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.


The Religious Policeman on the ‘Muslim Offense Level’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Reasons not to talk about stampedes where “several” poor Third-World Muslims died.… 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



Got a complaint? Call 1-800-Human-Rights. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Canadian Islamic Congress has a new partner in its censorship campaign: the state … Read the rest



Flora Terah: beaten and tortured for running for office *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘In Kenya, and especially in the Ameru community I belong to, women are not supposed to get leadership positions.’… Read the rest



Afghanistan: a Just Intervention *

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Chris Bertram asks why the British left reacted the way it did.… Read the rest



A History of Neglect *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Paddy Doyle’s timeline of Irish Industrial Schools and failed attempts to reform them.… Read the rest



Religious Schools: the Case Against *

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Extracts from Humanist Philosophers’ Group pamphlet.… Read the rest



Would Steve Gould have signed the ‘Steves’ list? *

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‘There is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence.’… Read the rest



Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust marks FGM Zero Tolerance day *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is estimated that as many as 74,000 women in the UK have had FGM and that every year a further 7,000 are at risk. … Read the rest



Shazia Qayum is spokeswoman for the Forced Marriage Unit. *

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She was locked in a room for a year for refusing a forced marriage, spent five years living in shelters hiding from her family.… Read the rest



Muslim students file rights complaint against Maclean’s *

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Faisal Joseph, a lawyer from the Canadian Islamic Congress who is representing the four students, argued that journalists can’t write just anything.… Read the rest



LRA accused of selling food aid *

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ICC prosecutor says the rebels are using the money they make to rearm.… Read the rest



Profile of Wangari Maathai *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

She rose to prominence fighting for those most easily marginalised in Africa – poor women. … Read the rest



Newspaper articles on child abuse in Ireland *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Paddy Doyle has a large collection saved.… Read the rest



The Ethics of Belief *

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A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship.… Read the rest



James Harkin on The Threat to Reason *

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Enlightenment 2.0 makes for a rather toothless, muddled kind of liberation. … Read the rest



Joanne Payton on Sati *

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Across rural India, it’s easy to find people who revere sati as the ultimate demonstration of womanly honour, devotion and piety. … Read the rest



Research? hmm. Torture? go right ahead. *

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Ben Goldacre asks: Where’s your ethics committee now, science boy?… Read the rest



Canada will not participate in Durban II *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Durban I degenerated into open expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism that undermined the very goals the conference sought to achieve.… Read the rest



Brad DeLong on books as people *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘As long as I think of these as “texts,” they are dry and boring. But there is a key to making them exciting: to remember that they are not texts: they are people–people urgently trying to talk to me, to tell me something very important that they think I desperately need to know.’… Read the rest