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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Russia: police raid sect living underground *

Aug 9th, 2012 | Filed by

Ages 1 to 17, the children rarely saw the light of day and had never left the property, attended school or been seen by a doctor, officials said.… Read the rest



Talk of the Nation discusses harassment in gaming

Aug 8th, 2012 | Filed by

“These are less and less isolated incidents.”… Read the rest



Two Saudi women compete in the Olympics *

Aug 8th, 2012 | Filed by

But Saudi Arabia forces them to dress “in compliance with Sharia.”… Read the rest



Men call Wojdan Shaherkani things on Twitter *

Aug 8th, 2012 | Filed by

“You do not represent the chaste Muslim woman,” tweeted Mohammed al-Barrak, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca.… Read the rest



Russians uncomfortable with activist women *

Aug 8th, 2012 | Filed by

A case that should pivot on a specific legal question (“Does a violation of church protocol rise to the level of religious hatred?”) instead hangs entirely on emotions.… Read the rest



Robert Hughes 1938-2012 *

Aug 7th, 2012 | Filed by

You didn’t need to know much about painting to enjoy the elegance, wit and pugnacity of Hughes’ writing.… Read the rest



Mali Islamists tell people to lump it *

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed by

“People must accept that we will impose Sharia whether they like it or not,” a spokesman said.… Read the rest



Florida preacher “heals” people by kicking them *

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed by

In one interview, Bentley claims that the “Holy Spirit” told him to kick an ill elderly woman in the face with his biker boot.… Read the rest



NASA safely lands Mars rover Curiosity *

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed by

The spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars.… Read the rest



Report on constitutions of majority-Muslim countries *

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed by

Approximately 44% of the world’s Muslim population live in 23 majority Muslim
countries that have declared Islam to be the state religion.… Read the rest



Two historians check the work of Orlando Figes *

Aug 6th, 2012 | Filed by

“Historians are obliged to be especially meticulous in using generally inaccessible archive materials, but Figes cannot be fully trusted even with open sources.”… Read the rest



UK: schools deny girls HPV vax on religious grounds *

Aug 5th, 2012 | Filed by

“Pupils follow strict Christian principles, marry within their own community and do not practise sex outside marriage.”… Read the rest



Lawyer kills his sister for marrying a man *

Aug 5th, 2012 | Filed by

It was a love match, without the family’s permission, so bang, she’s dead.… Read the rest



Colombia: acid attacks on women on the rise *

Aug 5th, 2012 | Filed by

“The violence here may be different, but it emanates from the same place. This
is a culture where machismo reigns, where men do what they want to do.”… Read the rest



Pakistan: cops force couple to parade naked in public *

Aug 5th, 2012 | Filed by

The man had reportedly been holding drink and dance parties during Ramadan.… Read the rest



Sharia4Belgium says Peeters “dresses like a whore” *

Aug 5th, 2012 | Filed by

It’s not that men are harassing her, it’s that she is goading men.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo protest the Colorado shootings *

Aug 4th, 2012 | Filed by

In their own way.… Read the rest



Somalia: famous comedian murdered *

Aug 4th, 2012 | Filed by

Abdi Jeylani Marshale used to make people laugh by impersonating Islamist fighters. He was threatened by al-Shabab last year.… Read the rest



Leo Igwe asks: Who is afraid of new atheism? *

Aug 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Yes, the new atheists have rejected their traditional role of keeping silent in the face of religious oppression.… Read the rest



Soraya Chemaly on teenage girls, anger, and depression *

Aug 3rd, 2012 | Filed by

Girls, like boys, feel fully human, but culture tells them that they are not.… Read the rest