A group under the name of “Muslim Patrol” post YouTube videos showing them harassing people who they think are not conforming to sharia.… Read the rest
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A group calling itself the Muslim Patrol posted a video showing a gang hurling abuse at a gay man and described white women as “naked animals with no self–respect.”… Read the rest
“It was both very funny and also chilling, showing that, in fact, the class system was very active.”… Read the rest
Sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn a new “Virgin Mary” brand of crisps following religious complaints.… Read the rest
They face a similarly vocal pro-choice movement, reinvigorated by the death of Savita Halappanavar.… Read the rest
Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien said that providing such exemptions gives “carte blanche” to “religious extremists” to “trump the rights of others.”… Read the rest
Fetal heartbeat measures seek to outlaw abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, in direct contradiction to Roe v. Wade.… Read the rest
Her doctors say she will return to hospital within the next 10 days to undergo surgery to repair a missing area of her skull with a specially molded titanium plate.… Read the rest
Prominent atheist Prof Dawkins and the former Archbishop of Canterbury will discuss whether “religion has no place in the 21st Century” on Thursday.… Read the rest
The international community and human rights activists are urging Nigeria to reconsider the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage.… Read the rest
The subtle unnoticed ways women and men are treated differently.… Read the rest
Britain’s most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack.… Read the rest
Because God said Ashanti McShan has to wear a long skirt instead of trousers to work at Burger King.… Read the rest
All that trash talk was her fault for being so wrong and she used the trash talk to deflect attention from her wrongitude.… Read the rest
Women are always told to shut up about the abuse or they’ll only make it worse. Sorry, mate; not on.… Read the rest
The petition claims that Pakistan’s ambassador to the US committed a blasphemous act two years ago when she criticized Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in a TV interview.… Read the rest
Many science fiction and fantasy readers are disappointed to encounter everyday sexism in a medium that is supposed to offer an escape.… Read the rest
Sergei Filin had already received numerous phone threats, and his email and Facebook accounts had been hacked.… Read the rest
The bus driver and his helper took the woman to an undisclosed address where five others joined the two men and raped her throughout the night, police said.… Read the rest