Finally, a Teacher is Fired for Bullying Student Over Pledge of Allegiance

Since the American Humanist Association began asking students to come forward if they are not allowed to refuse to say the pledge of allegiance in public schools, we've seen many such cases around the country. Finally, one bullying teacher has been fired over it. … [Read more...]

Beck and Tomi Lahren, Round Two

As reported yesterday, Glenn Beck's The Blaze has suspended ignorant racist demagogue Tomi Lahren after she came out as pro-choice on abortion. But last year, when a petition was created demanding that she be fired for comparing Black Lives Matter to the KKK, Beck self-righteously declared that he would never, ever censor her. … [Read more...]

Pakistani Writer Says Military Tortured Them

Remember those five Pakistani writers and activists who mysteriously disappeared a few months ago? They've all since been released and one of them is finally speaking out, saying that they were kidnapped and tortured by factions of the nation's military. … [Read more...]

Pakistani Judge: Blasphemy is Terrorism

A high-ranking judge in Pakistan, hearing a case involving someone uploading "blasphemous" material to social media networks, has declared that publishing or uploading such material is the same thing as terrorism. Because ideas are just like bombs, dontchaknow. … [Read more...]

Trump-loving Actor Wants Him Treated Like an Emperor

One of the handful of virtually anonymous "celebrities" who have endorsed Donald Trump is Robert Davi, a guy known for playing bit roles in mafia movies and TV series. And he thinks Trump should be treated like a Roman emperor and protected from the press. … [Read more...]

Gorka Threatens White House Lawyer on Critic

Sebastian Gorka, one of the many totally unqualified White House officials hired by Trump, is a bit upset that actual national security experts keep pointing out that he's considered a joke among them. And like his boss, he's threatening to sic the lawyers on him. … [Read more...]

Denmark Charges Man Under Blasphemy Law

I got this email from CFI and had to look at the calendar and make sure it was 2017, not 1817. Denmark, of all countries, has charged a man under a still-existing (why? For crying out loud, why?) blasphemy law for burning a copy of the Quran. … [Read more...]

Denver Police Need Some Remedial Work on the First Amendment

Like many other major cities, Denver's airport is the scene of protests against Trump's bigoted, vastly overreaching immigration order. And a police commander there seems to be having a hard time figuring out what the First Amendment actually means. … [Read more...]

Secular Writers, Critics Disappear in Pakistan

In a very disturbing development, four secular writers who have been staunch critics of the government, have disappeared in Pakistan over the last week. The only question is whether those responsible are militant Muslims or the government (but I repeat myself). … [Read more...]

How Homophobic is Jeff Sessions? This Homophobic

As journalists start digging into Sen. Jeff Sessions' past actions and statements ahead of his confirmation hearing to be attorney general, we're finding out just how much of a bigot he is in pretty much every way. This tells you just how anti-gay he is: … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Burn the Constitution

Of all the forms of political pandering, the most irritating to me is when politicians start going on about flag burning. And I'm certainly not the least bit surprised to see Donald Trump say that anyone who does that should either lose their citizenship or spend a year in jail. … [Read more...]

Understanding the Dynamics of Mass Protests

As the protests against the election of Donald Trump as president continue into this week, conservatives are using isolated instances of vandalism and violence to discredit them, just as liberals do with conservative protests. As someone who has covered and attended lots of protests, I think it's important to understand their dynamics. … [Read more...]