Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi, Punished for “Insulting Islam,” May Have Received a Pardon

It appears that there may be hope for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who was facing another 950 lashes to round out a punishment he received last year (and was upheld a few months ago).

After being sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam,” Badawi received the first 50 lashes at the beginning of the year, with the expectation that he would receive 50 more every Friday for a total of 20 weeks. But those additional lashes never came for reasons that were unclear.

Here’s the good news: Yves Rossier, the Swiss secretary of Foreign Affairs, has told the newspaper La Liberté that Badawi’s sentence has been officially suspended.

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An Atheist Explains Why He Loves Christmas and How His Group Puts That Into Action

Eric Jayne, president of Minnesota Atheists, says there’s no “War on Christmas” being waged by his group. In fact, he loves Christmas — at least the spirit of it:



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A Creationist is Mad at Pixar for Assuming Humans and Dinosaurs Didn’t Already Live Together

Disney/Pixar released The Good Dinosaur a few days ago, and it appears to be doing well at the box office, giving the final Hunger Games movie a run for its money. The film is all about what would have happened if an asteroid did *not* wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago and humans lived alongside them today.

And who better to talk about dinosaurs living alongside humans than the people who think The Flintstones was a documentary?

At Creation Ministries International, Lita Cosner is obviously upset that the movie just assumes the dinosaurs would have gone extinct millions of years ago if not for an asteroid, since, you know, the Earth only came into being 6,000 years ago.

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If Penn & Teller Being Grand Marshals in a Christmas Parade is “Controversial,” Who’s Complaining?

The grand marshals in Sunday’s Hollywood Christmas Parade will be Penn & Teller.

Or, if you’re looking to get some cheap pageviews, the grand marshals for a Christian celebration will be two vocal atheists. (Or, you know, one vocal atheist.)



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After Planned Parenthood Shooting, Republican Presidential Candidates Remain Silent

Even though we don’t know exactly why Robert Lewis Dear walked into a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood with an “assault-style rifle” yesterday, killing one police officer and two civilians, surely you can have sympathy for the staffers and patients inside that facility, right?

Hillary Clinton did:

Bernie Sanders did:

As of this writing, however, not a single Republican Presidential candidate has made any public statements about the incident.

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