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Jul 31 2014

Public property

I was on a bus a couple of hours ago; a woman got up to be ready to get off at the next stop, and a guy sitting in one of the face-sideways seats started hassling her for not smiling. “Everyone else is smiling but you!” he informed her. Nuh uh. I wasn’t, for one. …

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Jul 31 2014

Vulcans can’t argue

I’m still getting Vulcans telling me that the only rational thing to do is to argue everything using Logic and Reason while totally excluding emotion. So what you get is people explaining about rape using what they take to be Logic and Reason while totally ignoring the fact that rape tends to be an emotive …

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Jul 31 2014

The mother should die instead

Something else I do sometimes? Laugh in public. Omigod – the blasphemy of it. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç says that’s not allowed. Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arınç described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying they should both have a sense of shame and honor. “Chastity …

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Jul 31 2014

Accused of posting a blasphemous picture to Facebook

I sometimes post blasphemous pictures or news links or remarks on Facebook. Probably more than sometimes. You could probably say I do that quite often. It’s possible that I do it several times a day. I don’t keep track, but that’s possible. It’s a good thing for me that I don’t live in Lahore. The …

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Jul 31 2014

The sooner you go to the treatment centre the better chance you have of surviving

Tulip Mazumdar reports on the Ebola crisis in Guinea for the BBC. This is the final resting place of the latest victim of Ebola: a four-month-old baby boy called Faya. He caught the virus from his mother, who died a few weeks earlier. His is the 20th anonymous grave in this dark and lonely clearing. …

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Jul 30 2014

Guest post: Feminism is full of seriously brain-stretching rationality

Originally a comment by Maureen on Let’s sit down and discuss that proposition itself. Richard Dawkins claims to be struggling against the forces of darkness – however defined – in order to have a logical and rational discussion on sensitive subjects. In order to do that, though, you would need facts. I don’t see that …

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Jul 30 2014

Let’s sit down together and discuss that proposition itself

The title of Dawkins’s new post asks a question: Are there emotional no-go areas where logic dare not show its face? The first paragraph re-words the question. Are there kingdoms of emotion where logic is taboo, dare not show its face, zones where reason is too intimidated to speak? My answer is yes, of course …

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Jul 30 2014

They are afraid

Oh no. Richard Dawkins has another post on the “mild rape is less bad than ferocious rape” paradigm he’s been using to illustrate Logic lately. It’s not going to calm the heaving waters. For now I’ll just quote the last paragraph. It is utterly deplorable that there are people, including in our atheist community, who …

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Jul 30 2014

No shelter for you

Golly, now there’s a new twist on dear old gender segregation – in Israel, a “men only” bomb shelter. While people all around Israel have spent the past two weeks scrambling for cover during rocket attacks, it seems that in some places, only men’s lives are considered worth protecting. In the Ashdod rabbinate building, the …

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Jul 30 2014

How apt

Via RH Reality Check.  

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