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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 26 2012

The fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity

A German court has outlawed circumcision done for religious reasons. Circumcising young boys on religious grounds causes grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents’ religious rights.

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Jun 26 2012

Which twin has the tragedy?

A guy who has a blog called Eternal Life Blog with the subtitle “covering all aspects of eternal life” (I do like thoroughness, don’t you?) thinks it’s a tragedy when clerics escape. Sadly, spiritual tragedies do occur in this dangerous spiritual environment. That is why Christians are told to guard themselves, hold on, keep themselves, …

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Jun 26 2012

Hebden Bridge under water

Hebden Bridge was hammered by a flood last Friday. Pictures here. After heavy rain all day Friday,  flood sirens went just before 8pm. Just hours later, the whole of the centre of Hebden Bridge was flooded. Market Street,  Bridge Gate, Old Gate, Albert Street and Crown Street were all under water and impassable. The dramatic …

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Jun 26 2012

American Atheists issue a strong anti-harassment policy

Jason has details.

Jun 25 2012

She said he said

A few people think I’ve been unfair to DJ Grothe. I don’t. I think it’s the other way around. I’ll explain why, as succinctly as I explained it to DJ (and Carrie) the day after threat-day.

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Jun 25 2012

We hadn’t

There are some memes that need correcting – and when I say “correcting” I mean “multiple repetitions of correction for however long it takes” because that’s how it is with memes: they’re god damn hard to correct and often trying to correct them just entrenches them instead. (So don’t correct them? No, because what else …

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Jun 25 2012

Also, the sun rose and set during those weeks

Bad journalism department. The Warrington Guardian reports on a guy who thinks his son’s autism was caused by the MMR vaccination. A STOCKTON Heath father, who believes his son became autistic after being given the MMR vaccination, has welcomed a landmark Italian court ruling. Judges in Rimini awarded the Bocca family £140,000 after the Italian …

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Jun 25 2012

Solstice weekend

Everyone says the CFI student leadership weekend was fantastic. Ed Brayton said so, and all the people tweeting about it at the time said so, and the pictures that Paul Fidalgo tweeted said so. (There was one of “James Croft with his invisible yo-yo” that cracked me up.) CFI goes from strength to strength. Noticed that? …

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Jun 24 2012

More on Nussbaum’s book

So anyway. Way back last month I did a brief post on Martha Nussbaum’s new book on religious intolerance. There’s more to say. I’ll say a little of it now. The overall point is just that she leaves out a lot. She puts a thumb on the scales by leaving out a lot. I had …

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Jun 24 2012

So much help, so unwanted

Meta. God this is boring. As briskly as possible – Verbose S to call the situations “threatening” runs a massive risk of saying that they were intentional threats, not that the person was reasonable to feel, at least, that there might be a threat. What “massive risk”? There was nothing at stake. No one was named. …

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