Does Religious Misogyny Get A Free Pass?

Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom have a book out called Does God Hate Women? Nick Cohen quotes it thusly, Well, what can one say. Religious authorities and conservative clerics worship a wretchedly cruel unjust vindictive executioner of a God. They worship a God of 10-year-old boys, a God of playground bullies, a God of rapists, of [Read More...]

The Meaning Of The Parthenon

Camels With Hammers regular (and my former student at Fordham), Evangelos has revived his blog and has a fascinating post which weaves together all the various things that Greece has stood for, both to Greeks and to the rest of the West at various times and places, and which explains how the competing attempts to [Read More...]

Banning the Burqini

The official reason was strict public health standards: PARIS — A Muslim woman who tried to go swimming in a head-to-toe “burquini” has been banned from her local pool in the latest tussle between religious practices and secular authority in France. Officials on Wednesday insisted they banned the woman’s use of the Islam-friendly swimsuit because [Read More...]

Religious Extremists Appeased Again

Disgraceful: Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain [Read More...]

A Pro-Nazi Museum In Germany?

Well this is disquieting news… Jürgen Rieger, the vice-president of the party that seeks to ban all immigration and sever all ties with the EU, has submitted plans to authorities in Wolfsburg – home to car giant Volkswagen – for the museum intended to “show the people what this organisation did and what it meant”. [Read More...]

Allies Of Political Secularism From Egypt And Lebanon

Thanks to the Atheist Media Blog [Read more...]

Obama Talks To Africa Online

Ahead of his coming first trip to Africa as president, he provided an online interview.  Included in his remarks were demands for governmental responsibility in African nations. From Politico‘s helpful transcription efforts: “I’d say I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse [Read More...]

Friedman Trash Talks The Chinese

Friedman’s column makes the crucial point that being at the forefront of energy transformation is not just about heading off the consequences of global warming, it’s about being a global leader in the energy technologies which will dominate future markets: inevitably some young Chinese would say: “Hey, you Americans got to grow dirty for 150 [Read More...]

Obama’s 8-Year Strategy

Andrew Sullivan’s take on Obama’s long game, which frustrates the both the impatient on the left and the right: As he had once written when describing his strategy as a black man in a white world: no sudden moves. And we have seen none. Obama likes the system; he just wants to make it work [Read More...]


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