NYPD Blue Moons The FCC With Court Approval

A good day for freedom of speech as the censorious FCC loses its case trying to levy a fine for a naked butt on NYPD Blue: NEW YORK – The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman’s nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of “NYPD Blue,” a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing [Read More...]

Pakistani Governor Murdered For Opposing Blasphemy Laws

Enraging news: Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province was assassinated by his own security guard Tuesday, according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, apparently because he spoke out against the country’s controversial blasphemy law. The security guard was arrested, Malik said. The shooting occurred at Islamabad’s Kohsar Market, which is frequented by [Read More...]

David Hyde Pierce On His Marriage And Prop 8

This is a little old and comes from before the landmark Prop 8 ruling of this summer, but it is still poignant: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Federal Judge Orders Halt To “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

CNN reports: A federal judge ordered Tuesday that the U.S. military stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced” under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Thank Republicans. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

True Religion?

Many a religious person defending her own religious beliefs will argue that a given politically, morally, or intellectually unflattering interpretation of her faith is simply not a true representation of her faith.  While the question of who has the right or the adequate means to decisively determine with any rational clarity which competing interpretation of any [Read More...]

David Boies Discusses The Prop 8 Overruling

Here is one of the two lawyers behind the successful constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 giving a half hour lecture and then answering questions for more than a half hour. Thanks to Alan for the find. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Rape By Deception

ProfMTH explores legal definitions that define sex acquired through fraud as rape: I have argued before, formally speaking, deception is a kind of force. Laws which treat procurement of sex through fraud as a form of rape seem to stem from similar considerations of the relationship between at least certain forms of deliberate deceit and [Read More...]

ProfMTH Pwns William Lane Craig Over Ignorant Demand For “Strict Constructionism”

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France To Ban Burqa-Like Veils

EuroNews.net writes: A law banning the wearing of a full Islamic veil in public in France has been adopted by the lower house of parliament. The ruling UMP and the New Centre party voted for the ban on the burqa or niqab while the Socialists, Communists and Greens abstained. The law goes to the upper house in [Read More...]


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