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Missionaries of Hate

- - Top Documentary Films - 22 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike for the link Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to...

TAGGED: HARM, HATE, IRRATIONALITY

Analysis: Why it’s irrational to risk women’s lives for the sake of the unborn

Peter Singer - The Scotsman - 19 August 2012 Comments

Abortion is a much-discussed issue in developed countries, but not so in countries like the Dominican Republic IN THE Dominican Republic last month, a pregnant teenager suffering from leukaemia...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE, POLITICS

Witchcraft-based child abuse: Action plan launched

- - BBC News - 15 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Ken Thomson and Tony Andrews for submitting the link The government has launched an action plan to tackle child abuse linked to witchcraft or religion in England. ...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn

John Bingham - The Telegraph - 14 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Parents who trust in divine intervention, even after doctors say there is no hope of survival, are putting their children through aggressive but...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

British website ordered to remove MMR-autism claims

Staff - CTV News - 09 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link A British website claiming to offer parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove wording that suggests the MMR vaccine is linked to some...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk by going to school

Allie Torgan - CNN - 06 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Godzacon for the link Terrorists will stop at nothing to keep Afghan girls from receiving an education. "People are crazy," said Razia Jan, founder of a girls' school...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, HARM

Update - NewStatesman article - Pakistani parents jailed for 'honour killing' of daughter

AFP - Yahoo News - 04 August 2012 Comments

Update 8/4 am - a good article in NewStatesman on this NewStatesman Sunny Hundal The left cannot remain silent over "honour killings" We have become complicit in this epidemic of abuse and...

TAGGED: HARM, ISLAM

Washington pertussis outbreak is very, very bad

Phil Plait - Bad Astronomy - 02 August 2012 Comments

This is one of the scariest graphs I’ve seen in a long time. This plot, from the CDC, shows probable and confirmed cases of pertussis – whooping cough – in the state of Washington from 2011...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

The racism of the respectable

Nick Cohen - The Spectator - 26 July 2012 Comments

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party. You can wear well-made shirts, open at the neck, appreciate fine wines and vote Left at election...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, HARM, RELIGION

Religious sect destroys schools in Mexican town

EFE - Fox News Latino - 26 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Alvaro Zapata for the link Two schools were destroyed in the western Mexican town of Turicato by a radical religious sect that threatens to "destroy coexistence," Mayor Salvador...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Protest for Indonesian Man Jailed for Atheism This Friday in New York City

Press Release - Center for Inquiry - 03 July 2012 Comments

“Being an atheist should not be a crime,” declares International Secular Organization Indonesia’s unjust imprisoning of atheist Alexander Aan will be protested by an international secular...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, ATHEISM, HARM

German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault

AFP - - - 26 June 2012 Comments

Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, HARM

Saudi man executed for 'witchcraft and sorcery'

- - BBC News - 19 June 2012 Comments

A Saudi man has been beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft, the state news agency SPA says. The man, Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, was found in possession of books and talismans, SPA...

TAGGED: HARM, IRRATIONALITY

Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One

Steven Salzberg - Forbes - 03 June 2012 53 Comments

If you’re reading this from anywhere but Chicago, you just missed the Autism One conference, which ends today. This conference, run by Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue, purports to tell parents...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Atheism and Human Rights Abuses in Africa

Leo Igwe - IEET - 31 May 2012 26 Comments

Today around the globe too many atrocities are being committed with impunity in the name of god, allah and other constructs, which have over the ages, been identified or associated with the so...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HARM, HUMAN RIGHTS

Jury gives "faith healing" mother prison time in son's death

Bill Braun - NewsOK - 30 May 2012 45 Comments

A Tulsa County jury imposed a 2½-year prison sentence Friday night after convicting a woman of second-degree manslaughter in the diabetes-related death of her ailing son, whose treatment she...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, HARM, RELIGION

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

Masoud Popalzai - CNN - 29 May 2012 31 Comments

A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 girls Tuesday after they were poisoned in their classrooms with a type of spray, a Takhar police official said. The incident, the second in a...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, HARM

Religion, Witch Hunts, Homophobia and Human Rights in Africa

Leo Igwe - IEET - 27 May 2012 14 Comments

Religious laws are legalized religious doctrines. They are “revelations” turned into rules to govern society. Religious laws are sacred dogma institutionalized. They are sins criminalized. They are...

TAGGED: HARM, HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Cardinal Brady will not resign over 'abuse failure'

-- - BBC News - 02 May 2012 326 Comments

The Catholic primate of all-Ireland has said that he will not resign as Church leader despite revelations in the BBC's This World programme. It found Cardinal Sean Brady had names and addresses...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, HARM, RELIGION

Sri Lankan held for "witchcraft" in Saudi Arabia

Asma Alsharif - Reuters - 19 April 2012 35 Comments

A Sri Lankan woman has been arrested on suspicion of casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl during a Saudi family's shopping trip, a police spokesman said on Wednesday, and may face death in a...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION