Saudi Blogger Accused of “Insulting Islam” Will Receive the First 50 of His 1,000 Lashes Punishment Tomorrow

30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished in 2013 for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, his critics said, and tomorrow, he will face the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes punishment (he also faces 10 years in jail and owes a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine — about $266,000).

The Center for Inquiry, which has worked to secure Badawi’s freedom, to no avail, released this statement earlier today:

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Oklahoma State Capitol’s Replacement Ten Commandments Monument is Going Up Today

Back in October, Michael Tate Reed Jr., a Christian who had been “diagnosed with Bipolar and… was off his medication,” drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn.

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God Didn’t Create That Special Snowflake

Here’s a perfect example of Christian rhetoric that’s so incredibly condescending and ignorant, I’m amazed that grown human adults continue to perpetuate it.


I present popular Christian writer/blogger Jon Acuff writing about snowflakes:

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In the Wake of the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Let’s Eliminate Blasphemy Laws Everywhere

It’s hard to say there’s a silver lining after yesterday’s massacre at Charlie Hebdo, because we’d surely be better off if it didn’t happen at all, but I’m glad there’s a renewed push in Canada for the Department of Justice to eliminate its blasphemy law:


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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “I Have to Outlive a Generation… Whose Minds Have [Been] Contaminated with This Ideology”

In case you missed it last night, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Muslim whose friend Theo van Gogh was assassinated by Islamic radicals more than a decade ago, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to speak about yesterday’s massacre:

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