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Arundhati Roy Defends Views on Iraqi ‘Resistance’ *

Nov 10th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Several critics said Roy’s views on Iraq should have disqualified her.’… Read the rest

Kristallnacht March in Oslo Forbids ‘Jewish Symbols’ *

Nov 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Commemoration ended without a single representative from Norway’s Jews.… Read the rest

Calls For End to Violence at van Gogh Funeral *

Nov 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Anger, hatred, sorrow, fear, remorse, all mix it up in aftermath of murder.… Read the rest

Court Rules Vlaams Blok Party is Racist *

Nov 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Belgium’s highest court has ruled Flemish far-right Vlaams Blok is racist. … Read the rest

A Word from George Eliot

Nov 9th, 2004 9:34 pm | By

A bit of old business I’ve been meaning to get to for several days. This question of religion and the focus of its public rhetoric and exhortation on a narrow view of sexual morality with a comparable neglect of social justice – of, if you prefer, poverty, oppression, exploitation, bad working conditions, injustice, and the like. One of our readers took issue with that view of the matter, and I thought I would offer one or two more places where I’d seen the idea discussed.

One is this piece by Ishtiaq Ahmed in the ‘Daily Times’ of Pakistan.

The Islamic position on life on earth was that Muslims should enjoy the good things of life within limits prescribed by Sharia…What

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Does Affirmative Action Hurt Black Law Students? *

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Study suggests some counter-productive effects; critics respond.… Read the rest

Elaine Showalter on Tom Wolfe’s New Novel *

Nov 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Not a satiric view of the university but a leering exposé of undergraduate sexual behaviour.… Read the rest

Index on What?

Nov 9th, 2004 2:21 am | By

The comments by Juan Golblado on the ‘Paying Too Much Attention’ Comment have prompted me to hurry up and do what I’ve been meaning to do, which is to say a word or two about this bizarre article at Index on Censorship. It is, as Mr Golblado says, a striking case of the fox being invited into the henhouse. Unless of course the Index on Censorship is supposed to be an organization that sings the virtues of censorship, but I kind of thought it wasn’t supposed to be that kind of organization.

Van Gogh’s juvenile shock-horror art finally led him to build an exploitative working relationship with Somalia-born Dutch MP Ayann Hirsi Ali, whose terrible personal experience of abuse

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Panda’s Thumb on Georgia Case *

Nov 8th, 2004 | Filed by

Debate over Cobb school district decision taken to courtroom.… Read the rest

Here We Go Again – Scopes Trial #7293 *

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Biology textbooks, Georgia, evolution, petition, only a theory, ID, law suit.… Read the rest

Why Is the EU Not Talking About van Gogh? *

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Anything for a quiet life?… Read the rest

Dutch Muslim School Damaged in Explosion *

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Latest attack against Muslim institutions since murder of Theo van Gogh.… Read the rest

The Nation Reviews Books on Islam *

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And has reservations about atheism.… Read the rest

Access Without Quotas for Universities *

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The goal is equality of opportunity.… Read the rest

Leon de Winter on Theo van Gogh *

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In multicultural utopia, the Dutch believed radical Muslims and libertarians could co-exist peacefully.… Read the rest

Between God and Gibson: German Mystical and Romantic Sources of The Passion of the Christ

Nov 8th, 2004 | By Andrew Weeks

The Passion held the No. 1 position at the box office for three weeks, then dipped when Dawn of the Dead knocked it out of first position. Now in its seventh week, The Passion beat out last weekend’s No. 1 movie, [the] comic-book action-adventure Hellboy, which dropped 52 percent to $11.1 million . . ” Anne Thompson, New York Times, April 11, 2004.

The German Romantics revolted against the Enlightenment by inventing a poeticized Christianity in literature and art and by incarnating their reinvented religion in a spiritualized poetry, love, and nature. Since their spiritualization of art effected its transformations in an autonomous poetic realm, their political impact was slight. For the same reason, even the deeply … Read the rest

Patience and Absurdity: How to Deal with Intelligent Design Creationism

Nov 8th, 2004 | By Paul R. Gross

Physicists Matt Young and Taner Edis are the editors of a new volume whose contributors are working scholars in the sciences touched by the newest expression of “creation science”: Intelligent Design (ID) Theory. Why Intelligent Design Fails is a patient assessment of all the scientific claims made in connection with ID. The half dozen science-enabled spokesmen for ID are the indispensable core group of an international neo-creationist big tent. Goals of the American movement are sweeping: they begin with a highly visible, well-funded, nationwide effort to demean evolutionary science in American school (K-12) curricula. ID is offered as a better alternative. The hoped-for result is the addition of ID to, or even its substitution for, the teaching of evolution. Which … Read the rest

The Scales Fall From my Eyes

Nov 7th, 2004 3:50 pm | By

Okay, I give in. I’ve had a conversion experience. I’ve recognized the error of my ways. All these people who have been telling me what a horrible elitist I am have worn me down. I’m convinced. It’s true, I am an elitist, and that makes me a terrible person, so I have to stop. Okay. I’ll stop. I’ll become a better person. I won’t like anything that is not extremely popular, and I won’t dislike anything that is extremely popular. (God, for instance.) I won’t do anything that lots of people don’t do, and I won’t refrain from doing anything that lots of people do. I’ll become as humble and modest and unassertive as the people who tell me what … Read the rest


Nov 7th, 2004 1:40 pm | By

Go, Manchester City. Go, Paula Radcliffe.

Update. She went.… Read the rest

Radcliffe Wins New York Marathon *

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One in the eye for those armchair marathoners who criticised.… Read the rest