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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 28 2012

Another one cries out for attention

A woman I don’t know, called Lucy Wainwright*, just tweeted me a link to a blog post she wrote. Nothing else, no greeting or explanation, just the link. That always looks kind of Mabusy, from a stranger, or else more than kind of spammy. But anyway she sent it, so she must want me to draw attention it. …

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Oct 27 2012

No freedom from religion allowed

The Texas Taliban says no to the FFRF. The Freedom From Religion Foundation received word on Oct. 24 that Henderson County, Texas, is refusing to permit it to post an “equal time” display on courthouse grounds by the large Christian nativity display dominating an entire corner. The devotional display is lit at night. …After Henderson …

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Oct 27 2012

The LSE Student Union, again

From the London School of Economics Student Union Atheist, Secularist, Humanist Society on Wednesday, requesting a name change. The significant change is supplementary: we would like to include “ex-Muslim” in our name, resulting in our new name: The LSESU Atheist, Secularist, Humanist and Ex-Muslim Society (LSESU ASHES). We are very excited about this, since we …

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Oct 26 2012

Misogyny or racism? Such a difficult choice

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Ha! Soraya pointed this out to me, from the New Yorker: GOP split over whether to emphasize misogyny or racism. NEW HAMPSHIRE (The Borowitz  Report)—With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, there is a deep  divide among Republican leaders over whether to emphasize misogyny or racism as  the campaign’s closing theme. In …

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Oct 26 2012

A modest proposal

Boy, that Mourdock fella is a real prize. He’s got his career plans wrong though. He wants to be a bishop, not a legislator. He had a chat with some newspaper people in southern Indiana Wednesday, and there he elaborated on his thoughts about god and rape. The wide ranging interview covered all topics, but …

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Oct 26 2012

50 facts

Soraya Chemaly presents 50 facts about rape. Republican Representative Richard Mourdock’s recen “misspeaking”  is unexceptional. Despite what he may have meant when he said “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that… is something God intended to happen,” he is unexceptional.  He’s not an outlier. Not a radical. In no substantive way …

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Oct 26 2012

The pledge is in court again

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear an appeal challenging a state law mandating the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs claim daily classroom affirmation that the nation is “under God” violates state constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination. Which it is. It absolutely is. It’s revolting. It not only shouldn’t be …

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Oct 26 2012

Good news on Malala

Wow. I’ve been checking the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for updates on Malala every day, and the update has always said just that she continues to make progress. It now seems that they were understating it a little. She’s been able to talk since Wednesday, and they seem much more confident now that there’s no brain …

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Oct 25 2012

Defining misogyny

Comment is Free held a little discussion of “what is misogyny?” the other day. An Australian dictionary has changed its definition of misogyny to reflect the fact that it is now used to mean ‘entrenched prejudice against women’, not just hatred of them. Six feminists tell us what the term means to them. Ok wait …

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Oct 25 2012

The power of ignorance

Shehrbano Taseer – daughter of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab who was shot to death by his own bodyguard because he supported a Christian woman accused of blasphemy – on Malala Yousafzai. (By the way the daily update from the hospital says what it’s said every day for a week – she continues to …

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