Hitchens On Crass Responses To The Proposed Ground Zero Islamic Center

Noting the shadiness and creepiness of public remarks by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the plan to build a mosque blocks away from the former site of the Twin Towers, Christopher Hitchens is nonetheless repulsed by the tactics adopted by his opposition.  Starting with Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, he writes: [Read More...]

Spanish Senate Votes To Ban The Burqa

The New York Times reports: MADRID — In a significant escalation of Spain’s debate over how to handle radical Islam, the Senate on Wednesday narrowly and unexpectedly approved a motion to ban Muslim women from wearing in public the burqa or other garments that cover the whole body. The vote, 131 to 129, was another setback [Read More...]

Spanish Singer Prosecuted For Cooking A Crucifix In 1978

Here’s the offending video: And the story of the penalties to be paid for it: Musician Javier Krahe faces a fine of £159,000 after stills from the spoof cookery show, which involved baking an effigy of Christ for three days, were shown on television in 2004 during an interview with the star. Despite the length [Read More...]

Roland Joffé Makes Film About Opus Dei Founder

Roland Joffé, who made the classics, “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is making a movie about St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of the controversial and powerful Opus Dei. He claims to have full creative control and to have entirely rejected the initial script given to him. What drew him to the project? he [Read More...]

Consigning Minority Rights To Majority Vote Would Make Constitution Unnecessary

David Boies sums up the case he and Ted Olson are making in favor of a constitutional right to gay marriage: Countries as Catholic as Spain, as different as Sweden and South Africa, and as near as Canada have embraced gay and lesbian marriage without any noticeable effect — except the increase in human happiness [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...]


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