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.


Nepotistic succession in the political class *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Nepotism diminishes the role of merit and the need for democratic persuasion in how elected leaders are chosen.… Read the rest



FGM group kidnaps female journalists *

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The female kidnappers accused the journalists of insulting their traditions by criticising the practice. … Read the rest



IHEU on superstition and witchcraft in Africa *

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Attacks on witches, persecution and killings still take place. Most of the victims are women and children.… Read the rest



Being a new atheist means not saying you’re sorry *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It seems as if in order to be a ‘good’ atheist one has to feel bad about not believing in god.… Read the rest



The Skeptic’s dictionary on alien abductions *

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John Mack claimed that he could think of no better explanation for his patient’s abduction stories than that they were true.… Read the rest



IHEU against OIC censorship at the UN *

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EU will not accept that the notion of defamation of religion be integrated into the framework of human rights… Read the rest



Journalists in shock after abduction by FGM group *

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Head of group said the women were taken into “our custody because they spoke unfavourably on radio against FGM”… Read the rest



Controversy over Tariq Ramadan *

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Ramadan, integration advisor for Rotterdam council and a guest professor at the city’s Erasmus university, is under fire for presenting a weekly talk show on the Iranian channel Press TV.… Read the rest



Communal justice in Bolivia *

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Cases include death sentences for women accused of adultery and the beating, stoning, hanging, and burning of an elected official accused of corruption.… Read the rest



Alaina Podmorow in action, age 11. *

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Canadian government matches funds raised by Little Women For Little Women in Afghanistan.… Read the rest



IHEU and CFI defend the rights of women *

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IHEU also attacked the culture of censorship that now prevails in the UN HRC.… Read the rest



Afghan women protest law despite bullies screaming ‘whores!’ *

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One provision makes it illegal for a woman to refuse to “make herself up” or “dress up” if that is what her husband wants.… Read the rest



Karen Armstrong explains about God. *

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‘Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologians have insisted for centuries that God does not exist.’… Read the rest



John Hartung on ‘Love thy Neighbor’ *

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Thy neighbor is not everyone, it is thy group.… Read the rest



Steiner racism and state funding *

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At Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship ‘special pre-election seminar’ … Read the rest



Prince of Wales joins ‘detox’ fraud *

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The word detox has no agreed meaning. It is a marketing word, designed to separate the gullible from their money… Read the rest



AI asks bloggers to support free speech *

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Human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals.… Read the rest



Natalie Angier on the matriarchal myth. *

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Despite evidence that contradicts the story of a prelapsarian gynecocracy, and a glaring lack of evidence to support it, many people continue to subscribe to it. … Read the rest



Norm Geras on Minimum Utopia *

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A world cured of its worst remediable deprivations and horrors is worth aiming for.… Read the rest



Southern Baptist Seminary Offers ‘Homemaking’ Degree for Women *

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‘We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God’s word for the home and the family,’ seminary president said.… Read the rest