‘Let’s stop describing these tax-funded establishments as faith schools. They are superstition schools.’… 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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Ben Goldacre notes a well documented piece of flawed reasoning known as ‘prosecutor’s fallacy.’… Read the rest
‘It’s very important to these people that they still have their oppositionalist credentials. I think it’s narcissistic.’… Read the rest
Women’s rights groups in Nicaragua plan to file an injunction to stop a new law banning all abortions.… Read the rest
Nicaragua votes in new abortion ban, even in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.… Read the rest
At least, according to Islamophobiawatch, which cites an article by Maryam Namazie.… Read the rest
Ekin Deligoez received threats after she urged women to unveil; is under police protection.… Read the rest
‘[L]et them smoke hashish. It’s a free country, it’s none of our business. But it is our right to tell our women.’… Read the rest
He doesn’t quite get it though.… Read the rest
‘We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.’ But waterboarding is fine.… Read the rest
‘The mufti meant exactly what he said, and those views are widely held,’ says Tanveer Ahmed.… Read the rest
The new regulations on homeopathic products compromise standards of evidence.… Read the rest
‘If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside and the cats come and eat it, whose fault is it?’… Read the rest
Founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over thirty million trees across Kenya.… Read the rest
‘I had only intended to protect women’s honour,’ Sheikh Hilali said. Women not much mollified.… Read the rest
Not enough reason to believe the cartoons were intended to be insulting or harmful to Muslims.… Read the rest
‘You get a judge without mercy and he gives you 65 years…but the problem all began with who?’… Read the rest
Every six hours, a young married woman is burned, beaten to death or driven to commit suicide, officials say.… Read the rest
Father took advice of traditional healers to veto op but law intervened: child will get surgery. … Read the rest