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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 28 2012

Mona Eltahawy defends her article

Yes it makes us look bad but we have to do it anyway.

Apr 28 2012

Donohue to citizens: stfu

I promised to pay more attention to Bill Donohue, so here goes. (It’s going to be irritating, doing this; the fingernails on a blackboard kind of irritating. The fact that he’s the only one who talks but he still finds it necessary to quote himself as if he were another person – that’s going to …

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Apr 28 2012

Mine is better!!

Cristina Odone was very annoyed a couple of weeks ago that religions she takes to be inferior in some unspecified way are sometimes counted as Big Serious Grown-up religions like Catholicism. Saint Morwenna, who in the 6th century built a church on a cliff with her bare hands, must be turning in her grave. Her beloved …

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Apr 28 2012

The golden tree of bullshit

Mark Vernon, always eager to plow new ground and alert us to new insights and ways of looking at the world, asks Is it just me or has the dialogue between science and religion become a bit stale? Ok I was joking. That question is staler than last year’s bread. The very idea that there is such …

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Apr 27 2012

Bruce on Day Five – Monday: Night of the Wankers…

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A guest post by Bruce Everett I’m sure you Americans in the readership have the same phenomena where you are, albeit with different tourists, most probably the English; ‘FAWCET-FAWCET-FAWCET-WELL-HOWDY-PARDNER-BATHROOM-FAWCET-MCDONALDS!’ Do you ever get sick of visitors to your country overusing your words, and using them wrong? Technically wrong; wrong connotations; wrong situation; mismatched nuance and …

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Apr 27 2012

Donohue’s success

Useful background on the Catholic League. The Catholic League was founded in 1973 by Jesuit priest Virgil Blum. William Donohue assumed leadership in July 1993. Since then, the membership has grown from 27,000 to 200,000. According to Donohue, the League has “won the support of all of the U.S. Cardinals and many of the Bishops …

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Apr 27 2012

The cruel return of gods

I’ve just read a very interesting and useful book by Ezat Mossallanejad, Religions and the Cruel Return of Gods. Mossallanejad is a survivor of torture in Iran – torture under the shah, not the ayatollah. He escaped to Canada in 1985 and is a Counsellor and Policy Analyst with the Canadian Centre for Victims of …

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Apr 27 2012

Her lunch with George

So Jemima Khan interviewed George Galloway for the Staggers over lunch (halal and alcohol-free) in Bradford. A coupla converts sitting aroung talking. Jemima’s mother started life with the handle Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, daughter of Viscount Castlereagh, later the 8th Marquess of Londonderry. Jemima of course married the cricket fella who is now a politics fella. …

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Apr 26 2012

Read Lauryn Oates

Do be sure to read Lauryn Oates’s new article at ur-B&W. Here’s how it begins: Foreign Policy has a superb series out now called The Sex Issue. In their own words, here is what it’s about: When U.S. magazines devote special issues to sex, they are usually of the celebratory variety (see: Esquire, April 2012 …

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Apr 26 2012

The air is full of feathers

I can never catch up. You know how that goes. And I can even less catch up right now because I read one post and then I have to read posts linked in trackbacks and before you know it the afternoon is gone. This will not do! I could have built a cathedral in the …

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