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.


Marieme Helie Lucas on the fundamentalist political agenda. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Fundamentalists want to impose a religious identity on all citizens, by virtue of their birth place rather than by choice, thus denying freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of consciousness.… Read the rest



Emily Bourgeois helps children in Uganda *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

She houses, feeds, clothes and pays for the schooling of orphans in Uganda.… Read the rest



Brian Whitaker on Joseph Massad on ‘the Gay International’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Gay rights are part of the Orientalist project.… Read the rest



Remember Hazlitt *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Michael Foot, A C Grayling, Tom Paulin, Andrew Motion, Ian Mayes at ceremony to do that.… Read the rest



Flemming Rose on why he published the cartoons *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

This is a popular trick of totalitarian movements: Label any critique or call for debate as an insult and punish the offenders. … Read the rest



Debunking Edward Said *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Ibn Warraq on a one-eyed view of the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds.… 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



Postmodernism and Fabrication of History *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Historians are always making up figures,’ said Lyndall Ryan. Oh really?… Read the rest



Charles Murray is Deeply in Love With Sarah Palin *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The last thing we need are more pointy-headed intellectuals running the government.… Read the rest



Aids Denialists [pdf] *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

AIDS denial plays a corrosive role in the health policies of many countries, but nowhere has the damage been as extreme or as enduring as in South Africa.… Read the rest



Dabashi interview *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Very nasty stuff… Read the rest



Inca children were fattened-up before sacrifice *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Inca were imperialists too, and the treatment of such peasant children may have served to instil fear and facilitate social control over remote mountain areas.… Read the rest



The ‘Faith Community Liaison Group’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A ministerial working group in the Home Office charged with injecting religious ideas ‘across Whitehall’. … Read the rest



Flemming Rose on the cartoons *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Does a religion have the right to impose its religious taboos onto the public domain?… Read the rest



Religious Schools: the Case Against *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Muslim students file rights complaint against Maclean’s *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Massimo Puglicci reads Stanley Fish on atheism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Another demonstration that atheism is simply not permissible.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt talks to Der Spiegel *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Feminism created a new normal. … Read the rest



AIDS Denial is Pseudoscience *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The scientific evidence is overwhelming and has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, the way science is supposed to be done. … Read the rest



AI asks bloggers to support free speech *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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