The Saudi religious police have reportedly vowed to strictly enforce a ban on the sale of pet cats and dogs in Riyadh and walking animals in public.
A senior official said it was to stop a rising trend of people trying to evade strict rules on sex segregation.
Last week, Mr Justice Silber ruled that Aberdare Girls’ School in South Wales had been guilty of racial discrimination when it excluded Sarika Watkins-Singh for insisting on wearing a religious bracelet. It was a trivial case, which made you wonder about the dogmatism of both sides and the quality of their lawyers.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain presents its first international conference: Political Islam, Sharia Law, And Civil Society
Friday 10 October 2008 – International day against the Death Penalty – 10am-6pm (Registration begins at 9am)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL (Closest station: Holborn)
All through Sunday night Anglican bishops were leaving their student rooms on the campus of the University of Kent and getting into mini-buses and taxis for the airport, and journeys to most of the 160 countries they represent.
From Rosie Millard in The Times…
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain was one year old on June 21.
For many, this will come as a surprise given the organisation’s importance and the scope of its activities so far. In the short time since the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain was launched in June 2007, it has achieved much with volunteers alone.
Responding to the Ministry of Justice White Paper, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has urged the Government to ensure that there will be no reserved places for Bishops in a reformed House of Lords.
It looked increasingly unlikely yesterday that cinema audiences will get to see the planned film sequels in Philip Pullman’s children’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials.
Sources in the film industry said that plans for a sequel to The Golden Compass appeared to have been put on ice following the fervent Christian protests surrounding the first film, which led to boycotts and box office disappointment in the United States.
From P Z Myers’ blog:
There are days when it is agony to read the news, because people are so goddamned stupid. Petty and stupid. Hateful and stupid. Just plain stupid. And nothing makes them stupider than religion.