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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Alt health mag threatens to sue Simon Singh *

Oct 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Singh offered to meet the distributors and introduce them to medical experts, but they declined and told him they had “sought legal advice.”… Read the rest



Jury finds Deanna DeJesus guilty of child neglect *

Oct 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Mistrial on aggravated manslaughter charge for failing to prevent her heavily armed husband from killing their child.… Read the rest



Soldiers forced to attend prayer for suicide prevention *

Oct 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

The students were not given an opportunity to remove themselves. The entire theater was forced into a mass christian prayer.… Read the rest



Ikea apologizes for airbrushing women out of catalogue *

Oct 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

“We are now reviewing our routines to safeguard a correct content presentation from a values point-of-view in the different versions of the Ikea catalogue worldwide,” it said.… Read the rest



Washington Post reports on Secular Coalition lobbying *

Oct 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

“Rogers, in a glittery gold blouse and knee-high boots with four-inch heels…” Say what?… Read the rest



Eric Hobsbawm 1917-2012 *

Oct 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

An unrepentant Marxist, he acknowledged the failure of 20th Century communism but said he had not given up on Marxist ideals.… Read the rest



Pakistan: Muslims charged with “blasphemy” *

Oct 1st, 2012 | Filed by

Protesters attacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple, broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, and beat up the temple’s caretaker.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt notes that blasphemy is good for you *

Sep 30th, 2012 | Filed by

The rise of the Russian Orthodox church in the former Soviet Union shows that Islam has no monopoly on religious freakouts or their exploitation for political purposes.… Read the rest



Protesters torch Buddhist temples over FB photo *

Sep 30th, 2012 | Filed by

Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam.… Read the rest



Woman prosecuted for “letting” her children’s father stab them *

Sep 30th, 2012 | Filed by

The father stabbed every member of his family before killing himself with the knife.… Read the rest



No Jesus Christ Superstar for Rostov *

Sep 29th, 2012 | Filed by

Orthodox Christians complained, so that was that.… Read the rest



Iran state media fooled by The Onion *

Sep 29th, 2012 | Filed by

Fars News Agency, a semi-official mouth piece of the Iranian regime, earnestly published a word-for-word duplicate of an article from the Onion.… Read the rest



Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia’ *

Sep 29th, 2012 | Filed by

One doubts that a formulation like “Infidelophobia” will gain traction anytime soon.… Read the rest



More on “Elder Pastitsios” and blasphemy laws in Greece *

Sep 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Four days before the arrest, MP Christos Pappas from the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party had brought the page to the attention of the justice minister.… Read the rest



Report on the Creation Evidence Expo in Indianapolis *

Sep 28th, 2012 | Filed by

They have a funny idea of what “evidence” means.… Read the rest



What is SlutWalk London doing backing Julian Assange? *

Sep 28th, 2012 | Filed by

SlutWalk London has inadvertently lined itself (and its unwitting supporters) up with an unappealing gaggle of rape apologists and victim blamers.… Read the rest



Obama haters now calling his mother a whore *

Sep 28th, 2012 | Filed by

A pseudo-documentary that slimes Ann Dunham is being mailed to swing-state voters, while D’Souza’s book essentially calls her a fat slut.… Read the rest



Morsi tells New York Times he is a cultural relativist *

Sep 27th, 2012 | Filed by

He says the US must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values.… Read the rest



Ayaan Hirsi Ali on surviving rage over “blasphemy” *

Sep 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Having renounced Islam and openly criticized its political manifestations, she was condemned to a life cordoned off from the rest of society.… Read the rest



Catherine Deveny on the dangers of being outside *

Sep 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Men are far more likely to cop violence on the street. So why is no one telling them not to walk alone? Don’t tell me not to walk alone at night. Tell people not to rape and kill.… Read the rest