Islamist political parties have provided government with a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” and are demanding the death penalty for “insulting religion”.… 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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Two elderly women were beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days. Police were outnumbered by an angry mob and could do nothing to stop the murders.… Read the rest
When she was 12, she made a deal with her father: she would undergo the Maasai rite of passage of FGM if he would let her go to high school.… Read the rest
In a BBC interview, she said existing laws were sufficient to punish anyone who attempted to insult religion. Whew, that’s a relief!… Read the rest
Hundreds queued at the four hospitals offering free MMR jabs aimed at curbing the measles epidemic.… Read the rest
The 60-year-old woman was stripped naked and had her head shaved, force-fed excrement and badly beaten.… Read the rest
First, he said shrewdly, you have to say she’s brilliant and good at the job. But once that’s out of the way – phwoarrrrrrr, amirite?… Read the rest
“Are we better off as a nation now with all the P.C. and with all the wimpifying, wussificating and basically making men Chihuahuas?”… Read the rest
“I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is for some children to get access to education,” Malala said in a news release. “I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can’t get education.”… Read the rest
“In honor-based culture, people think that girls could become too independent and make their own choices if they educate themselves.”… Read the rest
Shahnaz Bibi was shot dead on Tuesday by two motorbike riders near the school where she taught in the Khyber tribal region.… Read the rest
“The Saudis usually ask for 12-year-olds.”… Read the rest
A gay teenager with Asperger’s makes new friends, invites them to his birthday party, is bullied to death.… Read the rest
There are pressures which may lead women to believe that leaving their husband is wrong, because it is their duty to be obedient.… Read the rest
A Swiss couple were camping during a cycling trip when they were attacked by seven or eight men. The man was beaten and tied up while the woman was raped.… Read the rest
“Now don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible.” Therefore the church should conceal and protect their activities?… Read the rest
A proposed amendment by Egypt, that would have allowed states to avoid implementing the declaration if they clashed with national laws, religious or cultural values, failed.… Read the rest
Making women’s wellbeing secondary to “harmony in the home” and treating violence as a private matter are two obstacles to progress.… Read the rest
Shame-based double standards make people think that girls who drink themselves blotto deserve what they “get“.… Read the rest