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Iran hangs ‘heretic’

Iran hangs ‘heretic’

Mohsen Amir-Aslani, arrested nine years ago, was found guilty of ‘heresy’ and insulting the prophet Jonah. Amir-Aslani was arrested for allegedly providing his own interpretations of the Koran, according to his family, and he was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth” by, among other things, suggesting that […]

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Born secondary

Born secondary

One of the duties of a vocal atheist is to try to keep up with the doings of the fundamentalist movement. That’s why I read things like a blog post titled “2 Reasons Why My Daughter Will Not Go to College” by a self-described pastor-teacher called Karl Heitman. Heitman writes at a group-blog of nine […]

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Superstitions Ancient and Modern

Superstitions Ancient and Modern

I was surprised to read in a recent issue of the Freethinker that its founder pledged to ‘wage war against Superstition in general’. I had assumed that it was only concerned with the “Christian Superstition” and its contents had not led me to think otherwise. Recently I gave a talk with the above title and […]