When Hindu Nationalists Attack

When Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was elected prime minister of India, many of us thought that was a very bad sign. Any religious nationalist party is bound to be bad news. And now comes news that the Hindu horde that attacked and killed a Muslim man because he was rumored to have killed and eaten a cow was carried out by members of that party. … [Read more...]

Christian Reconstructionist Group Swaps One Fascist for Another


The Christian Reconstructionist group American Vision is changing leaders. Christian Fascist Gary DeMar is stepping down and being replaced by fellow Christian fascist Joel McDurmon. These are the people who want to "restore America to its biblical foundations" by implementing the Mosaic law as the civil and criminal law of the land. Of course, America was never a theocracy, so they aren't actually "restoring" anything. … [Read more...]

Fischer Again Demands All Immigrants Convert to Christianity

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Bryan Fischer is once again showing that he is a dyed-in-the-wool Christian fascist, saying that America should welcome immigrants to this country -- but only if they agree to convert to Christianity. And stop being gay, I imagine. And not just any Christianity, of course, but to his own totalitarian, right-wing version of Christianity. None of those weak-kneed non-fundamentalist types allowed. … [Read more...]

Charisma Mag Loves Ban on Atheists Holding Office

Gina Meeks, the assistant editor of Charisma magazine, has an article noting that 8 states currently have bans on atheists holding public office. In promoting the story, the magazine calls those laws "good news for a Judeo-Christian America." … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Dropped Against Mariam Ibrahim

So another twist and turn, and a positive one, in the saga of Mariam Ibrahim. The lawsuit filed by her family has apparently been dropped, which may pave the way for her finally to be able to leave Sudan and come to the United States. Gee, I wonder if those anti-immigration Christian righters will complain about that? … [Read more...]

Badawi Lawyer Gets 15 Years in Prison

Waleed Abulkhair, the Saudi human rights activist who was Raif Badawi's attorney in his blasphemy trial, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in that country for "inciting public opinion against the government" and "insulting the country's leaders and judiciary." … [Read more...]

More Misogyny in the Meriam Ibrahim Case

Man, am I getting fed up with what is happening to Meriam Ibrahim. She was sentenced to death, freed by an appeals court but then not allowed to leave the country and now she's living at the U.S. embassy. But now a lawsuit has been filed by her family of misogynists: … [Read more...]

Hindus Go Full Muslim Authoritarian

Turns out reactionary Muslims are not the only ones who throw massive temper tantrums and demand arrests and even death when someone dares to offend their delicate religious sensibilities. Indian police have issued an arrest warrant for a cricket star for a picture that portrayed him as the Hindu god Vishnu. … [Read more...]

Did Saudi Arabia Hurt Themselves?

You've probably seen stories about the Saudi Arabian delegation trying to quash the statement of a CFI representative about the Raif Badawi prosecution and brutal punishment for being an atheist. My friend Michael De Dora, CFI's director of public policy, says they only hurt themselves with their behavior: … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Tries to Censor Criticism in UN Human Rights Council

Monday morning, a representative of the Center for Inquiry was speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Council on Human Rights and was criticizing Saudi Arabia for its barbaric treatment of those accused of "blasphemy," especially Raif Badawi. The Saudi representative tried three times to prevent her from speaking. … [Read more...]

Schlafly Praises Russia’s ‘Religious Freedom’

Like many on the Christian right, Phyllis Schlafly thinks Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is a hero who is turning Russia into a Christian paradise. But she thinks his increasingly theocratic policies have made Russia a haven for "religious freedom." … [Read more...]

Anti-Atheist Crackdown Coming in Egypt?

Egypt is hardly known as a haven for religious freedom, even after the military deposed the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. But it appears that things may be about to get worse as the Sisi government prepares for a crackdown on atheists in that country. … [Read more...]