Religious Extremists Appeased Again

Disgraceful: Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain [Read More...]

Don’t Tase Them, Bro

Pam’s House Blend makes the case that tasers are being used excessively.  Her most disturbing (but, sadly least surprising) revelation is that blacks are getting disproportionately tased: The abuse of this device is disproportionately deployed against minorities (surprised, no?). In Houston, an audit found incredible statistics: Black officers are less likely to use Tasers, but [Read More...]

Des Moines Pulls Bus Ads

Via Friendly Atheist, this is perhaps the most inoffensive atheist bus ad one could possibly come up with, and yet it’s been pulled: Members of Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers are being asked to help out: We would like our members to please contact DART either via telephone or email. They can be reached at 515-283-8111 [Read More...]

Why Do Torture And Increased Police Authority Increasingly Appeal To Americans?

The Economist has a chart on views on torture which reports a disquietingly high amount of tolerance among Americans for the practice: OPINIONS on whether the use of torture should be prohibited appear to vary widely around the world. According to opinion polls conducted early in 2008 respondents in western European democracies such as Britain [Read More...]

British Quakers To Request Government To Allow Gay Marriages

From the BBC: The Quakers – also known as The Religious Society of Friends – are likely to reach consensus on the issue of gay marriage without a vote at their annual gathering in York on Friday. They will also formally ask the government to change the law to allow gay people to marry. Quaker [Read More...]

The First “‘Nuff Said” Award

I love posters who disagree with me and through doing so open up whole new questions and angles to pursue, so everybody please keep your thoughtful and insightful challenges and contrasting opinions rolling in in the comments section. But every now and then there’s a different delight reading your comments and that’s the one that [Read More...]

Pat Condell Excoriates The Left For Not Standing Up To Islamism

There is a lot to chew on in this latest rant from Pat Condell on the need for the tolerant to be more intolerant of intolerant religions than they are intolerant of denouncers of intolerant religions.  While Condell’s  attack on multiculturalism is too broad and at times his rhetoric is cringe-inducingly counter-productive, I do share [Read More...]

On Attempts To Ban Controversial Scholars From Entering The US

From the ACLU’s blog of rights: In a victory for free speech and academic discourse, last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision upholding the government’s exclusion of Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan from the United States. Professor Ramadan, a leading scholar of the Muslim world, was offered a tenured professorship at [Read More...]

Ireland Outlaws Blasphemous Libel

From ScienceBlogs’ Ed Brayton. The law states, in part: 36. Publication or utterance of blasphemous matter. (1) A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000. [Amended to €25,000] (2) For the purposes of this section, [Read More...]


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