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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 30 2012

Words

I’m reading Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven. The core facts: a Mormon man [Dan Lafferty] converted to radical polygamist female-subservientist fundamentalist Mormonism and converted his five brothers. The oldest brother [Ron Lafferty] was divorced by his wife as a result. The wife [Brenda] of the youngest [Allen] resisted all of them. Ron and Dan killed her and the pair’s …

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Mar 29 2012

Stay where you are

Speaking of Islamic Feminism… In Afghanistan, it’s a crime for women to leave home without permission. “Running away” is not an offense found in the Afghan Penal Code. However, women and girls in Afghanistan have long faced punishment from family and local governing bodies for leaving home without permission. In response to challenges to the …

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Mar 29 2012

The Templeton Prize

Who won who won who won, you cry, on the edges of your chairs. The Dalai Lama. Say what? The Dalai Lama won a prize that’s given for doing something or other about science and religion? Where’s the science part? NEW YORK — The Dalai Lama has been awarded one of the world’s leading religion …

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Mar 29 2012

Job opening in Oxymoron Studies

The Women’s Studies Program at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, will offer a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic Feminist Studies in 2012-2013. The Women’s Studies Program at Wheaton College is pleased to announce a one- year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellow will pursue research and teach three courses in …

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Mar 29 2012

Tariq Ramadan explains

Ramadan informs us that Mohamed Merah was neither religious nor political; he was just a confused angry guy flailing around. He seems to have had very precise aim for someone who was just flailing. Religion was not Mohamed Merah’s problem – nor was his politics. A French citizen frustrated at being unable to find his …

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Mar 29 2012

Measuring the distance

Another free speech issue, a tricky one. France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference. France’s foreign ministry said Thursday the clerics were invited by the French Islamic Union to speak at a congress in Le Bourget …

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Mar 28 2012

Mo is surfing

Jesus and Mo aren’t very keen on secularism. Not only that, but Jesus reads the Daily Fail.

Mar 28 2012

Another loving father

Here’s a cheerful item: According to news reports on Wednesday, an Egyptian man and his family tied up their daughter and threw her into the Nile river as a result of a divorce to her aging husband, who mistreat[ed] her and abused the young woman. Luckily, a fisherman saw the girl and rescued her before …

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Mar 27 2012

Say prayer works or we will squash you

Three MPs (UK) are trying to get the Advertising Standards Authority to change its ruling about advertising that claims prayers can heal diseases. Last month, a Christian group in Bath were banned from using leaflets that said: “NEED HEALING? GOD CAN HEAL TODAY!… We believe that God loves you and can heal you from any sickness.” …

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Mar 27 2012

Homeless vets? Let’em starve

Justin has some shocking news – Fort Bragg wont let us feed homeless vets at the atheist festival I fought very hard for this to happen at the festival this weekend. We went back and forth for several months. The ‘pro-starvation’ camp has prevailed. The idea was simple. Our festival is already paid for, via …

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