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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Saint Sandusky?Read the rest

Jul 31st, 2021 | Filed by

The Unspeakable SanduskyRead the rest

Why is violence against women acceptable? *

Oct 30th, 2017 | Filed by

Bruce Gorton asks.… Read the rest

Haredi women and feminism *

Jan 1st, 2016 | Filed by

Haredi women are the breadwinners, but don’t talk to them about feminism.… Read the rest

India: prominent scholar murdered *

Aug 30th, 2015 | Filed by

Police suspect the involvement of Hindu extremists in the murder of Dr Malleshappa M Kalburgi, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi.… Read the rest

IS beheads antiquities scholar in Palmyra *

Aug 19th, 2015 | Filed by

Khaled Asaad, 82-year-old scholar who worked for over 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed by IS on Tuesday.… Read the rest

Bangladesh: atheist blogger hacked to death *

Aug 7th, 2015 | Filed by

Niloy Neel was hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in Dhaka.… Read the rest

Alom Shaha on why non-belief needs diversity *

Apr 10th, 2014 | Filed by

Encountering diversity can help us realise the possibility of being someone new, someone different, someone better.… Read the rest

Boston Globe reviews Plato at the Googleplex *

Mar 15th, 2014 | Filed by

Goldstein’s ventriloquism allows Plato to serve as a foil for the preoccupations of the 21st century.… Read the rest

Slate reviews Plato at the Googleplex *

Mar 15th, 2014 | Filed by

“Plato on Cable News” has him exchanging blows with a bloviating Bill O’Reilly clone named Roy McCoy.… Read the rest

Martin Robbins on the return of Bora Zivkovic *

Jan 4th, 2014 | Filed by

‘Not sexually harassing women’ is not optional; it’s not a ‘bonus extra’ in the job description.… Read the rest

Universities UK withdraws advice on gender segregation *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

UUK has withdrawn guidance on the gender segregation of audiences in lectures and debates after the prime minister said it should not be allowed to happen.… Read the rest

Martin Pribble on leaving the online atheist “community” *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

The times of satisfaction are outweighed by feelings of frustration and hopelessness.… Read the rest

Turkey sentences atheist blogger to jail *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

Sevan Nisanyan accused a Turkish court of issuing a “politically-motivated” verdict after it sentenced him to jail on charges of illegal construction.… Read the rest

The Homeschool Apostates *

Dec 5th, 2013 | Filed by

They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America, but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.… Read the rest

Sara Khan on gender segregation and inequality *

Nov 25th, 2013 | Filed by

Segregation perpetuates discriminatory social norms and practices, shaping male attitudes about women and restricting the decisions and choices of women.… Read the rest

John Hawks on the new skull from Dmanisi *

Oct 19th, 2013 | Filed by

The essential claim: the shape variation among these four Dmanisi crania is approximately the same as the shape variation among all East African early Homo.… Read the rest

In Theresa May’s surreal world, feelings trump facts *

Oct 16th, 2013 | Filed by

When the European Commission asked Britain for proof that sly continentals were sneaking into our hospital beds, Whitehall replied that its demand for hard facts was an affront.… Read the rest

Ofsted report on Al-Madinah school in Derby

Oct 16th, 2013 | Filed by

Inadequate in all categories.… Read the rest

Udo Schuklenk responds to some myths about atheism *

Oct 13th, 2013 | Filed by

The probabilities are vanishingly low for the God proposition.… Read the rest