Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


Being a new atheist means not saying you’re sorry *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It seems as if in order to be a ‘good’ atheist one has to feel bad about not believing in god.… Read the rest



Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

3 January: I am afraid. 14 January: I may not go to school again. … Read the rest



Free Speech and its Postmodern Adversaries *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The theoretical stimuli for multiculturalism owe something to theories about “difference”… Read the rest



Communal justice in Bolivia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Cases include death sentences for women accused of adultery and the beating, stoning, hanging, and burning of an elected official accused of corruption.… Read the rest



Pitcairn Island: 6 Found Guilty Of Sex Abuse *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Six men were convicted of charges including rape and indecent assault in trials that exposed a culture of sexual abuse on Pitcairn.… Read the rest



Stepping Stones Nigeria on Child Witches *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

An increasing number of children in the Niger Delta are being forced to the streets and trafficked as a result of a deeply held belief in child “witches”… Read the rest



John Hartung on ‘Love thy Neighbor’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Thy neighbor is not everyone, it is thy group.… Read the rest



Submission in advance *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A gigantic taboo zone has been created, repeatedly reiterated and expanded with the well-intentioned collaboration of Western intellectuals.… Read the rest



IHEU on superstition and witchcraft in Africa *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Attacks on witches, persecution and killings still take place. Most of the victims are women and children.… Read the rest



Lawyers for victims say pope obstructed justice. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

In 2001 Ratzinger issued an order ensuring the church’s investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.… Read the rest



Escaping the Amish *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Rape, incest, sexual abuse; physical and verbal abuse; women have no rights; rudimentary education; animal abuse.… Read the rest



Controversy over Tariq Ramadan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Ramadan, integration advisor for Rotterdam council and a guest professor at the city’s Erasmus university, is under fire for presenting a weekly talk show on the Iranian channel Press TV.… Read the rest



Ratzinger’s 2001 letter to the bishops *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

More concerned about the ‘eucharist’ than about the molested ‘minors.’… Read the rest



Sierra Leone: women journalists kidnapped by pro-FGM group *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The group regarded their questions and comments as a sign of disrespect for their traditions.… Read the rest



Karen Armstrong explains about God. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologians have insisted for centuries that God does not exist.’… Read the rest



The Hunt for the Hat Gene *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

If there’s a God gene, there must be a hat gene, and a jeans gene, and a singing gene, and…… Read the rest



From Chattel to Freewomen *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Dr Mohini Giri works to rescue Indian widows from living death.… Read the rest



Norm Geras on Minimum Utopia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A world cured of its worst remediable deprivations and horrors is worth aiming for.… Read the rest



National Conference of Catholic Bishops on infants with anencephaly *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is never permitted to terminate the gestation of an anencephalic child as the means of avoiding psychological or physical risks to the mother.… Read the rest



‘Whoever changes religion – kill him’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Sura 40 says that those who reject the scriptures will have iron collars and chains placed around their necks, be dragged into scalding water and burnt in the fire.… Read the rest