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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“Don’t Talk To The Police”

This is a great video on the 5th Amendment and on the various reasons people should always invoke its privileges.  Quite eye-opening on both police procedures and our rights. At 48 minutes it sounds long, but I couldn’t turn it off start to finish. [Read more...]

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Indian Beauty Queen Vocal Advocate For Gay Rights

Times of India blogger Celina Jaitley was both Miss India and a runner-up for Miss Universe in 2001.  She’s quite beautiful and so you should go to Box Turtle Bulletin to see her for yourself (they deserve the traffic, so go!) Via the BTB: “I became a part of the world of glamour at the [Read More...]

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My Space Hoax Conviction Thrown Out

This is the case of the mother who impersonated an adolescent boy on MySpace in order to hurt a girl who was a rival of her daughter by leading her on and then rejecting her.  They succesfully prosecuted her on the grounds that she violated MySpace’s terms of service.   But the judge’s reasoning in [Read More...]

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Gay Rights and Persecution Around the World

Johann Hari celebrates the remarkable progress for gay rights, achieved through peaceful democratic pressure around the world in the 40 years since Stonewall.  But then he highlights some of the places where being gay means being murdered: Jamaica is Taliban Afghanistan for gay people. If caught, gays and lesbians face ten years’ hard labour – [Read More...]

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A Muslim Woman Against the Burqa

From Feministing, worth reading in full: But then the argument goes: surely for the women who choose to wear the burqa, the garment is a choice not a tool for suppression. This argument obscures the fact that there is a pervasive, sexist propaganda in many Muslim communities in favor of the burqa. Many women are [Read More...]

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Free Speech is Sacred

Old news from when I was not blogging that I want to make sure I have a post which is a resource on this topic. Lou Dobbs and Christopher Hitchens with invaluable report on UN Resolution And for more about the issue of the Orwellian UN resolution against “defamation of religion,” these two articles by [Read More...]

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Daily Hilarity: “Possession”

Legal blogger Eugene Volokh writes the following about the attempt to rid a teenage boy of a “homosexual demon” “Come on You Homosexual Demon”: That’s a line from an apparent “gay exorcism,” according to ABC News. The article saus that “Robin McHaelen, executive director of the Manchester-Conn., True Colors,” “a nonprofit group for gay and [Read More...]

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To Ban Or Not To Ban

A youtube point-counterpoint on this topic (on which I am still interested in your thoughts). Pro-ban: Anti-ban: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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