Saudi Court Upholds Raif Badawi’s Sentence of 1,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Jail for “Insulting Islam”

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 earlier this year, he received the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes punishment. That was in addition to 10 years in jail and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000).

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Going to Church? Hope You Were Prepared for It…

In a great clip from his special Freaked Out, comedian Tom Papa talks about taking his daughter to church for the first time:

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A Brief Stop in San Francisco Next Week

This is short notice, but I’ll be giving a talk for the Atheist Advocates of San Francisco next Saturday (June 13).

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Five Doctors Explain Why They Provide Abortion Services

A group called Physicians for Reproductive Health just put out this neat video featuring five doctors explaining why they’re abortion providers.

They’re not nearly as evil as pro-lifers would have you believe…

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Audience Applauds Jehovah’s Witness Couple Who Admit to Shunning Their Own Child

When doing the right thing comes in conflict with following the doctrine of your religion, what should you do?

It’s an easy question if you’re a Jehovah’s Witness. You have to please God no matter what, even if it means cutting ties with your own children because they no longer believe as you do. It’s a process called disfellowshipping and it’s as awful as it sounds.

At a recent JW conference, Robert and Brenda Sutton spoke about how one of their children had “questionable association” (whatever that means) with someone at work… which eventually led to the child being disfellowshipped.

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