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Ophelia Benson

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Jan 31, 2012, 8:34:50 PM1/31/12
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Hello. Winter twilight, and time for another B&W update.
 

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More on arrest of Indonesian atheist
Official said that he had yet to decide whether Alexander would be dismissed from his post. “I told him that there was no place in this country for his beliefs,” he said.
Filed: January 23, 2012

Karen Armstrong says how great Islam is
"The ancient rituals of the hajj...have helped pilgrims to form habits of heart and mind that – pace the western stereotype – are non-violent and inclusive."
Filed: January 23, 2012

Skeptic lawyer on the two sorts of limits to law
The first concerns what one ought to do (with law). The second concerns what it is possible to do (with law). Principled v means-end.
Filed: January 23, 2012

Nigeria: police find bomb-filled cars in Kano
Police said they found cars and vans filled with explosives in Kano three days after Boko Haram carried out a deadly attack there.
Filed: January 23, 2012

LSE Students’ Union issues statement on ASH
"The offensive nature of the content on the Facebook page is not in accordance with our values of tolerance, diversity, and respect for all students."
Filed: January 23, 2012

Bruce Gorton on bad times for free expression

On the 11 of February, One Law for All is arranging a rally to stand up against this. Are you prepared to stand up and say “We give this kuffar the right to speak”?
Filed: January 24, 2012

Islamist misogyny on the rise in the Maldives
Shadiya Ibrahim, a long-time campaigner for women's rights, said the society was growing steadily more oppressive of women.
Filed: January 24, 2012

Jaipur: Islamist bullies block Rushdie video talk

Announcing the cancellation, an emotional Sanjoy Roy said: "We have been pushed to the wall...Earlier today, a number of organisations came to us and threatened violence."
Filed: January 24, 2012

Ministry of Truth on manipulations of LSE Students’ Union
A motion to limit voting rights at general meetings looks like another cynical ploy designed to head off any possibility of LSESU ASH rallying support.
Filed: January 25, 2012

Jesus and Mo on how not to offend
We must ensure that everyone's beliefs are protected. Well not quite everyone's.
Filed: January 25, 2012

NSS on LSE Student Union v principle of free speech
"These statements by the Student Union are deeply shocking. They appear to be prepared to sacrifice the primary principle of free speech on the altar of claimed offence."
Filed: January 25, 2012

Erdogan calls French bill on Armenian genocide “racist”

The Turkish government argues that judging what happened in eastern Turkey in 1915-16 should be left to historians, and that the new French law will restrict freedom of speech.
Filed: January 25, 2012

Popehat on shut-uppery at LSE
The LSE Student Union's statement on the matter is a master class in the mindset of censorious bureaucrats.
Filed: January 25, 2012

Threats stop even video appearance by Rushdie
Muslim groups attending the festival threatened violence if Rushdie appeared via video.
Filed: January 25, 2012

Human rights groups monitor trial of Baltasar Garzón
AI, HRW, and IJC have all sent observers amid concerns that Garzón is being targeted because of his innovative use of international human rights laws.
Filed: January 26, 2012

Women stripped and assaulted in Tahrir Square
They get grabbed, knocked down, stripped, beaten up, finger-raped - then told not to say anything because “it would hurt the image of the revolution.”
Filed: January 26, 2012

Audio of LSE SU debate on Islamophobia
"It's deeply insulting to ridicule a faith."
Filed: January 26, 2012

New Hampshire Republicans propose bills that prevent…
...police from protecting victims of domestic violence. That's family values.
Filed: January 26, 2012

Giant ugly Jesus statue for Primrose Hill
Something to do with the Olympics and Rio de Janeiro, but the people of North London are not delighted.
Filed: January 27, 2012

Kentucky cuts education, funds creationism
Kentucky Governor is suggesting over $50 million in cuts to education – while preserving $43 million in tax breaks for Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter theme park.
Filed: January 27, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood
Maybe they won't be so bad, people say nervously. Maybe they'll be only a little bit bad. We hope so.
Filed: January 27, 2012

The Pod Delusion with Jesus and Mo at LSE
James O'Malley talks to Chris Moos of LSE ASH.
Filed: January 27, 2012

William Dalrymple on last Tuesday afternoon in Jaipur
"Then they sought out our producer, Sanjoy Roy, and told him that they were prepared to use any amount of violence in order to stop Rushdie's voice being heard."
Filed: January 28, 2012

Alain de Botton wants to build atheist “temple”
To celebrate a "new atheism" as an antidote to what he describes as Professor Richard Dawkins's "aggressive" and "destructive" approach to non-belief.
Filed: January 28, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist faces Cranston’s rage
New York Times asks, bullyingly, "Does she empathize in any way with members of her community who want the prayer to stay?"
Filed: January 28, 2012

University bows to Hindutva student group fatwa on film
Symbiosis University cancelled screening of documentary on Kashmir after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad raised objections to its ‘separatist' nature.
Filed: January 29, 2012

Mark Vernon says the materialist world view must go
Science an act of faith? Science a belief system? But then how else to explain the grip of the mechanistic, physicalist, purposeless cosmology?
Filed: January 29, 2012

Shafias found guilty

All three found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder of Zainab Shafia, 19, Sahar, 17, Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir Mohammad, 52.
Filed: January 29, 2012

Death threats for Dutch satirist’s burqa song
Johan Vlemmix has stopped performing the song onstage and cancelled the option to order the shirts via his website.
Filed: January 29, 2012

Fox News “investigates” Rock Beyond Belief
Quotemine quotemine quotemine. I really appreciate you giving us a call.
Filed: January 30, 2012

Afghan woman killed for giving birth to a girl

Some women in Afghanistan are abused if they fail to give birth to boys. This is the latest in a series of high-profile crimes against women in the country.
Filed: January 30, 2012

Gideon Levy says God rules all in 2012 Israel
It can no longer be claimed that the secular majority has acquiesced to the religious minority; there is no secular majority, only a negligible minority.
Filed: January 30, 2012

Turkey: man, 25, impregnates girl, 11; they are “married”
Turkish feminists warn that under the three AKP administrations, long-controversial patriarchal habits have once again become the norm.


Filed: January 30, 2012

Windsor Muslim women react to Shafia verdict
Reem Khan and Miriam Issa are speaking out against so-called honour killings.
Filed: January 30, 2012

Sunil D’Monte on victim blaming in action
Where the “spotlight” of discussion and the “burden of change” are placed on the victim instead of the perpetrator.
Filed: January 30, 2012

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There you go! Talk to you next week.
 
OB

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