Did This Poll About Women’s Attire in Muslim Countries Ask the Wrong Question?

The Washington Post, via the Pew Research Center, presents an interesting chart. But watch that question:

(The actual wording in the study is: “Which one of these women is dressed most appropriately for public places?”

Maybe these results aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. After all, “appropriate” is a pretty ambiguous word, because it can refer to something that’s demanded by one’s social environment, or it can mean “that which an individual considers suitable and proper for herself.”

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Texas Board of Education Candidate Claims That ‘We Know We Didn’t Come from Monkeys!’

This is Lady Theresa Thombs lamenting about an upcoming election:

If she were a random conservative, few people would care, but this is someone running for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education. She thinks she can win the race with brilliant barbs like that one that she made at Monday night’s candidates forum. But things only got worse from there:

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Secular Wedding Celebrants May Soon Become a Reality in New Jersey

While Chris Christie attempts to fire and flail his way out of his bridge scandal, something actually pretty encouraging is happening under the radar in New Jersey. The Garden State may soon allow secular civil celebrants to officiate marriages. The New Jersey State Senate voted 32-5 in a favor of that bill today.

In March of 2012, a bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula that adds to the list of those already authorized to solemnize marriages in New Jersey this amendment:

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When it Comes to Religious Accommodations in the Classroom, How Far is Too Far?

There’s an interesting debate taking place at York University in Toronto. Here’s the scenario: A student emails his professor saying he can’t do a particular group project because his religion doesn’t allow him to interact with women. If you’re the professor, what do you do? Sociology Professor J. Paul Grayson did what I think I [Read More...]

South Carolina Lawmakers, Seeking to Introduce Daily Prayer in Schools, Have Kindly Thought of Atheists, Too

I thought I’d share a warm and fuzzy update in the renewed legislative fight of seven Democratic and three Republican lawmakers to have kids “enjoy” a daily prayer — sorry, I mean “a moment of silence” — in South Carolina public schools.

As I noted in my previous post about the initiative, there can be no mistake about what this forced daily silence is intended to do. One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Wendell Gilliardstated that

The essential part of the bill, the important part, is putting prayer back in school.”


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