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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 27 2012

Mothers and daughters

Via a tweet by the great Deeyah – a woman in India is murdered for refusing to “compromise” in her daughter’s rape case. I suppose I should warn you: it makes very ugly upsetting reading. That’s so often the case, but maybe I should give warnings more often. A month-and-a-half after a schoolgirl was reportedly raped …

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Mar 27 2012

Vocational hazards

Barbara J King at NPR is repeating her mantra that it’s wrongwrongwrong bad awful reprehensible to say that absurd beliefs are absurd. Last Thursday, I spoke with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in a recorded interview at the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. That meeting was suggested by the American arm of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for …

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Mar 26 2012

Discourses

There’s a new course at UBC this spring: ‘Ecology, Technology, Indigeneity and Learning: Contexts, Complexities, and Cross-cultural Conversations’ May 7 – June 15, 2012. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm Here’s the skinny: Ecological and technological educational discourses are often taught as separate discourses downplaying, or ignoring altogether, their interconnectedness, complexities, and complicities, as well as …

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Mar 26 2012

A tribe of one

There was an earlier Heathen’s Progress a few days ago, which did hint that the series isn’t in fact intended to go on forever. That’s good to know. (One needs to know what to pack.) On the other hand, Julian used it to treat all disagreement as “tribalism,” which looks to a naive observer like …

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Mar 26 2012

A spectre is haunting the Guardian Open Weekend

Oh no not that – not another installment of Heathen’s (ant-like) Progress. But yes, it is so. This time it’s a manifesto. Oh good, more management of atheism by a self-nominated boss of atheism. More telling us all how to do it more korrektly by some random guy. More “we have to do it this way” from one …

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Mar 25 2012

Fuck the pope…but use a condom

Rowdy irreverent people in Mexico city protest the pope’s visit. I want to be friends with all of them! Wisely, the pope is not going to Mexico City. He’s going to a city where people like him. I wonder if his BFF Sayeeda Warsi is going to meet him there so that they can plan the …

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Mar 25 2012

Bifurcated epistemology is doing it wrong

PZ is doing another talk tomorrow, at the American Atheists National Convention. Subject: “Scientists! If you aren’t an atheist, you’re doing it wrong!” Regular commenter (here as well as there) julian disagreed. Meh. I’d say if a philosopher’s not an atheist they’re doing it wrong but a scientist can be whatevs so long as they’re …

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Mar 25 2012

It’s not a priority

I saw a powerful BBC report on FGM in Egypt the other day. The most chilling part is at the very end (11:00) when Sue Lloyd Roberts asks a Salafist honcho if he’s on board with the campaign to end FGM and he said it’s not a priority. She pressed him by saying, “So you wouldn’t …

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Mar 25 2012

Sometimes the ploy is really too obvious

One such time is when a clerical type (or “expert” or “scholar” or other male boffin who dispenses religious rules) tells a woman she has to open her legs whenever her husband tells her to and that if she doesn’t she’s a sinner and that godknowsbest. It’s Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem I’m talking about this time. …

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Mar 25 2012

Marriage is defined as

The Muslim Council of Britain says no thanks to marriage equality for gays. Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “Whilst we remain opposed to all forms of discrimination – including homophobia – redefining the meaning of marriage is in our opinion unnecessary and unhelpful. “With the advent of civil partnerships, both homosexual and …

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