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.


Fadela Amara and ‘Ni putes ni soumises’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

“The veil symbolises submission to male dominance,” Fadela Amara explains.… Read the rest



Tim Sandefur on Robert Wright on Dennett *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Dennett admitted there’s a Higher Purpose! No he didn’t.… Read the rest



Role of US evangelists in Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is not being homosexual but the prevailing atmosphere of homophobia that makes some people miserable. … Read the rest



Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

3 January: I am afraid. 14 January: I may not go to school again. … Read the rest



Letter from a Birmingham jail *

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‘Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.’… Read the rest



Robert Wright on Dennett at Beliefnet *

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Dennett ‘declared that life on earth shows signs of having a higher purpose.’ Not.… Read the rest



Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Study: Flawed and Fraud *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Even a cursory review of the report reveals many potential flaws.… Read the rest



Pitcairn Island: 6 Found Guilty Of Sex Abuse *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Six men were convicted of charges including rape and indecent assault in trials that exposed a culture of sexual abuse on Pitcairn.… Read the rest



Sholto Byrnes criticizes secularism on the left. *

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For all the talk of tolerance, there are some who believe that certain subjects simply cannot be aired. And foremost among them is God.… Read the rest



Pseudoscience is not a valid educational choice *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A curious working definition of ‘diversity’ now includes funnelling public money to an occult society.… Read the rest



Anthony Gottlieb on Gods and Gardens *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

If the idea of God is inexpressible, just get on with the gardening.… Read the rest



Submission in advance *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A gigantic taboo zone has been created, repeatedly reiterated and expanded with the well-intentioned collaboration of Western intellectuals.… Read the rest



David Colquhoun on the problem of causality *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The problem is traded on by the vast and unscrupulous alternative medicine industry.… Read the rest



Raw Nerve Apologizes to Peter Tatchell *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Mr Tatchell is not Islamophobic and is not “part of the Islamophobia industry.” Nor is OutRage!’… Read the rest



The Skeptical Alt-Heath Practitioner *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A skeptical massage therapist/science writer is being sued for being ‘offensive.’… Read the rest



Escaping the Amish *

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Rape, incest, sexual abuse; physical and verbal abuse; women have no rights; rudimentary education; animal abuse.… Read the rest



Carl Sagan on Pseudoscience *

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On NPR’s Science Friday in 1996, the rising popularity of pseudoscience and the importance of critical thinking.… Read the rest



Who should be able to stop a forced marriage? *

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Bridget Prentice and Jasvinder Sanghera discuss on Woman’s Hour.… Read the rest



Cambridge Mosque press release [on mosque site] *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Cites sorrow and anger, demands apology for insult to honour of prophet. … Read the rest



Little help available for minors fleeing FLDS *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Service providers cannot help them because they’re minors and runaways. … Read the rest