Saudi ‘Justice’ Minister Defends Fascist Laws

Mohammed Al-Eissa is the Saudi Arabian "Justice Minister," which is a lot like giving Charlie Sheen the title of Sobriety Minister. In a talk to an unnamed lawyers group in Washington, DC, Al-Eissa made a pathetic attempt to defend that country's barbaric laws. … [Read more...]

Anti-Gay Hate in Russia Getting Worse

As the world's attention has been focused on Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine, the situation inside Russia for LGBT people and organizations has been getting worse. The anti-"propaganda" law was just the beginning. Now Putin has new legal tools to oppress them with. … [Read more...]

Saudi Prince Demands More Blasphemy Laws

A Saudi prince who works as one of that country's foreign ministers told a gathering of the Non-Aligned Movement that we need laws to punish blasphemy all over the world. Because it's a "misuse" of freedom to criticize religion (well, his religion) and it leads to violence. … [Read more...]

Religious Extremism Prevents Development in Nigeria

Leo Igwe, the Nigerian human rights activist who is coming to the U.S. for the Humanism at Work conference and a two week speaking tour of Ohio, Indiana, Chicago and Michigan, has an article in The Humanist about how religious extremism in his home country prevents development and all attempts to improve the lives of the people there. … [Read more...]

Buchanan on Putin, Right Wing Populism

Pat Buchanan's latest column contains nothing remotely surprising. The American right wing nationalist praises Vladimir Putin, the Russian right wing nationalist and the European right wing populists like France's National Front and the UK Independence Party. … [Read more...]

ACLJ: Muslim Blasphemy Laws Bad, Christian Blasphemy Laws Good

Right Wing Watch has a follow up on its report about the Slavic Center for Law and Justice, which was created by Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice, and its staunch support for harsh blasphemy laws. They catch the ACLJ in a major contradiction on the subject of blasphemy laws, strongly opposing blasphemy laws in Muslim countries while lamenting the lack of them in America. … [Read more...]

ACLJ Supports Harsh Blasphemy Punishments

Well this is certainly interesting. The American Center for Law and Justice, which pretends to be a group that favors religious freedom in the United States, enthusiastically advocated for the passage of a law in Russia that punishes any "insult to the religious feelings of the faithful." Right Wing Watch translates a press release put out by their Slavic Center for Law and Justice, funded completely by the ACLJ: … [Read more...]

National Leader Condemns Humanism, Secularism, Human Rights

A Christian prime minister came out bluntly in a speech last week and condemned humanism, secularism and human rights as a threat to the religious-based morality that is so important for maintaining national cohesion and stability. … [Read more...]

UN Experts Strongly Criticize Saudi Arabia Over Badawi

A group of United Nations Special Rapporteurs has issued a statement strongly criticizing Saudi Arabia over the brutal sentence handed down against Raif Badawi for nothing more than expressing the fact that he's an atheist and creating a platform to allow others to do so. … [Read more...]

Christian Women to Hang for Apostasy in Sudan

Yet another example of the extraordinary barbarism of reactionary Islamic law, this time in the Sudan where a woman has been sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy after converting to Christianity and marrying a Christian man, both of which are forbidden under that nation's version of Sharia law. … [Read more...]

Jeffress: God Has Already Decided Some Issues

Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress also spoke at that "Washington: A Man of Prayer" event on Capitol Hill. He gave a predictably ridiculous speech in which he declared that while we can debate some public policies, others were decided by God in the Bible and should be settled as a result. … [Read more...]

Ugandan Catholic Bishop Calls for Anti-Gay Violence

One of Uganda's Catholic bishops delivered an Easter homily that focused not on the resurrection of Jesus or the church's message of hope and atonement but on the need for people of that country to commit violence against gay people in order to rid the country of homosexuality. … [Read more...]