LGBT Teens Often Kicked Out Of Homes, End Up In Detention, And Are Abused

Heartbreaking stuff. “LGBT youth are more likely to be arrested than straight youth because they’re more likely to be pushed out of their homes.” Once arrested, LGBT inmates often are subjected to unnecessary pretrial detention, verbal and physical abuse from peers and guards, lockdown, attempts at religious antigay conversion, and in some cases, even orchestrated [Read More...]

Should Government Promote “Faith-Based Interventions” In Prisons And Probation?

Naomi Phillips, the British Humanist Association’s Head of Public Affairs, argues “no”: The Labour government’s policy was actively to promote “faith-based interventions” in prisons and probation. This was not just to supplement state-provided secular services, but amounted to a policy of commissioning religious organisations to provide those services within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). This [Read More...]

Obama Backs Off Proposal For Creating Lawful Procedures For Preventive Detention

During his May speech on civil liberties at the National Archives in May Obama argued for the idea of creating a legal mechanism for indefinitely detaining people without charges.  He said at the time: I know that creating such a system poses unique challenges. . . . But I want to be very clear that our goal [Read More...]

Influential Iranian Imam Supports Interrogations Using Rape

The following quotes from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, with whom Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to “regularly consult,”  are graphic, sickening, and devastating to anyone with a conscience.  Read at your own discretion: Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi [Read More...]


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