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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.

We’re always pleased to hear about news stories that you think should be featured on Butterflies and Wheels. Just send an email here, if you want to point one out to us.

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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


The hijab is not a symbol of freedom *

Jul 17th, 2012 | Filed by

For far too many women the hijab is an obligatory article of indenturement that permits no choice; to them, it is a symbol of systematic oppression.… Read the rest



Afghanistan: are reported poisonings mass psychogenic illness? *

Jul 17th, 2012 | Filed by

“Patient Zero” turned out to be a girl suffering from epilepsy. She apparently experienced a seizure while fetching water from the school’s well, which triggered mass panic.… Read the rest



Talking about rape jokes *

Jul 17th, 2012 | Filed by

The bro-code reaction speaks to uncomfortable fault lines around gender politics and unexamined power that comedians rarely like to acknowledge.… Read the rest



Toronto street imam wants law to force women to “cover up” *

Jul 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Convert to Islam says rapes “are continuously happening because of Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women” in how they dress.… Read the rest



Stereotypes about women in science *

Jul 16th, 2012 | Filed by

Useful? Helpful? The way to get women into science? No.… Read the rest



Wearing hijab is the most liberating experience ever *

Jul 16th, 2012 | Filed by

“My experience working as a Faiths Act Fellow for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and dealing with interfaith action brought me more appreciation of various faiths.”… Read the rest



Pall of uncertainty over NGO’s work after Afridi murder *

Jul 16th, 2012 | Filed by

The murder of rights activist Farida Afridi in Khyber Agency has driven the already dwindling number of female social workers towards more uncertainty.… Read the rest



Another wild attack on secularism *

Jul 16th, 2012 | Filed by

“The Freedom From Religion Foundation is, itself, a religion of self-exaltation and secularism, and a very aggressive one at that.”… Read the rest



Creationist footprints in the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre *

Jul 15th, 2012 | Filed by

Young Earth creationism is dispiriting. It’s not just that it’s wrong, but that it needs such a mountain of futile effort to maintain even the shadow of plausibility.

 

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Bishop on riots and “structural sin” *

Jul 15th, 2012 | Filed by

“Christian beliefs about sin prevent them from dividing the world between good and evil in ways which ignore the complexity of moral contexts.” lolwut… Read the rest



Most bishops’ conferences miss deadline on abuse guidelines *

Jul 15th, 2012 | Filed by

But hey, if you drop out a whole large continent, almost half were on time.… Read the rest



Movies: girls can be brave, but women get punished *

Jul 15th, 2012 | Filed by

The only time self-actualized young women can earn more applause than anxiety is when they occupy a truly alternate universe.… Read the rest



Higgs boson physicist shunned in Pakistan *

Jul 14th, 2012 | Filed by

The name of Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate is removed from textbooks because he was an Ahmadi.… Read the rest



China censors Michelangelo *

Jul 14th, 2012 | Filed by

They pixelated Apollo’s pee-pee.… Read the rest



Imam sexually assaulted two children *

Jul 14th, 2012 | Filed by

An Imam from Wellingborough has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two children while he was employed to teach them about the Koran.… Read the rest



Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega jailed for 18 years *

Jul 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Eskinder was arrested after publishing an article questioning arrests under anti-terrorism legislation, especially that of government critic Debebe Eshetu.… Read the rest



Alex Aan sends a message from prison *

Jul 14th, 2012 | Filed by

He thanks his supporters around the world, saying he would feel alone without our support and love. Atheist Alliance International will forward messages to him.… Read the rest



Germany rushes to protect right to mutilate infant penises *

Jul 13th, 2012 | Filed by

“It is clear this cannot be put on the back burner. Freedom to practise religion is a cherished legal principle,” Merkel’s spokesman said.… Read the rest



Uttar Pradesh village orders women to stay home *

Jul 13th, 2012 | Filed by

Council leaders in Asara village have reportedly barred women under 40 from shopping alone and from using mobile phones outside.… Read the rest



Prominent female Afghan politician killed *

Jul 13th, 2012 | Filed by

Hanifa Safi died after a bomb attached to her car exploded as she left her home in Laghman province. Her husband and daughter were injured.… Read the rest