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The New Zealand Response to the Orlando Mass Shooting

New Zealand’s prime minister John Key phoned his golfing buddy President Obama to offer our country’s condolences following the murders in Orlando, which were apparently warmly received. This afternoon, in their first day back since the tragedy, spokespeople from all seven political parties in New Zealand’s parliament spoke about the tragedy on the official record. John Key (National... read more

Auē a Tau Kē – 2015 Update: Bangladesh, Serco, Kim Davis, Rosa Rubicondior

The Murder of Atheist Bloggers in Bangladesh On 14 May 2015 I posted Bangladesh: Another Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death. This post was mainly about the murder two days earlier of Ananta Bijoy Das, the fourth atheist blogger hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh and the (then) third this year. The response of many in Bangladesh has been to blame atheists for their own murders. If the atheists would... read more

Saints and Sinners: 26 July 2015 – Sam Lotu-Iiga and Mexico

This is a new weekly feature I’m introducing – I’m hoping that I’ll keep it up and it’ll mean I’m posting something at least once a week. I’ve been pretty slack lately – just this week I’ve written half of three articles, but none got to a publishable standard. None are too time-sensitive, so hopefully I’ll get them finished and posted next week.... read more

Fluoride for Taumarunui’s Water Please

I discovered just a few weeks ago that in 2011, after a presentation from some anti-fluoride activists, my local council stopped putting fluoride in our water. Their presentation went unchallenged, but was supported by one councillor, and by the end of the meeting these idiots had managed to put a stop to community water fluoridation in Taumarunui. I knew nothing about this until I happened to notice an... read more

New Zealand’s Blasphemy Law Must be Abolished

According to Wikipedia: Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God, to religious or holy persons or things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Blasphemy laws, therefore, are designed to protect religion (usually the dominant religion of a country) from criticism. They make the ideas of religion different from other ideas, placing them above other... read more

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