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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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Pakistan minister offers bounty to kill film-maker *

Sep 22nd, 2012 | Filed by

“I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000,” the railways minister said.… Read the rest



Australia: Catholic Church admits child sex abuse *

Sep 22nd, 2012 | Filed by

Campaigners say the true number of abuse victims could be up to 10,000.… Read the rest



Demands for global “blasphemy” law must be resisted *

Sep 20th, 2012 | Filed by

The uproar over ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video is incredibly convenient and timely for OIC countries still bent on introducing an international ‘blasphemy’ law.… Read the rest



Deeyah’s film about “honour” killing of Banaz Mahmod *

Sep 20th, 2012 | Filed by

Produced and directed by Deeyah, this documentary chronicles the brutal murder of Banaz Mahmod in suburban London in 2006, killed and “disappeared” by her own family.… Read the rest



David Robert Grimes on homeopathy *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

It’s a good rule of thumb that any treatment that would have to violate the laws of physics to be viable is probably unlikely to be biologically effective… Read the rest



Parents plead guilty in faith healing death of son *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

The boy, 16, died in pain from a burst appendix; his parents prayed instead of getting medical treatment.… Read the rest



Child ‘marriages’ and Sharia courts: It must end now *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

There is growing evidence that young children – some as young at 5 years old – are being “married” to older men in Sharia courts across Britain.… Read the rest



“They’re just words” *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

Indeed, just the verbal incantations of power, like law and code and everything else that made the world.… Read the rest



CFI says global blasphemy laws are a terrible idea *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

“There is no reason to extend protections to beliefs, the reputations of figures dead for millennia, or the feelings of religious believers.”… Read the rest



Mo finds The Onion Islamophobic *

Sep 19th, 2012 | Filed by

Because it doesn’t make a joke about Islam.… Read the rest



Romney’s contempt for the 47% *

Sep 18th, 2012 | Filed by

They depend on government, they think they’re victims, they pay no income tax, it’s not Romney’s job to worry about them.… Read the rest



Tea Party even less popular than atheists! *

Sep 18th, 2012 | Filed by

The Tea Party ranks “dead last” in a CBS poll, after even atheists.… Read the rest



IHEU condemns faith-based violence *

Sep 18th, 2012 | Filed by

At the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council Sept 12, Roy Brown read a text by Leo Igwe, pointing out discrimination, oppression and violence against the non-religious.… Read the rest



How To Exclude Women Without Really Trying *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

One way is to say let’s get more women into programming because that will make it more attractive for the men.… Read the rest



Rage boys rage in Afghanistan, Indonesia *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Student protesters were also mobilized to denounce the film in Iran, where Khamenei blamed the West’s “Islamophobic policies of arrogance and Zionism.”… Read the rest



Judge throws out Wisonsin anti-union law *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.… Read the rest



California: acupuncture as ‘essential’ health care? *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Acupuncture, “for the treatment of nausea or as part of a comprehensive pain management program,” is included with a $30 copay per visit.… Read the rest



Iran renews the fatwa on Salman Rushdie *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Iran has seized on the current movie-rage to revive the death threat against Rushdie, raising the reward for killing him by $500,000.… Read the rest



Erdoğan: “Islamophobia” is a crime against humanity *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Erdoğan said the government will immediately start working on legislation against blasphemous and offensive remarks.… Read the rest



Rushdie on religious extremism v free expression *

Sep 17th, 2012 | Filed by

“If you look at the way in which free expression is being attacked by religious extremism, it’s blasphemy, heresy, insult, offence – it’s this medieval vocabulary.”… Read the rest