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...]

Bangladesh Still Censoring Atheist Books and Authors

In Bangladesh, if you express your atheism you have two problems. On the one hand, the government may arrest you and put you in prison; on the other hand, Islamic fascists may hack you to pieces, as they have at least five times already and are threatening more. Those two things are not unrelated. The latest from the government side: … [Read more...]

Egypt Arrests Satirist for Operating Website Without a License

Here's a rather creepy bit of totalitarianism. The Egyptian government has arrested a cartoonist and political satirist who has made fun of the government. This is not unusual in Egypt, which has arrested a great many critics. Their excuse this time? He was operating a website without a license. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia to Murder Another Apostate

The fascist kingdom of Saudi Arabia is going to put to death -- murder, let's call it what it is -- yet another person for the mere act of leaving Islam. Apostasy is a capital crime in that totalitarian country and the poet Ashraf Fayadh is the latest to be given the death penalty for publishing “something that harms public order, religious values, public morals." … [Read more...]