Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on Atheism; New Laws Declares It Equivalent to Terrorism

We’ve seen before how Saudi pundits find it easy to conflate atheism and terrorism, but now it’s official: Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism laws say outright that nonbelievers and others who commit thought crime are the same as violent terrorists.



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Fun with Corporate Conscience Clauses

In today’s New York Times, Brian McFadden suggests the problems with religious conscience clauses:

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(via Religion Clause)

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These Musicians Got Around Their Town’s Anti-Street-Performance Law by Forming the ‘Church of the Holy Kazoo’

Last fall, the Camden Council (London) considered a law, in response to a handful of complaints, that would make it all but impossible for street musicians to play their instruments:

… the council wants to restrict performances to between 10:00 and 21:00.

Under the proposals, anyone who wants to play a wind instrument — apart from the flute and the recorder — would need a special licence, as would all percussion instruments. Any form of amplification would be banned.

That proposed law led to a lot of understandably upset musicians, but it was passed last week.

Now, a few kazoo players think they’ve found a way around the law: They just created their own church:



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Carroll County Commissioner Defies Court Order by Reciting a (Fake) Christian Prayer at Meeting

Only one day after a judge told the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners that they couldn’t pray to Jesus during board meetings, one of the commissioners has already defied the ruling:

Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning’s Carroll County Board of Commissioners budget meeting with a prayer containing references to Jesus Christ…

Frazier, who seemed near tears, began the meeting by expressing her displeasure with the judge’s ruling. Frazier, R-District 1, said she was willing to go to jail to fight the preliminary injunction ruling.

“If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,” Frazier said. “We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to Communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.'”

She then proceeded to quote a prayer that she said was by George Washington, which included references to Jesus Christ, Lord, our Father, merciful father and the Holy Spirit.

Got that, everyone? Somehow, an order demanding that prayers, if used, remain non-sectarian — a perfectly reasonable accommodation for anyone to make — turned into an order telling Frazier what to think and was the first step in a march to Communism.

I thought Frazier’s biggest problem was that she was defying a court order. Now I realize she has far deeper issues she needs to address…

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Judge Halts Christian Prayers at Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners Meetings

Last May, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center of the American Humanist Association sued Carroll County, Maryland because its Board of Commissioners’ public meetings often began with “Commissioner-delivered sectarian prayers.”

These prayers weren’t just non-denominational. They were plainly endorsing Christianity. See if you can figure out how I know that:

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