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Ophelia Benson

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Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/

Biography

Ophelia Benson is a columnist for Free Inquiry and the co-author of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, Why Truth Matters, and Does God Hate Women?

Latest posts

  1. The doctor died — July 29, 2014
  2. Guest post: Funny thing about the ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ verse — July 29, 2014
  3. Punished by angels from dusk to dawn — July 29, 2014
  4. Logic and rhetoric — July 29, 2014
  5. Not getting it — July 28, 2014

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Jul 29 2014

The doctor died

Very bad news: the doctor who was leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst outbreak on record has died from the virus. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows the deaths of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two US medics in neighbouring Liberia. …

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Jul 29 2014

Guest post: Funny thing about the ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ verse

Originally a comment and another comment by Marwa Berro (who will be blogging here under her real name starting August 1!) of Between a Veil and a Dark Place on A Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim. Funny thing about the ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ verse. It is almost always …

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Jul 29 2014

Punished by angels from dusk to dawn

Sara Khan of Inspire has an eloquent piece at the Telegraph on the Trojan Horse affair and its implications for Muslims who are not fans of bigotry and hatred. Sara of course is one such Muslim. One of the most shocking findings, from both Birmingham City Council’s report and from the Government’s own investigation into the …

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Jul 29 2014

Logic and rhetoric

My cosigner (it’s kind of like the Declaration of Independence – we are Signers) Richard Dawkins has been tweeting about the logic of saying X is not as bad as Y. The logic is that saying X is not as bad as Y is not the same thing as saying X is good. Quite right; …

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Jul 28 2014

Not getting it

Not getting it. There are of course people not getting it. Lots of them. There’s Phil Giordana for instance, on Dan Fincke’s public FB post on the statement. No, sadly. it will be another excuse for the mob to do as they please and cast away any semblance of rationality or honesty. Don’t accommodate the …

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Jul 28 2014

Reasoning with people who want to spike the heads of their adversaries

Nadette De Visser at the Daily Beast reports on a recent demonstration in The Hague (Den Haag): “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate …

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Jul 28 2014

If Chuck Norris

Well, that makes a nice summary of everything I fear and hate. If I were elected president I would Tattoo an American flag with the words, “In God we trust,” on the forehead of every atheist.” – Chuck Norris It’s got it all – sadism, compulsory nationalism, compulsory theism, total ignorance of US history, even …

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Jul 28 2014

Not Diogenes

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Mark Senior continues to be eager to let everyone know that he’s not going to pay any attention to any statements on the merits of disagreeing without being abusive about it. Hell no! Nobody tells Mark Senior not to act like an asshole!! Mark Senior will act like an asshole as much as he wants …

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Jul 27 2014

Hey Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers seems to be getting more unpleasant – or maybe just more active on Twitter, or maybe just retweeted by more people I happen to see. At any rate I find her increasingly unpleasant. I saw one tweet of hers this morning that was so obnoxious I replied to it. Christina H. Sommers …

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Jul 27 2014

What have you got against flamingoes anyway?

Latsot (Look at the state of that) lists some of the tropes, in a comment at oolon’s place. Quoted with permission. It would be too depressing to describe all the ‘arguments’ against rape culture I’ve seen, but it might be fun to list some of the tropes. For an especially masochistic definition of ‘fun’. Some …

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