Flashback

Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


Fred Halliday on Blasphemy and Power *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is not possible to insult or defame someone who has been dead for 1,374 years.… Read the rest



Muslim Council of Britain unable to attend Holocaust Memorial day *

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Because it is too ‘mixed with the politics of the day’… Read the rest



Politeness on ‘In Our Time’ *

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The Spectator, coffee houses, no swords, drawing rooms, books, mixing, nobility and gentry, Boswell’s dirty breeches, and much more.… Read the rest



The Pope is also a head of state, and that’s bad *

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The Vatican’s fictive statehood allows it to promote its retrograde gender values in multilateral forums as well… Read the rest



Advertising Standards Authority rules out miracle cure ad *

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The ASA said Peniel Pentecostal Church had to offer proof at least comparable with that required of makers of washing powder… Read the rest



Horseplay in Harappa *

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Collection of articles on on the ways Hindutva propagandists distort ancient Indian history. … Read the rest



Eagleton on Spivak *

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Be as obscurantist as you can get away with, decently or indecently.… Read the rest



Ramin Jahanbegloo on a philosophy of tolerance *

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Attentiveness towards others and openness towards truth is still not a matter of common sense in some religious and political cultures.… Read the rest



Piers Benn on Islamophobia-phobia *

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Many who fear the rise of Islamophobia veer away from critical analysis of Islamic claims and practices, perhaps for fear of what they might find.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo on Mother Teresa *

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Not for fans of the saint… Read the rest



Evidence and persuasion *

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Robert Wilcocks on Jacques Bénesteau’s Mensonges freudiens : Histoire d’une désinformation séculaireRead the rest



Denis Donoghue Reviews Illness as Metaphor. *

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Impatient with nuances and discriminations that would impede the march of her argument.… Read the rest



So where are these powerful arguments? *

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Alister McGrath says Richard Dawkins is a crude religious propagandist… Read the rest



Carl Zimmer Reviews The God Gene *

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Or rather, a gene for something labeled ‘spirituality.’… Read the rest



British diplomats rescue women from forced marriages *

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Rehman has been thrashed by her father, threatened at gunpoint by her uncle and forced to marry a complete stranger… Read the rest



The Things We Forgot to Remember *

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OU/Radio 4 series on which bits of history we remember and which we don’t… Read the rest



Witch-hunts in Orissa *

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When someone gets ill, women are punished.… Read the rest



Costing an Arm and a Leg *

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Mental disorders come and go.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo on Righteous Blasphemy *

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Jesus is reading The Philosophers’ Magazine.… Read the rest



Tony Sewell and Lee Jasper on racism and school. *

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We need to challenge a youth culture that thinks to do well in school is ‘to act white.’… Read the rest