Pat Boone Wants Blasphemy Outlawed

Pat Boone channeled his inner Muslim extremist in an interview with Alan Colmes last week, demanding that the government outlaw blasphemy like the Saturday Night Live parody of God's Not Dead. And he bizarrely thinks that almost the entire country agrees with him. … [Read more...]

Merkel is Quite Confused Over Free Speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems very confused about having authorized an investigation and possible charges against a comedian for making fun of Turkish President Erdogan. She says it was a mistake to call the act deliberately insulting, but still thinks she was right to authorize the criminal charges. … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Senators Ask Obama to Address Raif Badawi With Saudi Arabia

President Obama just took a trip to Saudi Arabia and a bipartisan group of senators has called on him to raise the case of atheist writer and human rights activist Raif Badawi with the Saudi King while he's there. It's doubtful that he would actually have done so, however. … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Hemant flags this story that I'd somehow missed about a high school student in Louisiana who refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, a right that has been guaranteed for nearly 75 years by the Supreme Court, and the appalling response of the teacher and the entire administration. From a letter the AHA sent to the school: … [Read more...]

Philosophy Prof in Kuwait Faces Blasphemy Charges

A philosophy professor at a Kuwaiti university is being investigated for blasphemy after saying in a television interview that the Kuwaiti constitution should take precedence over the Quran and Islamic law. That's all it takes to get thrown in prison, or worse, in Kuwait and many other countries. … [Read more...]

U.S. May Grant Asylum to Bangladeshi Bloggers

In the wake of the 6th murder of a Bangladeshi atheist blogger, a State Department spokesman says that they are considering granting a sort of modified asylum called "humanitarian parole" to others there whose lives are in imminent danger. That is a huge development that I hope comes to be. … [Read more...]

Roger Stone’s Asparagus Problem

A while back, Louis Gohmert famously accused then-Attorney General Eric Holder of "casting aspersions on my asparagus" during a congressional hearing. It seems to be catching on. Donald Trump's buddy Roger Stone says those who claim he's fomenting violence by promising "days of rage" at the Republican National Convention are "casting false asparagus." … [Read more...]

German Comedian Investigated Under Secular Blasphemy Law

A prosecutor in Germany has launched an investigation under what I call a secular blasphemy law, a law that forbids people from offending foreign heads of state. The comedian is accused of having offended Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an insulting poem. In Germany. … [Read more...]

Trump Requires Volunteers to Never Criticize Him

While Donald Trump insults pretty much everyone on the planet who isn't supporting him, he's apparently so thin-skinned that he requires volunteers to his campaign to sign an agreement that forbids them from ever criticizing him, his family, and his businesses, forever. … [Read more...]

Trump Blames Sanders for Chicago Rally Shutdown

As you all know by now, I'm sure, a Donald Trump campaign rally in Chicago was canceled the other day after thousands of protesters showed up. It's still not clear exactly who started what, but Trump lied and said that the police told him to cancel it. The police say things got out of hand after Trump decided to cancel it. And now Trump is blaming Bernie Sanders. … [Read more...]

Russian Man Faces Prison for Denying Existence of God

Sometimes it can be easy to presume that the problem of blasphemy laws only exists in Muslim countries, but that is not the case. A man in Russia is now on trial for "offending believers' feelings" for saying that there is no God during an argument on social media. He faces a year in prison if convicted. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Gut Libel Laws

Donald Trump, who loves to file frivolous lawsuits so he can intimidate his critics, is now pledging to "open up" our libel laws so he can do more of that. And as usual, he thinks if he becomes president he'll have power that he won't have, including the authority to unilaterally overturn Supreme Court decisions. … [Read more...]


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