Butterflies and Wheels update

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Ophelia Benson

Sep 3, 2012, 6:51:09 PM9/3/12
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Hello. It's a beautiful afternoon...I love September. Also time for a B&W update.

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German rabbi charged for performing circumcisions
The chief prosecutor of Hof confirmed that charges had been filed against the rabbi.
Filed: August 21, 2012

Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy could get death penalty
Neighborhood bullies told all the Christians to get out.
Filed: August 21, 2012

Michael Nugent offers 5 ways you can help Alex Aan
Write to him, talk to politicians, start or support a campaign initiative, keep campaigning.
Filed: August 21, 2012

Jacques Rousseau on atheism+
We’d agree about being decent people, but not necessarily agree on how to do that.
Filed: August 21, 2012

Evangelical preacher told woman not to report abuse
"In his email, he said to me it was important that Christians keep the testimony of the Church and therefore protect the institution."
Filed: August 21, 2012

Tony Nicklinson dead of starvation
He lost his High Court case to allow doctors to end his life last week, so he refused food. A horrible way to die.
Filed: August 22, 2012

Akin blames “liberal elite”
He means the Republicans who are telling him to drop his Senate campaign.
Filed: August 22, 2012

US: rapists have parental rights in 31 states
Men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy.
Filed: August 22, 2012

Social rejection can fuel creativity
Research supports this idea. The need to be seen as separate from others within a group enhances both nonconformity and creativity.
Filed: August 23, 2012

New Statesman blog on Atheism+
The nascent movement that might be the most exciting thing to hit the world of unbelief since Dawkins teamed up with Hitchens to diss god.
Filed: August 23, 2012

Mo desperately seeking Jesus
Where did he go?
Filed: August 24, 2012

A draft manifesto to promote ethical atheism
Michael Nugent offers an attempt to combine the best of our existing ideas into a set of principles and aims that all ethical atheists can promote.
Filed: August 24, 2012

Homo Orthodoxus ruining Russia
This God does not make any moral demands on his chosen followers but gives them full authority to make such demands on everybody else.
Filed: August 24, 2012

Men have to be part of feminism
Men have to be part of feminism because societal gender stereotypes affect them as well as us.
Filed: August 25, 2012

Glendon Mellow on Surly Amy and the Charms of Reason
Science is an unending river of inspiration for artists in the same way that art can be inspiring to science.
Filed: August 25, 2012

From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader
Jerry DeWitt refuses to leave DeRidder, a place where religion, politics and family pride are indivisible.
Filed: August 26, 2012

Scotland: Catholic church still meddling
Priests have read out a letter in each of the Church's parishes in Scotland criticising the Scottish government for plans to introduce same-sex marriage.
Filed: August 26, 2012

Afghan actress Sahar Parniyan gets death threats
Parniyan used to perform in Afghan TV shows with Benafsha who was murdered during Eid. She's been told she's the next target to be assassinated.
Filed: August 26, 2012

Afghanistan: Taliban behead 17 at party
"I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban," the Helmand provincial governor's spokesman told AFP.
Filed: August 27, 2012

Pakistan: doctors examine girl in “blasphemy” case
Rimsha's lawyer said that when he saw her in jail over the weekend she wept and begged to be released.
Filed: August 27, 2012

Ron Lindsay on Atheism+
Social justice is great. After all, who’s against social justice? It’s when one starts to fill in the details that disagreements arise.
Filed: August 27, 2012

Carol Blue on Hitchens, an impossible act to follow
We stood around his bed and reclined on plastic upholstered chairs as he made us into participants in his Socratic discourses.
Filed: August 27, 2012

Company launches India’s first “vagina tightening cream”
Company claims it empowers women. Wut?
Filed: August 28, 2012

Giles Fraser says circumcision is a precondition of freedom
Parents must be free to snip infant penises for religious reasons because "to be inducted into a community of values is a precondition" of freedom.
Filed: August 28, 2012

Everyday sexism: it’s not a rarity
The message sent by the normalised, prevalent street harassment in our society is that women are there for men to treat as they wish.
Filed: August 28, 2012

Soraya Chemaly on ways women get burned
Filed: August 28, 2012

Gujarat riots: BJP former minister convicted
Former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani of the BJP is among 32 people convicted in one of the worst incidents of mob violence, in Naroda Patiya.
Filed: August 29, 2012

Lawyer for blasphemy-accuser offers threats
A lawyer representing the man who accused a Pakistani Christian girl of blasphemy has claimed that if she is not convicted, she could be murdered.
Filed: August 30, 2012

Men shave woman’s hair, parade her in streets
They said she was having "illicit" sex.
Filed: August 30, 2012

Peanuts thrown at black camerawoman at RNC
The two white people said "this is what we feed animals." They were quickly expelled from the convention. The camerawoman said it could happen anywhere.
Filed: August 31, 2012

Priest tells Catholic newspaper children are seducers
The priest has a PhD in psychology from Columbia University and hosts a television talk show on the Eternal Word Television Network.
Filed: August 31, 2012

Striking miners charged with murder of colleagues shot by police
State prosecutors charged the miners under the apartheid-era "common purpose" doctrine.
Filed: August 31, 2012

Australia: priest charged with hiding sex crimes
He was also charged with assaulting two boys by caning them after they allegedly reported being sexually assaulted by another priest.
Filed: August 31, 2012

Witch camps in Ghana
In Ghana, outspoken or eccentric women may be accused of witchcraft - and forced to live out their days in witch camps.
Filed: August 31, 2012

Jessica Valenti on mandatory motherhood
No matter how many platitudes are thrown around, this is the party that wants motherhood not to be a choice, but to be enforced.
Filed: September 1, 2012

Imam charged with framing girl for “blasphemy”
The imam was arrested after his deputy and two others told a magistrate he added pages from the Koran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness.
Filed: September 2, 2012

Australia: broadcaster says says women rantrant
Alan Jones today accused women of "destroying the joint" as he widened his attack on Julia Gillard to take in other female public figures.
Filed: September 2, 2012

Jane Caro dissects the labels thrown at women
She started the hashtag #destroyingthejoint in homage to Alan Jones and his ilk and its been trending just a little bit.
Filed: September 2, 2012

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