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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Loon wants death penalty for “rebellious children” *

Oct 9th, 2012 | Filed by

“The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21,” Charlie Fuqua wrote in his book God’s Law.Read the rest



Pakistan: girls’ rights activist, 14, shot *

Oct 9th, 2012 | Filed by

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC that they attacked her because she is anti-Taliban and secular, adding that she would not be spared.… Read the rest



Galloway sues National Union of Students for libel *

Oct 7th, 2012 | Filed by

The NUS called him a rape-denier after he said Assange had been accused of nothing more than “bad sexual etiquette”.… Read the rest



Robin Morgan and Mona Eltahawy talk *

Oct 7th, 2012 | Filed by

“With a president from the Muslim Brotherhood movement and a still very powerful military, we’re caught between a very bad rock and a very horrible hard place.”… Read the rest



Theocrats want both tax exemption and political partisanship *

Oct 7th, 2012 | Filed by

That’s unconstitutional, but theocrats don’t care about that.… Read the rest



Boy chained at madrassa to stop him running away *

Oct 7th, 2012 | Filed by

The police said that the madrassa management had chained the boy a few days ago to prevent him from escaping.… Read the rest



Germany: new law would permit religious circumcision *

Oct 6th, 2012 | Filed by

Because it’s religion that counts, not the rights of children.… Read the rest



Ritual circumcisions resume in Germany *

Oct 6th, 2012 | Filed by

Yay! Parents allowed to have their infant boys trimmed again.… Read the rest



Dalia Ziada warns Egypt’s revolution is backsliding *

Oct 6th, 2012 | Filed by

“I don’t believe there can be a democracy unless women are properly in power,” she said in a speech at Tufts University yesterday.… Read the rest



Golden Dawn, Greece and blasphemy law *

Oct 6th, 2012 | Filed by

Golden Dawn’s popularity has been rising, so it can influence the public agenda, with help of  populist Greek media and government’s fear of losing conservative voters.… Read the rest



Brian Leiter and Michael Weisberg review Thomas Nagel *

Oct 5th, 2012 | Filed by

The sciences that have worked so well for us are precisely our benchmark for what we know and what is rational; they’re the things that are keeping us “afloat.”… Read the rest



LSE ASH retains its right to free expression *

Oct 5th, 2012 | Filed by

The cartoons will not be removed from the LSESU ASH page, nor will the prefix LSESU be removed from the society’s name.… Read the rest



Students ejected from event for naming a pineapple Mohammed *

Oct 5th, 2012 | Filed by

The Reading University Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society had a stall that included a pineapple labeled “Mohammed.” You know the rest.… Read the rest



26 complaints about What Doctors Don’t Tell You *

Oct 4th, 2012 | Filed by

The Nightingale Collaboration submitted complaints about 26 adverts in WDDTY to the Advertising Standards Authority. This may be a record.… Read the rest



Jerusalem bus company Egged drops all advertising *

Oct 4th, 2012 | Filed by

“Egged has not given in to the Haredim. This is purely a business decision.” To avoid vandalism by the Haredim.… Read the rest



Egypt: 2 children arrested for “desecrating” the Koran *

Oct 4th, 2012 | Filed by

One is 9, the other is 10.… Read the rest



The kissing sailor and the unconsenting nurse *

Oct 4th, 2012 | Filed by

It turns out that was an assault, but it doesn’t do to say so.… Read the rest



Salvation Army church propagandizing teenagers *

Oct 4th, 2012 | Filed by

Why would a church show D’Souza’s anti-Obama propaganda to teenagers? Their tax exemption requires them to be politically neutral.… Read the rest



Grape seeds cure all the things *

Oct 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Grape seeds have been pounced on by supplement makers for their health-boosting properties and potential to fight ageing, obesity, cancer and more.… Read the rest



From the people threatening to sue Simon Singh *

Oct 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Medical researcher and WDDTY contributor Joseph Hattersley says that the risk of cot deaths increases five-fold at times of geopathic stress.… Read the rest