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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 29 2012

Xianityophobia

Right right right, I’m an “Islamophobe,” and criticizing Islam is punching down because Muslims are a despised group. (The second part is true, but the first part doesn’t follow. Punching Muslims is punching down, but punching Islam isn’t, because Islam itself is what punches down. Islam has huge, illegitmate power in many many parts of …

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Sep 29 2012

It takes practice

You know how Islamists say that jokes are unIslamic? Apparently one result of that is that Islamists don’t get practice in knowing when a joke is present. That means that sometimes they think a joke is actually a serious news item. Fars News Agency, a semi-official mouth piece of the Iranian regime, earnestly published a …

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Sep 28 2012

Someone once very aptly said

Check it out: a stirring promo for the American Atheists 50th birthday bash next March, at which I will be there. The first voice is Anthony Grayling. The second one you probably recognize. The third of course is Dave.

Sep 28 2012

Taking off the hijab…for now

A blogger stopped wearing the hijab, and she wrote a blog post about it. This wasn’t an easy decision. I had been struggling with it on a daily basis for the last five years. During the final years of my undergraduate degree, I was constantly reminded of how much my personal beliefs clashed with those …

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Sep 28 2012

Golden Dawn v Elder Pastitsios

More on “Elder Pastitsios” and blasphemy laws in Greece. The links are to sites in Greek. Four days before the arrest on September 17, MP Christos Pappas from the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party had brought the page to the attention of the justice minister and submitted an official inquiry into why the Facebook page was not being …

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Sep 28 2012

An awkward position to adopt

Sometimes an organization doesn’t speak for its members when it speaks. Sometimes an organization (or someone at the top of it) says something that’s abhorrent to many or most or almost all of its members. That can happen. There’s SlutWalk London for instance. Sarah Ditum asks what it’s doing lining up behind Julian Assange.

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Sep 28 2012

An expression of glandular-level contempt

Slime Season is here, all festive with mildew and rot and weevils. After four years of invective, four years during which the right has called President Obama a traitor, a communist, a fraud, an affirmative-action case, a terrorist-sympathizer and a tyrant, its shrillest voices have been reduced to the most primal insult of all. They …

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Sep 28 2012

News from the Secular Coalition for America

Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania to Officially Launch Sunday Thu, 09/27/2012 – 14:42 Washington, D.C—The Secular Coalition for America is excited to announce the official launch of the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania, expected to officially launch on Sunday. The Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania is the third chapter to launch as part of the SCA’s greater effort …

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Sep 27 2012

Joseph Anton

Salman Rushdie, on the other hand, is not a cultural relativist. He too talked to the New York Times, in his case about his new memoir about the fatwa years. I found myself caught up in what you could call a world historical event. You could say it’s a great political and intellectual event of …

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Sep 27 2012

My way or your respect for my way

So Morsi’s a cultural relativist. You wouldn’t think a Muslim Brotherhood guy would be a cultural relativist, would you. Pretty much the opposite. There is one way to be and Mohammed is its prophet. But then it’s not so much that he is a cultural relativist as that he thinks other people should be if …

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