Human Rights Activist Killed in Pakistan

A human rights activist and attorney who defends those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was killed by two gunmen in the city of Multan. Rashid Rehman Khan was one of the most prominent human rights activists in the country and his murder reveals just how horrible the situation is there. … [Read more...]

Fischer Wants to Ban Profanity

Bryan Fischer's man-crush on Vladimir Putin includes not only support for his anti-gay brutality but for a new law in Russia that bans profanity “at arts, cultural and entertainment events.” Fischer says we can and should do that here and the First Amendment won't be violated in the least. … [Read more...]

Badawi’s Oppressive Punishment Gets Worse

Raif Badawi, the atheist imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy, has had his sentence made even worse than it already was. This comes only a few days after the Center for Inquiry held a protest at the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC. … [Read more...]

Conservative Justices Far More Biased on Free Speech

There's a fascinating new study by Lee Epstein of the USC Law School that looks at how justices voted on free speech cases from 1953 to 2010. It shows that all justices are more likely to uphold the legality of speech that agrees with them ideologically, the conservatives on the court are far more likely than the liberals to do so. Here's a chart showing how the most recent long-serving justices voted in such cases: … [Read more...]

Fake ‘Ex-Terrorist’ Loses Copyright Case

Ergun Caner, a fake "ex-terrorist" who was fired from Liberty University when his harrowing tale of his evil past was thoroughly debunked, has lost a copyright lawsuit he filed against another Christian who used video of him speaking in a Youtube clip criticizing him. Fair use FTW. … [Read more...]

How to Handle a Bigoted College Speaker

Unhinged bigot Peter LaBarbera recently spoke at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a group of pro-equality students there gave a textbook example of how you deal with such a speaker without violating their free speech rights or the right of other students to hear him speak. Kate Geiselman, one of the students who led the effort, tells the story: … [Read more...]

The Peter Makes Himself a Martyr

Anti-gay bigot extraordinaire Peter LaBarbera is making a bid for martyrdom, getting himself arrested at the University of Regina in Canada for handing out anti-gay literature. He had previously been briefly detained while crossing the border, but was allowed to enter to give a lecture. … [Read more...]

Klayman Sues Blogger for Quoting Court Ruling

Remember that court ruling in Larry Klayman's divorce/custody case that suggested that he may have touched his children inappropriately? He's now suing cartoonist Ken Avidor for quoting that court ruling, something I have done as well. It was filed a year ago and dismissed but now Klayman has refiled it. … [Read more...]

Russia Arresting Protesters for Not Carrying Signs

Let's check in with how Bryan Fischer's Lion of Christianity is doing in creating what Scott Lively calls a "model pro-family society" is doing on that freedom thing. Turns out, not so well. They're now arresting people for not holding up protest signs. … [Read more...]

More Bloggers Arrested in Bangladesh

With four atheist bloggers already facing criminal charges for blasphemy, two more teenage bloggers were attacked by a Muslim mob and then arrested for posting "derogatory comments against Islam and Prophet Mohammad." Some of their fellow bloggers say this is all trumped and all they did was protest death threats against others by Muslim extremists: … [Read more...]

Marines Throw Fit About a Piece of Cloth

Here's a Youtube video of two Marines chasing down a scooter and throwing a temper tantrum because the guy on the scooter was holding a flag upside down during a protest of police brutality in New Mexico. The guys with the flag are lucky they dropped it because there would almost certainly have been violence involved if they hadn't. Because remember, a piece of colored cloth matters far more than the constitution they swore to uphold and they're more than happy to be angry thugs in its defense. … [Read more...]

Ingersoll and American Blasphemy Laws

Hal Gordon informs me of something I did not know, that Robert Ingersoll once defended a man in a blasphemy case. He lost that case but he ended up being largely responsible for the end of blasphemy prosecutions anyway through his gift for good humor and subtle ridicule. … [Read more...]