Father of Boy Who Died Thwarting a Suicide Bomber is Very Happy; Can’t Wait For Other Son to Get Martyred, Too

Earlier this week, we learned details about a 10-year-old Afghani girl, Spozhmai Ghafar, whose older Taliban brother had allegedly outfitted her with a suicide vest and instructed her to blow up a police checkpoint. She refused and is now in protective custody. (The Taliban denies the charge.)

Now comes the story of another child, a 14- or 15-year-old in Pakistan named Aitzaz Hassan, who did die in a bomb attack — and who is thought to have saved many other children’s lives by doing so.

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Dale McGowan’s New Book About Interfaith Relationships Now Available for Preorder

I’m so excited to announce this: My friend Dale McGowan, who has already written two incredibly popular books on raising children as an atheist parent — Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers — will soon release his third book about atheist families.

It’s called In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families:

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If Ken Ham Were to Accept Evolution, It Might Look Something Like This…

(via SMBC)

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Quietly, the BBC Changes Its False Story About the Attacks on Lars Vilks

A few days ago, the BBC published a news article about the conviction of Colleen LaRose, a.k.a. Jihad Jane, for her plot to murder the Swedish artist Lars Vilks. The writer of that piece roundly declared that despite the plot, and despite the $100,000 reward placed on Mr. Vilks’ head by Islamic militants, Vilks “was never attacked.”

Given the two known — and widely reported — attacks on the man, the BBC was wrong, as I wrote here. I e-mailed the editorial staff and asked for a correction and an explanation.

So far, no reply.

But sometime in the past 36 hours, someone at the BBC quietly scrapped the lie or the error (absent an explanation, we can’t know what it was), and replaced it with the more accurate “But the murder plot went nowhere.”


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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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