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God Country, Eagle Eye

God Country

I’m currently in Israel as part of a press delegation sent here by the British pro-Israel think tank BICOM (lovely people, by the way). My first day has been exhausting, and it’s not even over yet; in an hour or two, we’re meeting the director of the Jerusalem Press Club for dinner.
Today we went on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 5:25 pm

The Pro-Death Movement, Eagle Eye

The Pro-Death Movement

I was hoping to write something lighthearted today, but no such luck. A friend sent me a link to this piece on the ultra-right US website Newsbusters, and it’s made me so incandescently angry I have to write it out of my system.
I’d like to start by saying that the grief being expressed by the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 5:56 pm

The Battle of the Bulge, Eagle Eye

The Battle of the Bulge

Masturbation could well be the greatest single social good in the history of humanity.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 February 2014 at 3:12 pm

Christian GPs and the morning after pill: Much needed clarification, Health

Christian GPs and the morning after pill: Much needed clarification

Doctors are allowed to have personal beliefs, just as long as these beliefs do not interfere with the rights of the patient and service provision.

By | Health | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 3:00 am

The Freedom of Thought 2012 report: the non-religious are still being persecuted, Notebook

The Freedom of Thought 2012 report: the non-religious are still being persecuted

Like many non-religious people around the world, I use the internet to express my thoughts. Especially in a country where the vast majority believe in one religion, and do not like to hear any criticisms, the internet provides a relatively safe way of speaking freely. Or so I thought.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 December 2012 at 12:44 pm

In 21st century Islam it is not acceptable to blame evil spirits for torture and murder, Notebook

In 21st century Islam it is not acceptable to blame evil spirits for torture and murder

What is really disturbing for me is the matter-of-fact way some peope can talk about magic spells as if they are the most natural thing in the world, like talking about a walk in the park

By | Notebook | Friday, 31 August 2012 at 4:30 am

Citizen Khan is not just outdated, but lazy and offensive, Arts

Citizen Khan is not just outdated, but lazy and offensive

Is Citizen Khan offensive? Yes, and not because of its treatment of religion but because it patronises its audience by flogging dead jokes and dumb stereotypes.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 5:43 pm

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive, Notebook

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive

Student: “Those blowing themselves up and committing atrocities are using religion as an excuse for what they are doing.”
Me: “But you can find justification for all sorts of atrocities against non-believers, apostates and others in the Holy texts.”
Student: “How dare you say that! That is deeply offensive. Lots of us have faith and don’t go around doing the things you say that religious people do.”

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 12:29 pm

Teaching creationism: Indoctrination is a form of child abuse, Notebook

Teaching creationism: Indoctrination is a form of child abuse

Anyone who tells children that God – literally – created the world in seven days 6,000 years ago is guilty of perverting education.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 20 July 2012 at 2:00 am

The crucial role of religious leaders in the HIV response, Health

The crucial role of religious leaders in the HIV response

The key idea of INERELA was to tap into the unique role and authority that religious leaders play in providing moral and ethical guidance within communities, using that to contribute in a productive way to the HIV response; their public opinions can influence entire nations.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 1:00 am

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