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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 29 2013

Predawn

No seriously. I’m in Texas. It feels like being in a foreign country. The trees are different. The birds are different – very different. I got here in time for the auction dinner. I sat between Richard, from San Francisco, and Glen, from Philadelphia, who had donated one of the items to be auctioned – …

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Mar 28 2013

Austin

In Austin. Among the atheists. Dinner. Auction. Amanda, Dave, Matt, Ingrid, Greta, Anthony. Didn’t see the bats though. Love Austin. More later.

Mar 28 2013

The struggle

There will be a book in which Malala tells her own story published in the fall. The memoir of 15-year-old Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai will be published this fall, publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth about $3 million. Titled “I Am Malala,” the book will tell the story of the …

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Mar 28 2013

Time check

I’m leaving for the airport in three hours. I just thought you’d like to know that.

Mar 27 2013

Speaking out

Waleed Al-Husseini Leo Igwe Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin Maryam Namazie Gina Khan    

Mar 27 2013

Power to the fertilized eggs

So in North Dakota, as I mentioned in passing a few hours ago, the legislature has decided to define eggs as people. North Dakota lawmakers voted on Friday afternoon to pass a “personhood” abortion ban, which would endow fertilized eggs with all the rights of U.S. citizens and effectively outlaw abortion. The measure, which passed the …

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Mar 27 2013

Not a dry eye in the house

The Onion… Supreme Court Justices Brought To Tears By Heartfelt Testimony Of Bigot Who Hates Gay People WASHINGTON—Listening to oral arguments Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, all nine Supreme Court justices were reportedly moved to tears by the heartfelt and highly personal testimony of a bigot who despises homosexuals unreservedly. …

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Mar 27 2013

This thing is not like the other

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Now look here. Politicians get caricatured. There’s a long and glorious tradition of caricaturing politicians. Right? Right. Therefore, bloggers should get caricatured too. It’s the same thing, after all – being a politician and being a blogger. Or is it? No, actually. It’s not. Being a blogger isn’t the same as being a politician.

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Mar 27 2013

Distinctions, always distinctions

Adam Lee did a post in Amy’s series a week ago and I missed it. (Too busy stuffing my face with cupcakes, probably.) Most of us became atheists for intellectual reasons, because we find the arguments for theism unconvincing, or for moral reasons, because we find its teachings intolerable. But it seems to me that …

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Mar 27 2013

How can we be multicultural if we don’t allow sharia?

Anne Marie Waters had a depressing experience a couple of weeks ago. On Sunday, I spoke at the University of Kent’s Critical Law Society conference under the heading of ‘Equality: Are We There Yet?’ I was invited to speak alongside pro-sharia advocate Aina Khan (more on her later) and a PhD student (more on her …

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