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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31 2014

Just say no

I guess the Alabama legislature took a look at what happened to Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway, and liked what they saw. They want that to happen to Alabama women too. From the ACLU blog: All miscarriages can be devastating. But, for women in Alabama, this nightmare could soon get a lot worse. This …

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Jan 31 2014

Lord and Saviour action figure

Turn the other cheek eh?

Jan 31 2014

The BBC cast him as the faux-Muslim

Another good (meaning: reasonable) piece on The Veiling of Jesus and Mo, by Janice Turner in the Times. It’s paywalled, but it’s good to know it’s there anyway. It’s about Newsnight’s terrible and ridiculous decision to hide the Mo of Jesus and Mo behind a black egg. Turner notes the absurdity of hiding the very …

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Jan 31 2014

Challenging power is “offensive”

A terrific article by Kenan Malik on Channel 4′s contemptible decision to throw Maajid Nawaz under the bus by siding with the “offended” brigade. ‘Thank you @Channel4News you just pushed us liberal Muslims further into a ditch’. So tweeted Maajid Nawaz, prospective Liberal Democratic parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, last night. He had every right to …

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Jan 31 2014

Cohesion

hayleyk

More from the “danger to community cohesion” crowd at Plymouth University. They had their demonstration against Usama Hasan Wednesday evening, and the Facebook page for that demo is full of poisonous commentary. It does a good job of illustrating why people like Maajid Nawaz and Usama Hasan (and Tehmina Kazi and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Irshad …

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Jan 31 2014

Alex Aan is out of prison

The Jakarta Post reports: Alexander Aan, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on June 15, 2012 under the Blasphemy Law for publicly declaring himself an atheist on Facebook, was released from prison on Jan. 27. Aan, a 30-year-old former civil servant, posted statements and pictures on the social networking site stating that he …

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Jan 31 2014

Fine, explain the context

Mo and Mo – a spinoff of and tribute to the great and wise Jesus and Mo.

Jan 30 2014

As we are sure you can appreciate

The National Secular Society shares the form letter it got in response to its open letter to Channel 4 about its wretched decision to paste a black egg over Mo when it reported on the childish fuss over Maajid Nawaz and Jesus & Mo. The letter, from Steve Reynolds of Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries, reads: …

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Jan 30 2014

The sacred tradition of cutting off bits

Doctors in Sweden and Denmark have recommended a ban on non-medical circumcision. Unfortunately they’re putting the age of consent at 12, which seems obviously too young, since minors are just that – they’re subject to their parents. The recommendation is contained in a resolution approved by majority members of the Sweden Medical Association which covers about …

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Jan 30 2014

The real problem? He dresses too well

That 5pillarz place has another post about the Sinz of Maajid Nawaz, this one outdoing all the others I’ve seen in wit and polish and elegant subtlety of thought. Maajid Nawaz believes in the right to offend. Well so do I, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. And that’s why today I’m calling him a donkey (apologies in …

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