlight the difficulties of renouncing the Islamic faith which she believes to be misogynist. She wants the group to form a counterweight to Muslim organisations that she says don’t adequately represent Germany’s secular-minded Muslim immigrants…Renouncing Islam can carry the death penalty in a number of countries.

Misogynist? Just because of a few little death threats? Nah.

I’m also critical of Islam in Germany

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Giving the mystery a name

Mar 5th, 2007 4:50 pm | By

More from Mark Vernon. And more again. I’m still not convinced though.

But this is the over-riding issue, it seems to me, in the atheists’ dismissal of God: if they really want to be conclusive then they must address the best ideas of God available, the criterion for that being those of the great theologians…Unfortunately, or irritatingly, though, they will find that the best theologians say that God is not ultimately amenable to the kind of analysis they want to apply. For the very simple reason that God is beyond human comprehension, else not God. This is not to say that reason has no role to play in theology: it’s primary purpose is to do away with false

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Julian Baggini on Fair Trade *

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Free trade is neither good nor bad; it all depends on how consumers exercise their freedom.… Read the rest



Seminar March 8 London on Women’s Rights *

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And Islamic and religious laws. Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin. Admission free.… Read the rest



Central Council of Ex-Muslims in Germany *

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Mina Ahadi, 40 others founded Council to represent Germany’s secular-minded Muslim immigrants.… Read the rest



Iraqi Feminist in London Targeted by Islamists *

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‘With the permission of Great God, we will kill you,’ the email told Houzan Mahmoud. … Read the rest



HRW Protests Trial of Women in Tehran *

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‘Iran is prosecuting women for peacefully protesting laws that discriminate against them.’… Read the rest



Women Arrested in Tehran *

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For solidarity with five women on trial for protest against laws that discriminate against women.… Read the rest



Woman is created for the purpose of knowing god

Mar 4th, 2007 12:06 pm | By

Solana Larsen, who is blogging from the UN Conference on the Status of Women, points out the press release announcing Condoleeza Rice’s choice of delegates to attend the conference.

Bramon is a major fundraiser for Bush, and so is Guillermin Gable. Both are succesful business women, and Guillermin Gable is a member of Women Corporate Directors. Ooh well, that should make them qualified to take democratic global decisions on women in poverty, shouldn’t it? The real star is Pia Francesca de Solenni. She won an award from the Vatican for her PhD thesis. Guess what it’s about.

I am profoundly, bottomlessly sick of this administration’s insistence on appointing political hacks to everything from FEMA to putting Iraq back together … Read the rest



Sandra Harding Has a New Book Out *

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‘Harding problematizes the claim to universality that Western science rests upon.’… Read the rest



Review of Baggini’s Welcome to Everytown *

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The English feel stronger as a collective, with a philosophy of ‘conservative communitarianism.’… Read the rest



Support for Lester Bill Against Forced Marriage *

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Law will enshrine powerful rights for victims who have been compelled to marry against their will.… Read the rest



Interview with Pia Francesca de Solenni *

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Winner of Vatican prize points to ‘Christian feminism’ as antidote to secular feminism.… Read the rest



Rice Announces 3 Delegates to UN CSW *

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Lisa Guillermin Gable, Darlene Bramon, Pia Francesca de Solenni.… Read the rest



Return of Sandra Harding

Mar 4th, 2007 11:17 am | By

Ah-a. Sandra Harding has a new book – and it does look like a corker. Happily, people are taking note, and adding it to their science studies course outlines as required reading. Splendid.

The idea of this science as value- or culture-free is pulled apart by postcolonialist analyses of the culturally distinctive ways that Western science has developed…Harding problematizes the claim to universality that Western science rests upon…This evaluation is not only presented in terms of how we might transform the scientific traditions of the “Global North”, but also how we might transform the way we study science to be more critical, reflexive, and politically-engaged.

Great. Study of science that is more politically engaged. Great idea. Of course, the Bush … Read the rest



Ben Goldacre on Scare Stories *

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Deputy political editors write science articles.… Read the rest



Commission on the Status of Women Ignored *

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Mainstream media are ignoring the biggest global forum for such issues. Why is that?… Read the rest



South Korea Angry at Japan’s Denial *

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Foreign Minister said Abe’s remarks were ‘not helpful’ and the truth must be faced. … Read the rest



Japanese Govt Angry at US Sex Slave Bill *

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Many ‘comfort women’ were Korean, but some were Chinese, Philippine and Indonesian.… Read the rest



Japanese PM Questions Coercion of Sex Slaves *

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Historians believe at least 200,000 young women were forced to serve in army brothels.… Read the rest