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Ophelia Benson

Author's details

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. “Get the hell out of my race” — April 22, 2014
  2. More than any other means — April 22, 2014
  3. My favorite cat — April 22, 2014
  4. Pleasantries — April 22, 2014
  5. Under god — April 22, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Jim Jefferies — 606 comments
  2. Bullying at 35 thousand feet — 556 comments
  3. I’m out — 535 comments
  4. A man generally cannot know — 389 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 21 2014

Neither the expertise nor the legitimacy

Chris Moos looks at the sources the Law Society cited for its guidance on sharia. …the Law Society has readily admitted that it does neither have the expertise, nor the legitimacy to make verdicts on sharia law. On what expertise is the Law Society then drawing for its practice note?

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Apr 21 2014

What doesn’t kill us can still break our bones

NPR had a piece on bullying a couple of days ago, starting from a British study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The unsurprising finding? Bullying is not beneficial. What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying. Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing …

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Apr 21 2014

Billionaire little guys fight back

Also, Cliven Bundy? He doesn’t have some kind of ancestral claim to that land. Bundy, a multi-millionaire farmer who hasn’t paid for grazing rights on public lands for more than 20 years, also stands to garner substantial support from some very wealthy enemies of President Obama. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by billionaire …

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Apr 21 2014

A conservative champion

What? Media Matters on Cliven Bundy: Bundy has been in conflict with the federal government for decades over his refusal to pay grazing fees for his cattle herd’s use of public lands. A recent attempt by the Bureau of Land Management to enforce court orders allowing the confiscation of Bundy’s cattle to settle unpaid fees and fines …

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Apr 21 2014

Horrors, women protesting

There was a protest in Kolkata of what appears to be the protest Maryam was recently part of. Kolkata: Several Muslim groups led a protest in Kolkata angered by photographs published in a Bengali Daily of women protesting in nude, with Arabic texts, including names of Allah and Prophet Muhammad.

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Apr 21 2014

A very carefully calculated piece of political propaganda

Also a good blog post on the Mail on Sunday’s amusing prank, at Where’s the Benefit? Beyond the horror that they did this to a charity, we need to be very aware of exactly what was done here, and it is a far murkier story than many will realise. The Trussell Trust has been flagging …

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Apr 21 2014

NEXT WEEK’S MAIL ON SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE

More sarcasm:

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Apr 21 2014

“We fed 3000 of his fellow citizens last year”

The manager of the scammed food bank comments:

Apr 21 2014

Long story short

Of course there’s also satire.

Apr 21 2014

The great British public to the Mail on Sunday: Bite me

The good news is, the loathsome Mail on Sunday hit piece motivated a lot of people to give money to the charitable trust that funds many UK food banks. Yaboosucks Daily Mail! The largest provider of food banks in Britain has seen a huge surge in donations after a newspaper article criticising the charity sparked …

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