Twelve Muslims, two others burned to death when Best Bakery was attacked by a Hindu mob in 2002. … Read the rest
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Should we be sensitive to religious feelings or to readers’ need to get uncensored news?… Read the rest
Papers at Harvard and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign publish; UI editors suspended.… Read the rest
Reading Horowitz’s latest bit of pulp fiction with all the seriousness he can muster.… Read the rest
Summers spoke out for many causes that are central to quality in higher education.… Read the rest
The right of exit is not enough to cancel the constraining power of strong communal identities.… Read the rest
Hitchens murmurs a gentle reproach or two.
The incredible thing about the ongoing Kristallnacht against Denmark…is that it has resulted in, not opprobrium for the religion that perpetrates and excuses it, but increased respectability!…And nobody in authority can be found to state the obvious and the necessary – that we stand with the Danes against this defamation and blackmail and sabotage. Instead, all compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail, and who yell and scream for joy as the embassies of democracies are put to the torch in the capital cities of miserable, fly-blown dictatorships. Let’s be sure we haven’t hurt the vandals’ feelings.
Let’s be sure we surrender … Read the rest
All compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail.… Read the rest
Chronicle oversimplifies his women and science comments.… Read the rest
Which is already nearly unavailable there.… Read the rest
A motormouth with a mitre brings neither gaiety nor wisdom to the nations. … Read the rest
As he tried to silence a certain historian via a libel trial, perhaps?… Read the rest
Government planning initiatives to promote ‘respectful dialogue,’ with advice from Muslim countries. … Read the rest
Attacks on Muslims, in apparent retaliation for the deaths of Christians in riots in the north. … Read the rest
Distasteful, absurd, offensive, insulting, abusive, infamous, frivolous, grotesque, unfunny and plain stupid are some of the most common adjectives that have been used to describe the cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper a few months ago. Sense and sensibility are apparently the main virtues that an editorial cartoonist should now possess. So it seems that newspapers all over the world will soon need to hire new more ad hoc cartoonists. Therefore I took the liberty of writing the following job posting to help them find the “ideal” candidate.
Well-reputed newspaper looking for sensitive and sensible cartoonists
Individuals with high moral and aesthetic standards who conform with generally held views of what is acceptable, and … Read the rest
You’ve probably heard that Larry Summers is leaving Hahvahd. It’s interesting to note that the BBC is still, obstinately, misreporting what he said about women and science. I did a comment on that ages ago, months and months ago, and I can’t believe I’m the only one; surely people must have written to them to tell them they got it wrong – but maybe not, because they’re still doing it. (Andrew Marr got it wrong in talking to Steve Pinker last year; Steve said ‘that’s not what he said,’ but to no avail; no one listened.)
Lawrence Summers lost the first vote in March last year after suggesting women had less “intrinsic aptitude” than men for science.
No … Read the rest
Inside the flagship lab of the National Center of Atmospheric Research, a dozen home-schooled children and their parents walk past the offices of scientists grappling with topics from global warming and microphysics to solar storms and the electrical fields of lightning. They are trailing Rusty Carter, a guide with Biblically Correct Tours. At a large, colorful panel along a wall, Carter reads aloud from a passage describing the disappearance of dinosaurs from the earth about 65 million years ago. He and some of the older students exchange knowing smiles at the timeline,
And speaking of religious tyranny and the optimistic idea that truth will triumph ‘in the end’, there is this little problem.
A growing number of science students on British campuses and in sixth form colleges are challenging the theory of evolution and arguing that Darwin was wrong. Some are being failed in university exams because they quote sayings from the Bible or Qur’an as scientific fact and at one sixth form college in London most biology students are now thought to be creationists. Earlier this month Muslim medical students in London distributed leaflets that dismissed Darwin’s theories as false. Evangelical Christian students are also increasingly vocal in challenging the notion of evolution.
It’s unfortunate when people who are wrong … Read the rest
Meanwhile, religious tyranny is flexing its nasty poxy muscles at us. It is letting us know that it will decide what we can think and say, and that’s enough out of you thank you very much.
The pope for one.
In the current international context, the Catholic Church remains convinced that to encourage peace and understanding between peoples and individuals it is necessary and urgent that religions and their symbols be respected, and that the faithful not be subjected to provocations injuring their outlook and religious feelings.
Oh does it. Is that what the Catholic Church remains convinced. That religions must be respected, and the faithful must not have their religious feelings injured. Religions must be respected because – erm … Read the rest
Let me tell you why my grandfather, Alfred Wiener, began this collection. It was because he believed in the power of truth. He believed that the facts would win in the end. He was not a pacifist – you need to be ready to meet force with force. But lies must be fought with truth.
Daniel Finkelstein’s grandfather was clearly an admirable man (no, there is no ‘but’ coming). I agree with him in a way, perhaps the most salient way; but (there’s the but) I don’t agree in another. (At least, … Read the rest