“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
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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A note about links
Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.
The famous pianist is being prosecuted over tweets he wrote mocking radical Muslims. He is charged with inciting hatred and insulting the values of Muslims.… Read the rest
It is a cultural myth—one particular to the Internet—that the methods of a harasser are fundamentally “legal,” and that the state is helpless to intervene in all cases like this.… Read the rest
The divisive act, which was passed in 1996, bars federal recognition of such marriages and says other states cannot be forced to recognize them.… Read the rest
As current and former heads of major publishing houses, we know the value of words. They inform actions and shape the world views of all.… Read the rest
Australia’s Macquarie dictionary currently defines misogyny as “hatred of women”, but will now add a second definition to include “entrenched prejudice against women.”… Read the rest
A team of male and female vaccinators was going door-to-door to administer polio drops to children under 5 when gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a male volunteer.… Read the rest
“I can’t stand how I am at the moment, covered in a veil from head to toe. It’s as if I was in prison,” 15-year-old Aicha said.… Read the rest
The Islamists told her to stop talking to men, but she didn’t stop, so they assaulted her.… Read the rest
Given the severity of the injury, there is a strong possibility there may be some higher-level cognitive deficits.… Read the rest
Religious leaders should not be in charge of human rights but rather men and women who are striving for an equal society.… Read the rest
The panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK center which can provide integrated care to severely injured children.… Read the rest
Those pushing this struggle forward are not foreign. They are people like the teachers assassinated simply for going to work.… Read the rest
“She is making slow and steady progress which is in keeping with expectations,” the Pakistani military said in a statement released Sunday.… Read the rest
The spectacle of fascists physically attacking people whose moral agenda they disapprove of has become routine in today’s Greece.… Read the rest
The belief that men deserve a veil of privacy that makes it easier to harass, beat, and rape women is ingrained in our society.… Read the rest
14-year-old was grabbed and held captive for a week, and repeatedly gang-raped. Back at school she was publicly chastised by her principal and expelled.… Read the rest
Guess why.… Read the rest
Barry Thew, 39, was arrested wearing the top with the words “one less pig perfect justice” hours after the deaths of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.… Read the rest
Any plans to end child poverty? How about racial equality? Why lock up so many people? What about civil liberties? Separation of church and state?… Read the rest