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And our Imbecile of the Week is …

And our Imbecile of the Week is …

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who decreed that women should not laugh in public … a statement that set of howls of derision! In a speech this week about “moral corruption” in Turkey, the numpty said: Chastity is so important. She will not laugh in public. Mr Bull in a Ring’s kaka prompted an […]

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Faith Wars

Faith Wars

How holiness drives the Israeli-Arab conflict Jerusalem is an overwhelming city. In the tradition of absurdist thought, nothing is truly meaningful, and any meaning has to be somewhat arbitrarily imposed onto the world. Jerusalem poses a significant empirical challenge to this notion: every stone of every street bursts with historical significance. It is overwhelming for […]

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‘O, thou great abortionist’

‘O, thou great abortionist’

BARBARA Smoker concluded her presidential address at the annual general meeting of the National Secular Society, in London on Sunday 30 June, 1974, by reciting a prayer for use by campaigners against the 1967 Abortion Act. Ms Smoker, a former Roman Catholic and ex-member of the Legion of Mary, said: Nobody, of course, likes abortion. […]