Johann Hari on the Religious Assault on Free Speech

Johann Hari refers to this classic article he wrote in 2009 on religious attacks on free speech. He also refers to the unfortunate scandal involving his own writings from last year. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Bill Maher on Rush Limbaugh, Freedom of Speech, and Misogyny

Last week the right wing spent a lot of time claiming that there was a double standard according to which conservatives like Rush Limbaugh who say offensive things get excoriated in the media, whereas liberals like Bill Maher get a free pass. Maher himself also tweeted that people should drop the pressure to get Limbaugh [Read More...]

Thunderf00t: YouTube Has Started Banning Religiously Offensive Videos

Spread it before it gets removed by YouTube. YouTube needs to learn that not everyone has a moral right to be offended by just anything and make their policies accordingly. H/T: Al Stefanelli Your Thoughts? ___________________ In the comments, TomeWyrm offers helpful advice: If you’d like to download it, you can use the bookmarklet and [Read More...]

Virginia's Aggressively Theocratic Governor

Have you gotten up to speed yet on Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s theocratic governor who is being touted as a serious contender to be the GOP Vice Presidential nominee? If not, Rachel Maddow’s report is eye opening, troubling, and must-see: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

No, Not Everyone Has A Moral Right To Feel Offended By Just Any Satire or Criticism

4 Misconceptions About the Nature of Offense Here are four common sense assumptions about giving and taking offense that I think are fundamentally mistaken and which atheists need to argue against: “You have every right to be offended, but you don’t have the right to censor others just because you’re offended.” “You cannot blame people [Read More...]

Religious Privilege and Grievance-Based Catholic Identity Politics on Full Display

In a column last week, Melinda Henneberger criticized the Obama administration’s refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from requirements it provide for its employees health insurance which would cover birth control at organizations it runs which have secular functions. The column is an extraordinary exemplification of religious entitlement, identity politics, and anti-secular, anti-democratic demands for [Read More...]

"What Are The Limits of Church Authority In the Public Sphere?"

This is part 2 of a debate with Roman Catholic theology graduate student named Mary. In part 1, we introduced and began to debate the topic of whether or not universities, hospitals, and social agencies run by the Catholic Church should be exempted from laws requiring employers to provide their employees health insurance that covers [Read More...]

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10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Bans on Shari'a Law

Andrew Cohen highlights and explains key sections of a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which you can read in full here) that considers attempts to outlaw all  use of international law in legal judgments in the United States and which places special emphasis on outlawing considerations of Shari’a law as any [Read More...]


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