Thoughts On Secretary Clinton’s Response To Egypt

As always when I venture out of my areas of specialization, let me preface all following remarks with the obvious reminder—I am by no means a foreign policy expert or a Middle East expert.  So take the following on the merits of my arguments and bring forth any facts you think I may need to [Read More...]

Chomsky: America Has Consistently Opposed Secular Arab Nationalism In Favor Of Religious Fundamentalists

If, or to the extent that, this analysis is correct, it’s blood boiling: before 1967, the relationships were not very different from relationships among other powers. There was sympathy and support for Israel, which has many, many sources, including the Christian Zionism, which is a very powerful force that precedes and is numerically far stronger [Read More...]

The Burqa Doesn’t Stop Sexual Harassment

Austin Cline highlights an article about the ineffectiveness of unrevealing clothing in preventing harassment and assault of women in Egypt.  (You may remember that Egypt is also the nation with the recently released ad campaign aimed at getting women to cover up precisely as a remedy to such problems, which bewarethelizards42 perfectly skewered.) Cline quotes from [Read More...]

RapeAway!™

Pharyngula profiled this Egyptian ad last week, which advised women to veil themselves using an illustration: In response, BewareTheLizards42 has unveiled a new product: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Egyptian Cleric Mazen Al-Sarsawi Gives Brutal Advice For Treatment of Wives

Forced marriage, marital rape, tying the hair of two wives together and beating them, etc.  Simply stomach-turning misogynistic stuff, broadcast on Al-Nas TV in Egypt, January 7, 2010. (via Atheist Media Blog) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Obama Administration Supports UN Exceptions To Free Speech Protections In Cases Of Religious Speech

Upsetting: Around the world, free speech is being sacrificed on the altar of religion. Whether defined as hate speech, discrimination or simple blasphemy, governments are declaring unlimited free speech as the enemy of freedom of religion. This growing movement has reached the United Nations, where religiously conservative countries received a boost in their campaign to [Read More...]

Allies Of Political Secularism From Egypt And Lebanon

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

International Study of Darwin Awareness and Acceptance

Found this on PZ Myers. Overall good news that even though there are still some countries depressingly uninformed about Darwin— The results show that the majority of people polled have heard of Charles Darwin with the highest levels of awareness in Russia (93%), Mexico (91%), Great Britain (91%), and China (90%) whilst less than half [Read More...]

Beginning of the End of Radical Islam?

The Washington Post reports: Election and polling results show a diminishing influence of radical Islam acroos the Middle East and other Muslim countries. Radical political parties are losing clout, support for suicide bombing and terrorist tactics is dropping, and the deteriorating situation in Iran mark the beginning of the end of radical Islam. Regardless of [Read More...]


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