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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 28 2012

Which political ideals and which customs?

I’m reading Martha Nussbaum’s new book The New Religious Intolerance, and finding it as exasperating as I expected. For one thing, there’s what (or who) is not in the index. She puts much of the focus on Islam and what she uncritically calls “Islamophobia,” but who is missing from the index? Maryam. Irshad Manji. Kenan …

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May 27 2012

Sara Azmeh Rasmussen

Hey how about this – Melody tweeted a link to a story about two women honored in Norway  for their outspokenness across cultural lines. Both have immigrant backgrounds, from Algeria and Syria… Oh! thought I, I might know one of them, and hastily skimmed down the page, and sure enough! Sara Azmeh Rasmussen, who immigrated to …

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May 27 2012

So you’re saying gay people are only born of other gay people?

Have you seen Stacy Pritchard talking to Anderson Cooper? Of course that was taken out of con – I mean yes, he said that, but of course he would never want that to be done. Of course people are going to take it and make it their own way and what they want to. But – …

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May 27 2012

The “ignore and it will go away” myth

Indigo Jo takes a look at that myth via the report on sexual harassment in London. The second [striking thing in a discussion on BBC London] was the suggestion (which I recall Simister saying the police had given to her after her assault) that women should “just ignore it”, which prompted me to write an email …

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May 27 2012

Life on the streets

Surprise shock revelation: there is sexual harassment in London. The harrassment ranges from wolf-whistling and lewd comments to physical groping and sexual assault. Campaigners say that reported cases represent “the tip of the iceberg” and that authorities can no longer afford to ignore the issue. Research released today by the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) …

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May 27 2012

Sharia for Timbuktu

More bad news – two warring rebel groups in northern Mali have decided to resolve their differences by…turning northern Mali into an Islamist state. Yeah, that’s the way to do it! Two rebel groups that seized northern Mali two months ago have agreed to merge and turn their territory into an Islamist state, both sides …

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May 27 2012

Publishing the norms

For a comic interlude (with uncomic implications and underpinnings, but never mind that for now) – the Vatican goes public with its formerly sekrit and super-technical Roolz for authenticating authentic sightings (or apparitions, as it helpfully calls them) of “the Virgin” Mary. The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions …

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May 27 2012

I’m suddenly a fan of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has canceled a concert in Indonesia after religious bullies (Islamist chapter) threatened violence against her.   Attaboiz – you do that – get together in a big bunch and threaten a woman for performing, and express a wish that she be tortured for eternity. Sucks to be you.

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May 26 2012

‘Cause baby look at you now

Justin gets trash-talk too; he gets a Christian guy calling his infant daughter “ugly.” Isn’t that nice? Isn’t that just how people ought to be to each other? Fortunately she could pose for a dictionary definition of “adorable,” but the ugliness of saying things like that remains unchanged. I don’t get this at all. I’m …

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May 26 2012

Note for anyone thinking of going to Rothamsted tomorrow

Guest post via Bernard Hurley I have just received the following email from London Skeptics in the Pub. It might be of interest to anyone thinking of going to Rothamsted tomorrow: ==================================================== Dear Bernard Hurley Just a quick note for folks who are thinking of, or are attending the counter protest against the needless vandalism of …

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