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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

The Catholic church costs Italy 6 billion euros a year

But worth every penny, right? Given all the church does for child welfare, and women’s rights, and the health and well-being of people with Aids and their spouses and children, and education, and… Well they keep the brocade industry going, at least. Do admit. But the IHEU refuses to admit. The findings by Italy’s Union …

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Dec 31 2011

Sakineh is not safe

Maryam says: Here’s information on what you can and must do about the possible imminent execution of Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani. The International Committee Against Stoning asks the noble people of the world, as well as the press, governments and human-rights organisations, to exert pressure in any way they can in pursuit of Sakineh and Houtan’s release …

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Dec 31 2011

Choose ONE

It’s confusing. There’s this college in Dundee, called the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education. Its aim is the promotion of intelligent debate and understanding of Islam and the role of Muslims in the contemporary world. We are a place of knowledge and reflection on the issues facing a diverse and multicultural world in the twenty-first …

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Dec 31 2011

Looks more like malpractice

This is worrying. Authorities say two out-of-state doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder, an unusual use of a law that allows for murder charges in the death of a viable fetus. … A grand jury indicted the two doctors after a 16-month …

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Dec 30 2011

The grossly misnamed Australian Vaccination Network

I just want to say

Dec 30 2011

Going home

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports more revelations of threats to Pakistani journalists. Najam Sethi, editor of The Friday Times and host of a popular Urdu-language political program on Geo TV, and Jugnu Mohsin, also a Friday Times editor, said they had lived under threat for years but the level of danger had become so …

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Dec 30 2011

In which I talk some more

I did a podcast for the Buffalo Beast. I have the remains of a cold so there are one or two quick barks which are me coughing, but other than that I think it’s all right. It was fun. I should figure out where the Discovery Institute is some day…

Dec 30 2011

Acid in the name of god

I think people who leave Islam should leave it for atheism, not for Christianity, but I also think people who do leave Islam for Christianity should not have acid thrown in their faces. Umar Mulinde, who used to be an Islamic teacher and is now a bishop of the Gospel Life Church International, had acid …

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Dec 29 2011

More desk chair tourism

I did a post on Google Earth tourism last March. Something I’ve just discovered in the last few days is that the chateaux of the Loire Valley have been very thoroughly visited by the Google van – blue lines all over everything, so you can see the gardens, the approaches, outbuildings, and the chateau from …

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Dec 29 2011

RBB

You know about Rock Beyond Belief, right? The fun day of music and rabble-rousing for foxhole atheists? Current Lineup Speakers Dan Barker Ed Brayton Richard Dawkins Margaret Downey Jen McCreight Dale McGowan Hemant Mehta Nate Phelps Al Stefanelli Todd Stiefel Mikey Weinstein Music Baba Brinkman Jeffrey Lewis Spoonboy Words Such As Burn Roy ZimmermanWhen: Saturday, …

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