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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 25 2012

Not lord of the manor

Tessa Kendall has a post on Bullies and predators, expanding on Michael Story’s post yesterday. Because of the stupid libel laws in this country, the Offender cannot be named publicly, which makes him harder to deal with. I’m one of the hosts of London SitP, along with Carmen and Sid. When I started going to …

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Sep 24 2012

Raising their voices against known enemies

Salman Rushdie talked to Der Spiegel about his memoir of the fatwa years. Some senior cops didn’t approve of him much. I wasn’t like the others, those who deserved protection because they had done something for the country. I was someone who received protection because he had made trouble. In their view, it was my …

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Sep 24 2012

Stories

There’s also an epistemological point in Michael’s post, which is interesting too. The issue of the day is sexism/feminism and the debate is splitting down two rough sides: those who find religion immoral or irritating and want to campaign against it with no time devoted to anything else, and those whose objection to religion is …

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Sep 24 2012

Biff

Headline just seen on the LA Times website. Romney hits Obama for calling Middle East troubles ‘bumps in road’ 09/24/2012, 2:17 p.m. Guys…take it outside.

Sep 24 2012

A distinct way of thinking

Pakistan is working hard to model mindless slavish submission to religious mandates for the rest of the world, and to bully everyone else into doing the same. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered Internet service providers to block YouTube — all of it, not just the offending videos. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has asked Interpol …

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Sep 24 2012

The importance of respecting all prophets

Michael Nugent tells me a bit of news I didn’t know – that the EU has joined the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League and the Commission of the African Union to release a statement “expressing ‘the importance of respecting all prophets’, and ‘strongly committing to take further measures’ to work for ‘full respect …

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Sep 24 2012

Getting disturbingly touchy-feely with women

Oh, so it happens in the UK too, eh. Michael W Story says it does, at least. I like going to public lectures; I’ve met some great friends and friends who became colleagues there, many of whom I saw last weekend at the post Pod Delusion Live drinks. I’ve spoken at Ignite, done the odd …

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Sep 23 2012

A must-read

They’ve added a great new blogger at Talking Philosophy, Claire Creffield. Alert readers will figure out quite quickly that she is a woman, a type which is generally in short supply there. She’s a dazzling writer, with interesting thoughts. She is wasted on some of the he-man commenters there, like Michael Reidy. The question is: …

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Sep 23 2012

Maryam speaks

Speaking of Maryam, she has her talk yesterday at the NSS conference posted. Richard Dawkins said on Twitter that she was on good fiery form. A taste – Hiding behind ‘rights’ and ‘choice’ to excuse misogyny is a betrayal of human principles. After all, years ago, certain men only had the ‘right’ to vote and …

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Sep 23 2012

Last February

Marianne (Noodlemaz) tweeted a very nice picture from the Free Expression rally organized by Maryam in London last February;  it’s of her and Rhys. She gave me permission to post it. She has a great post on the rally, full of pictures and videos. In the second video there’s Rhys telling about his adventure in …

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