Saudi Atheist Facing 10 Years in Jail and 1,000 Lashes for Blasphemy Receives Prize from Reporters Without Borders

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned… but that respite was brief. In May, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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The “Nones” Are 20% of the Population… and 12% of the Electorate. We Need to Fix That

There are a lot of reasons Democrats got crushed on Election Day, but this particular bit of information is worth noting: “Nones” — who are atheists, Agnostics, and people who may believe in God but don’t use a religious label — make up nearly 20% of the adult population… but, according to exit polls, we [Read More…]

Ohio House Bill Would Undermine the Teaching of Evolution

Ohio’s House Bill 597 would amend existing education law to include this bit about science:

The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and encourage students to analyze, critique, and review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the standards.

That’s all code for “teach kids that evolution is questioned by credible scientists”… which it’s not.

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A Christian’s Plea to Get Her Community to Stand Up for Atheists

Rebecca Florence Miller, one of the evangelical Christian bloggers on Patheos, recently got in a conversation with a bunch of atheists (on this site, I believe), and came away with a few important conclusions:



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An In-Flight Safety Video for Ultra-Orthodox Jews Who Refuse to Sit Next to Women

Just over a month ago, an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv became an “11-hour nightmare” when the ultra-Orthodox Jews on the plane refused to sit next to any women. Many of the men stood in the aisles to avoid sitting next to the ladies, forcing the plane to delay takeoff until the situation could be resolved.

Now, the Levinson Brothers have created this helpful in-flight safety video to show on future El Al flights:



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