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Everybody’s a Relativist *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Anti-abortionists cannot claim the absolutist high ground.… Read the rest

Interview With Chris Mooney *

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The think tank strategy is an attack on university-based scientific inquiry. … Read the rest

Come Back, Office of Technology Assessment *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Gingrich-revolution Republicans dismantled OTA in a stunning act of self-lobotomy.… Read the rest

Critical Guide to Unselfcritical Guide *

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Manne seems reluctant to see any of his opinions as being a debatable point. … Read the rest

Who Shifted my Paradigm? *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Postmodernist ideas have become a staple of the ID movement.… Read the rest

We Had to Destroy the Woman to Save Her

Aug 27th, 2005 2:41 am | By

I haven’t read Juan Cole before. The snippets I’ve seen here and there that other people have quoted didn’t appeal. But I saw this astonishing item at Drink-soaked Trot Popinjays, so I thought I’d pass it on.

Was American journalist Steve Vincent killed in Basra as part of an honor killing? He was romantically involved with his Iraqi interpreter, who was shot 4 times. If her clan thought she was shaming them by appearing to be having an affair outside wedlock with an American male, they might well have decided to end it. In Mediterranean culture, a man’s honor tends to be wrought up with his ability to protect his womenfolk from seduction by strange men. Where a woman

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‘Messianic-hysterical extremism’

Aug 26th, 2005 7:43 pm | By

Secularism, secularism, secularism. I’m tempted to get a bunch of t shirts made with ‘Secularism’ bannered across the front and back.

The prospects for secularism in Iraq are not looking very good. Actually they’re looking terrible.

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was a centralised and largely secular state. Now, if the Shia religious parties get their way, it will be a decentralised state with a pronounced Islamic identity. The draft of the new constitution describes Islam as “a main source” of legislation and stipulates that no law may contradict Islamic principles.

Great. There go women’s rights, for a start.

In many ways, Iraq is already dramatically different from the place it was just a few years ago. Mixed marriages between Sunni

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Will There Be an Islamic Republic of Iraq? *

Aug 26th, 2005 | Filed by

Draft of constitution stipulates that no law may contradict Islamic principles.… Read the rest

Dante Made Fun With Trendiness and Slang *

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Or perhaps not all that fun, suggests Helen Vendler.… Read the rest

Amos Oz on the Dream of Non-religious Israelis *

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We want to live in an enlightened, open and just country, not in some messianic, rabbinic monarchy.… Read the rest

Child Dies After Alternative Therapy for Autism *

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Cardiac arrest after chelation therapy to remove heavy metals from the body. … Read the rest

Lancet: Homeopathy No Better Than Placebo *

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Society of Homeopaths says controlled trial is not the way to test homeopathy. … Read the rest

Two Sides to Animal Rights Story *

Aug 25th, 2005 | Filed by

Accounts of debate on Parkinson’s and animal research differ.… Read the rest

Birmingham Rep Riot: Behind the Scenes *

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Investigative journalist Amardeep Bassey uncovers the story behind the riot.… Read the rest

Two Thirds Oppose State Aided ‘Faith’ Schools *

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Most respondents against ministers’ plans to increase number of religious schools.… Read the rest

Governments Should Not Push Religion in Schools *

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Some people’s religious certainties are putting everyone in danger.… Read the rest

Writers’ Guild Anti-Censorship Committee *

Aug 25th, 2005 | Filed by

Attacks on JSTO and Behzti and religious hatred law inspired guild to relaunch committee.… Read the rest

Women Victims of Islam

Aug 25th, 2005 | By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Due to the sensitivity of this subject I will start by making a distinction between Islam and Muslims. Islam can be described as a civilization, as a source of spiritual guidance, as a way of life and so on. Most of all Islam is a moral framework, and central to this moral frame is the decree that a believer or follower submit his will to Allah. How this submission should be practiced is worked out in the Qur’an and hadith.

A Muslim is any one – regardless of race or sex – who subscribes to or testifies to believing, among other things, that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. Besides accepting god as Allah, … Read the rest

Colin Blakemore

Aug 25th, 2005 2:28 am | By

I can’t help wondering…was it really about the guinea pigs? Or was it mostly about being a Protester, an Activist, a Rebel. Was it more about tormenting people than about rescuing animals. I can’t help suspecting, just as I can’t help suspecting similar things about those four guys on July 7. Zealots are like that. That’s why zealots are mostly so horrible.

Some protests at Darley Oaks farm have been peaceful. But other activists launched a campaign of intimidation against the Halls, their family, staff and suppliers. Their tactics, denounced as mob rule by some in the medical research industry, included hate mail, malicious phone calls, fireworks, a paedophile smear campaign, paint stripper on cars and arson attacks. The protests

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Hands Off the Sorghum

Aug 24th, 2005 11:18 pm | By

Yet another installment in the continuing series: Behold how women are treated like livestock if not worse in many parts of the world. Sometimes it’s hard to believe what you read…

Journalists who have visited Niger are reporting finding a strange phenomenon: villages in which women and children are going hungry, while there is still food in their households. Kim Sengupta of the UK’s Independent newspaper found that men had left their families, locking the grain store, while they were away. “They’ve gone away to look for work or look for money and sometimes across the border in Nigeria. And you have this strange situation where there were women in the villages with stocks of sorghum and millet with hungry

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