Saudi Arabian Government: The Media and International Groups Should Stop Interfering in the Raif Badawi Case

Saudi Arabia is not happy about various governments trying to free Raif Badawi (below), who may soon face the death penalty for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.” They don’t like the media criticism either.

In a statement issued today, translated into English here, the Saudi government said:

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Ken Ham Defends His Theme Park’s Discriminatory Hiring Practices by Posting Support Letters from Children

Creationist Ken Ham still doesn’t understand why the state of Kentucky rescinded potential tax breaks from his Ark Encounter theme park.

The short explanation is that the park — a for-profit business — was discriminating in its hiring. You can’t do that if you want the subsidies.

But that hasn’t stopped Ham from filing a lawsuit against the state.

Today, Ham defended his position by posting letters from children urging Governor Steve Beshear to allow proselytizing and discriminatory hiring because… Jesus.

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Document Shows Egyptian Atheist Received Prison Sentence for Denying Miracles and Supporting LGBT Rights

In 2013, 20-year-old Sherif Gaber was arrested for starting a Facebook group about religion. His own post on the subject explained his deconversion:

I started to see the contradictions between the Quran and scientific facts, and day by day for 2 years after searching and reading I knew the truth. Then I became an atheist and hid it for a few months. Then I admit it despite knowing that I might get killed any moment…

Even though I’m not afraid to say I’m an atheist to everyone who asks about my religion… To die for the truth is much much better to live in a lie!

Last month, we learned that the now-22-year-old Suez Canal University student was outed by his classmates, who told the school President, who in turn “filed a legal complaint against the student to the local prosecution on the grounds of contempt of religion.”

He was sentenced to one year in jail for his “crime”:

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Ohio Requires Abortion Doctors to Conduct Non-Existent Fetal Viability Tests on Women

Conservatives are often lambasted for their ignorance of science and medicine, particularly when taken in combination with their desire to pass laws about these same topics. Pro-life “gynoticians” are particularly infamous for this… like Vito Barbieri, who graced his fellow Idaho state representatives with his musings about whether women could swallow a camera for remote gynecological exams.

Ohio’s anti-abortion warriors might have topped him, though, when it comes to sheer ignorance. Among a slew of abortion restrictions passed in the past few years is one that mandates that women seeking an abortion after 20 weeks must undergo a fetal viability test before having the procedure done. The problem?

The test doesn’t exist.

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Oregon City Council Member Receives Death Threat After Opposing “In God We Trust” Display

Last month, I mentioned that Klamath Falls, Oregon was the latest city to considering putting an “In God We Trust” display in City Hall. But unlike most other cities, there was actually resistance from elected officials:

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