Dr Dave Rosser gives a press conference, and so does her father Ziauddin Yousufzai. “Can she sit her exams?” “Yes, probably.”… Read the rest
Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.
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Her parents are now in Birmingham to be with her.… Read the rest
The plaintiffs claim daily classroom affirmation that the nation is “under God” violates state constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination.… Read the rest
A repressive mindset has been allowed to flourish in Pakistan because of the madrassa system set up by power-hungry clerics.… Read the rest
In one, a brother killed his sister; in the other, an uncle killed his niece. Both were said to have been in an “objectionable situation.”… Read the rest
The honourable left-wing response was then and is now to fight back and support Muslims and ex-Muslims around the world who want to resist theocratic politics.… Read the rest
People of a Muslim background face unique difficulties in abandoning their religion, both in predominantly Muslim countries and in Europe.… Read the rest
“It wasn’t until I started talking about feminism to skeptics that I realized I didn’t have a safe space.”… Read the rest
Prof Maiani, a physicist, said the Serious Risks Commission could not work “in such difficult conditions.”… Read the rest
How dare a woman talk in public?… Read the rest
There is lip service to “you can be anything” but the real message is be hot or go away.… Read the rest
All have been barred from ever holding public office again, and ordered to pay court costs and damages.… Read the rest
Amnesty International said in a report in June that such attacks appeared designed to intimidate women and prevent them from participating in public life.… Read the rest
Greeks who are proud they live in a secular democracy protecting the freedom of speech discovered that the law against blasphemy has been strengthened.… Read the rest
Blames pesky “Western” and Latin American opposition. (Latin America is in the Western hemisphere yo.)… Read the rest
He tried to coerce a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy to refuse an abortion. He told her “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”… Read the rest
She’s not old enough to consent to sex, but is old enough to be charged with first degree murder.… Read the rest
She has stood up. She is making good progress.… Read the rest
“Variations of the Scout Promise are available for different faiths, however all variations of the Promise must recognise the ‘Duty to God’ element.”… Read the rest