Saudi Arabia, Guardian of Human Rights

Okay, let me warn you: Do not drink anything while reading this or you may well ruin your computer, phone or tablet. I don't believe it is possible to do anything but a classic slapstick movie spittake while reading the Saudi ambassador to the United Nations say things like this: … [Read more...]

Help Those Falsely Accused of Witchcraft

As my readers must know by now, the Humanist Service Corps is working in Ghana in Northern Africa at a "witch camp," essentially a refugee camp for those accused of being witches and exiled from their homes and communities. They're doing some amazing and important work there, but they need to raise funds to complete that work. … [Read more...]

DOJ Official Thinks Three Year Olds Can Be Immigration Lawyers

In one of the most unbelievably asinine things I've ever heard anyone say, the man who trains immigration judges for the Department of Justice said in a deposition that a three or four year old child can represent themselves in court during immigration and amnesty proceedings. … [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...]

Report: ICE Lets Detainees Die from Lack of Medical Care

An explosive new report from several human rights groups documents appalling medical neglect going on at detention centers run by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In particular, it cites multiple cases where people died from not receiving prompt and proper medical care for serious health problems. … [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...]

Worldnetdaily Goes All Worldnetdaily on Immigration

The Worldnetdaily has never quite so...Worldnetdailyish...than in this article about a decision by the Obama administration to make those who are fleeing violence in several countries in Latin America eligible to apply for refugee status before leaving their home countries, thus avoiding the huge problem of rape and extortion by smugglers in Mexico helping them get to the U.S. currently. Slanted language, deceptive framing, outright falsehoods. It's all there. … [Read more...]

Guilfoyle: Just Kill the Remaining Gitmo Detainees

Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of the more braindead of the Fox News hosts (and imagine the competition for that designation), is upset that President Obama is still trying to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and she has a solution: Just kill all of the remaining detainees and shut it down. Because they're not entitled to human rights or anything anyway. … [Read more...]

Islamists Murder Publishers of Atheist Books and Magazines

The barbaric Islamists in Bangladesh has now moved on from killing atheist bloggers and writers to killing those who publish their work. They attacked two publishing houses in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, killing one and injuring several others with machetes. The International Humanist and Ethical Union reports that the attacks were coordinated and carried out by people pretending to be customers. … [Read more...]

The Changing Excuses for Bombing Afghan Hospital

The American military bombed a hospital in Afghanistan run by Doctors Without Borders the other day, killing nine doctors and injuring and killing many patients as well. Glenn Greenwald documents the ever-changing rationalizations offered by the government, from "whoops, we didn't mean to do that" to "it's all the Afghani government's fault" to "they were harboring Taliban fighters there." … [Read more...]

Trump: I’ll Send All the Syrian Refugees Back

The ghastly civil war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people so far, which is why millions have fled the bombs and the mass killings going on. Most of them have ended up in Turkey and Jordan as the rest of the world mostly ignores the problem. The United States is now taking in a few thousand of them, a mere pittance, and just a few weeks ago Donald Trump said we had to do this because it was an “unbelievable humanitarian problem.” And now: … [Read more...]

Michigan Jail Lets Man Die for 17 Days for Not Paying Ticket

This is an absolutely horrifying story, though not at all surprising for those of us who have covered Michigan news regarding the Macomb County Jail. Officers in that facility watched a man die a slow, painful death for 17 days while refusing to get him medical treatment or even provide him with prescribed medication for drug addiction treatment. And it was all caught on video from his cell. … [Read more...]