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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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Chief Rabbi says Dawkins is a Christian atheist *

Sep 16th, 2012 | Filed by

Jonathan Sacks claims that it’s anti-Semitic to say the Old Testament god is a murderous shit.… Read the rest



Scientologists upset about “The Master” *

Sep 16th, 2012 | Filed by

“They feel strongly that they think it’s a religion and as such they think the subject
matter shouldn’t be explored.”… Read the rest



John Forte saved Corfu from Scientology *

Sep 16th, 2012 | Filed by

He helped to prevent L Ron Hubbard from setting up a university on the island.… Read the rest



The quest for the Islamic bicycle *

Sep 16th, 2012 | Filed by

Mustafa Akyol called the idea of an Islamic bicycle an “expression of the self-isolating mentality that has stagnated Muslim thought.”… Read the rest



Egypt PM urges US to end ‘insults’ to Islam *

Sep 15th, 2012 | Filed by

Hisham Qandil said it was “unacceptable to insult our Prophet.”… Read the rest



Susan Jacoby on the dearth of women in secularism *

Sep 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Adapted from her speech at the Women in Secularism Conference sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and held in Washington, DC, in May 2012.… Read the rest



HRW tells Tunisia: fix flaws in draft constitution *

Sep 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Those that would abridge freedom of expression, women’s rights, the principle of non-discrimination, and freedom of thought and conscience.… Read the rest



J Figdor speaks out against hate directed at women *

Sep 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Talk of “white knighting” and “infantilization” is a silencing tactic.… Read the rest



Virginia students allowed to skip education *

Sep 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Virginia is the only state that allows families to avoid government intrusion once they are given permission to opt out of public school.… Read the rest



Highlands Presbyterians furious at Dawkins invitation *

Sep 13th, 2012 | Filed by

The Wee Frees challenged him to a debate; he replied with the usual quip: ‘That would look great on your CV, not so good on mine.’… Read the rest



Meeting Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia *

Sep 13th, 2012 | Filed by

The group made it clear they would not speak to female members of our team.… Read the rest



Rioters in Libya and Egypt rage at anti-Islam movie *

Sep 12th, 2012 | Filed by

The US ambassador to Libya is killed in the rioting.… Read the rest



Ron Lindsay on divisiveness in the secular movement *

Sep 12th, 2012 | Filed by

We’ve divided the movement because we’re not talking to each other; we’re just insulting each other.… Read the rest



Salman Rushdie on the fatwa *

Sep 12th, 2012 | Filed by

He did not feel that his book was especially critical of Islam, but a religion whose leaders behaved in this way could probably use a little criticism.… Read the rest



Tom Holland threatened over documentary on Islam *

Sep 11th, 2012 | Filed by

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly
cancelled a planned screening of the programme.”… Read the rest



Dawkins says Mormonism is silly shock-horror *

Sep 10th, 2012 | Filed by

He should have said it’s sensible?… Read the rest



Laurie Penny on…er…Naomi Wolf’s Vagina *

Sep 10th, 2012 | Filed by

Vagina, as has been observed across the mainstream reviewing press this week, is a very silly book.… Read the rest



India: anti-corruption cartoonist arrested *

Sep 10th, 2012 | Filed by

Aseem Trivedi was arrested on Saturday for a series of cartoons lampooning politicians. He is being charged with sedition.… Read the rest



Baggini and Krauss on philosophy and science *

Sep 9th, 2012 | Filed by

There are important questions that remain unanswered when all the facts are in.… Read the rest



Curiosity Rover samples the air on Mars *

Sep 8th, 2012 | Filed by

The robot sucked the air into its big Sample Analysis at Mars instrument
to reveal the concentration of different gases.… Read the rest