Two Pakistani Men Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’

I continue to be absolutely appalled by the fascist and barbaric use of blasphemy laws to not just punish but murder people who say things the religious authorities in many countries don't like. In Pakistan, two men have been sentenced to death for claiming they saw God. … [Read more...]

How Blasphemy Laws Silence Journalists

Brian Pellot has an article at Religion News about a new report released by Reporters Without Borders on the use of blasphemy laws around the world to silence and intimidate journalists. You can read that full report here. Pellot sums up the conclusions: … [Read more...]

Can Camille Paglia Just Shut Up Now?

There was a time in my much younger days when I found Camille Paglia interesting, but the feeling has long since been buried by a thousand furled brows and mutterings of "WTF is she talking about?" Her appearance on Laura Ingraham's radio show to talk about this Duck Dynasty crap is a perfect example. First, she declares herself the definitive voice on this: … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment

Actually, he does. Ted Cruz is, by all accounts, a brilliant attorney who has been called by liberal law profs at Harvard Law one of the best con law students they ever had. So he must know that when he claims that the bigot from Duck Dynasty is having his free speech and religious liberty rights violated, he's just lying for political gain. … [Read more...]

NY State Senator Compares Atheists to Nazis

I'm not a big fan of the billboards that American Atheists have up in Times Square. I think they're needlessly aggressive and serve no good purpose. But NY State Sen. Andrew Lanza thinks they're exactly the kind of thing that led to the Holocaust. I wish I were making this up. … [Read more...]

The FFRF Sign and ‘Hate Speech’

The Worldnetdaily has its typically bizarre headline on this article: Blue state has moxy to mock God. But the article is about the sign put up by the FFRF in Springfield, Illinois. So it has nothing to do with a state. And the sign doesn't "mock God." To be fair, while the subject and predicate are both wrong, the words "has" and "to" do appear to be used accurately. The rest of the article is mostly nonsense. The sign in question says: … [Read more...]

Reconstructionist Speaks in Public School

Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka actually spoke to students at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida recently. That's outrageous, but it's entirely legal because he was invited by the American Club, an official student group, rather than by the administration (and it wasn't a school assembly, it was just to that group). … [Read more...]

Yes, We Have a Right to Offend Muslims. And Everyone Else.

The Muslim Times has a ridiculous article entitled "Do atheists have the right to offend Muslims?" That may be the easiest question in the world, next to "Would you like some more pork?" And that question may offend Muslims too, but I couldn't care any less. … [Read more...]

The Blasphemy Laws of American History

Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor from NYU, has a brief rundown of blasphemy laws in America's past, including at the time of the founding in many of the colonies. He highlights Massachusetts and Maryland, as I have in my past writings as well. … [Read more...]

Wingnut Writer Doesn’t Understand First Amendment

Michael Brown, a writer for Charisma News, is upset that there are Facebook groups that he finds offensive who are "liking" his posts on Facebook and he wonders why Facebook is not closing down those groups. More bizarrely, he wonders how it could possibly be legal: … [Read more...]

Teacher Suspended for Forcing Kid to Say Pledge of Allegiance

A teacher in Florida, apparently completely unaware of the existence of the First Amendment and a Supreme Court ruling that goes back a full seven decades, has been suspended for five days after forcing a child to say the pledge of allegiance and insulting them with jingoism in the process. … [Read more...]

Ireland May Take Giant Step Sideways on Blasphemy

There's good news and bad news. The good news is that a constitutional convention in Ireland is recommending that the nation's blasphemy laws be repealed; the bad news is that they want to replace them with a law prohibiting the "incitement of religious hatred." … [Read more...]