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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 30 2012

Couldn’t the UN just put a stop to it?

Katha Pollitt on blasphemy. She starts with a public radio chat in which John Hockenberry said to BBC chief Jeremy Bowen: Hockenberry: I’m wondering if it’s possible for the United Nations to create an initiative that would talk about some sort of global convention on blasphemy, that would create a cooperative enterprise to control these kinds of …

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Sep 30 2012

A less cheerful observation of Blasphemy Day

In which protesters in Bangladesh torch at least four Buddhist temples and fifteen Buddhist dwellings, “after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.” What did he say? Islam wears army boots? Islam has bad breath? Islam repeated the second grade four times? Muslims took to the streets in the area …

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Sep 30 2012

More blasphemy

From The Rational Fool, reposted with permission. Reasoning with Ramayana – Canto I Ever since my granddaughter was born, I have been dreading the day when I will have to start fulfilling my paramount duty as a grandfather. Yes, I am talking about bedtime stories. Right now, she’ll go to sleep on my shoulder happily, …

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Sep 30 2012

Happy blasphemy day – Toonophobia

From the Syrian Atheists. H/t Stewart.

Sep 30 2012

Why?

EllenBeth Wachs and Rebecca Watson were at the Humanists of Florida Association conference this weekend, and so was Kelly Damerow of the Secular Coalition for America. They both separately chatted with her face to face about the appointment of Justin Vacula as co-director of the Pennsylvania chapter of the SCA. They also asked questions during …

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Sep 30 2012

More blasphemy for blasphemy day

To adapt a line of Kingsley Amis’s, God is a soppy fool with a fase like a pigs bum.

Sep 30 2012

Happy international blasphemy day

Have a little fuck the muthafucka courtesy of Tim Minchin.  

Sep 30 2012

The long arm of the law

Florida’s a scary place. If you ever have the bad luck to be taken hostage there by a guy armed with a gun and a knife, you might find yourself being prosecuted if you survive. A Florida woman is being accused of not defending her two children as their father stabbed them in the midst …

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Sep 29 2012

Devastating, passionate and ferocious

In re-reading Maryam’s talk and the comments on it I saw a link to a post by someone who attended the NSS Conference. Nick was good, he says. Nick was a fantastically eloquent and inspiring speaker – talking about self-censorship and imploring us to always be free to criticise “divinely inspired bigotry and facism”. His …

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Sep 29 2012

Who is an Islamophobe?

As I mentioned, in my horrid sarcastic mocking horrid way, I’m getting called Islamophobic a good bit these days. I’m getting called it here and even on the chat threads at Pharyngula, The Lounge and Thunderdome. (On the other hand it’s by the same people, so it doesn’t add up to more, it just adds …

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