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Christian Schools Sue University of California *

Aug 29th, 2005 | Filed by

UC admissions authorities refuse to certify high school science courses that teach creationism.… Read the rest

‘Gender Segregation’

Aug 28th, 2005 9:42 pm | By

I was going to say more about Juan Cole anyway, because a further point had occurred to me – a further bit of peculiar, evasive rhetoric. So it’s all the more motivating that commenters think I’ve misread him. I don’t think I have – not in the Vincent post. Cole may well be a great source of information in general, but I think this particular post is baaaad.

A little repetition here.

Clueless Americans don’t understand the principle of gender segregation for the most part, and if they do understand it they are horrified by it. But in large swathes of the world, it just is not considered right for a male to be in the company of an

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The Shakespeare Code. Yawn *

Aug 28th, 2005 | Filed by

How to make Shakespeare trivial and tedious.… Read the rest

Vatican Plan to Keep Gays Out of Seminaries *

Aug 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Thus reducing the number of recruits to the priesthood. Oh well.… Read the rest

Problems With Anti-bullying Policy *

Aug 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Socially skilled bullies say ‘sorry’ then go on to new aggression.… Read the rest

Domestic Violence in India *

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Law passes lower house, but minds need to change too.… Read the rest

Robert Trivers *

Aug 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Behavioural ecology would not have been the same had he not written these papers.… Read the rest

France Keen on ‘Pastafarianisme’ Too *

Aug 28th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Le monde a été créé par un monstre volant formé de spaghettis.’… Read the rest

Independent Letters

Aug 27th, 2005 8:07 pm | By

Allen Esterson has pointed out to me some interesting letters in the Independent lately. On Wednesday for instance, this one from Dr Shaaz Mahboob, among others:

Most secular Muslims are not members of any of the leading religious groups, nor do they follow religion with strict enough vigour which would allow them to be considered for membership of any of the leading so-called Muslim representative groups such as Muslim Council of Britain or its affiliates. Secular Islam in Britain is feeling marginalised. Without adequate platforms it is being ignored by both the media and the Government.
All that MCB and other hard-line Islamic organisations are doing is taking advantage of the lack of leadership from within the secular majority of

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‘Victims of Jihad’ Conference

Aug 27th, 2005 | By

A one-day conference was held at the United Nations in Geneva on April 18 2005, titled ‘Victims of Jihad: Human Rights Abuse in the Name of Islam’. The conference occurred during the last week of the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. On April 12, the Commission on Human Rights passed a resolution condemning the ‘defamation’ of religion. The resolution, titled ‘Combating Defamation of Religions,’ expresses ‘deep concern that Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism.’ The ‘Victims of Jihad’ conference cast doubt on the wording of that resolution, and the thought behind it.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Azam Kamguian, and Ibn Warraq all addressed the conference, and all kindly sent the … Read the rest

Don’t Teach Just One Controversy, Teach All *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Evidence for FSM just as good as for ID so teach that too.… Read the rest

Republican Moron Defunds Condom Program *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Mr. Coburn, a doctor, has apparently forgotten everything they taught him in medical school.’… Read the rest

Everybody’s a Relativist *

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Anti-abortionists cannot claim the absolutist high ground.… Read the rest

Interview With Chris Mooney *

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The think tank strategy is an attack on university-based scientific inquiry. … Read the rest

Come Back, Office of Technology Assessment *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Gingrich-revolution Republicans dismantled OTA in a stunning act of self-lobotomy.… Read the rest

Critical Guide to Unselfcritical Guide *

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Manne seems reluctant to see any of his opinions as being a debatable point. … Read the rest

Who Shifted my Paradigm? *

Aug 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Postmodernist ideas have become a staple of the ID movement.… Read the rest

We Had to Destroy the Woman to Save Her

Aug 27th, 2005 2:41 am | By

I haven’t read Juan Cole before. The snippets I’ve seen here and there that other people have quoted didn’t appeal. But I saw this astonishing item at Drink-soaked Trot Popinjays, so I thought I’d pass it on.

Was American journalist Steve Vincent killed in Basra as part of an honor killing? He was romantically involved with his Iraqi interpreter, who was shot 4 times. If her clan thought she was shaming them by appearing to be having an affair outside wedlock with an American male, they might well have decided to end it. In Mediterranean culture, a man’s honor tends to be wrought up with his ability to protect his womenfolk from seduction by strange men. Where a woman

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‘Messianic-hysterical extremism’

Aug 26th, 2005 7:43 pm | By

Secularism, secularism, secularism. I’m tempted to get a bunch of t shirts made with ‘Secularism’ bannered across the front and back.

The prospects for secularism in Iraq are not looking very good. Actually they’re looking terrible.

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was a centralised and largely secular state. Now, if the Shia religious parties get their way, it will be a decentralised state with a pronounced Islamic identity. The draft of the new constitution describes Islam as “a main source” of legislation and stipulates that no law may contradict Islamic principles.

Great. There go women’s rights, for a start.

In many ways, Iraq is already dramatically different from the place it was just a few years ago. Mixed marriages between Sunni

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Will There Be an Islamic Republic of Iraq? *

Aug 26th, 2005 | Filed by

Draft of constitution stipulates that no law may contradict Islamic principles.… Read the rest