Bus Shelter Ads Call Out Canada’s Publicly-Funded Religious Schools as a “Human Rights Disgrace”

Beginning in the last week of November, a series of ads focused on public funding for Catholic religious schools showed up in Winnipeg bus shelters. The ad campaign, deliberately distributed mainly in the vicinity of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to target its visitors with food for thought, has been financed and assembled by OneSchoolSystem.org, an Ottawa-based advocacy group.

The four ads appearing in Winnipeg are as follows:

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Why Spain Is Getting Ready to Expel Ex-Muslim Apostate Imran Firasat, Possibly Sending Him To His Death

Eight years ago, Pakistani citizen Imran Firasat obtained political asylum in Spain after he had received multiple death threats from Muslims because he’d left the One True Faith to become a Christian. Under Sharia law, apostasy is punishable by death.

Fast-forward to today: Firasat faces extradition to Indonesia (more on that in a minute). What happened? Did he commit a crime, or lie on his asylum application, or break Spanish law in any other way? For Spain, the main trouble with Firasat seems to be that he won’t keep his head down and instead criticizes Islam in no uncertain terms.

Two years ago, Firasat shared his 71-minute documentary The Innocent Prophet: The Life of Mohammed from a Different Point of View on YouTube. It’s virtually unwatchable (slow, disjointed, amateurish in almost every way, with a heavily accented voice-over and a cringe-worthy introduction by certified idiot Terry Jones — yes, that Terry Jones)… but it’s impossible to understand why a bad movie — à la Fitna — should drive its maker into the arms of his would-be freelance executioners.

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Rick Santorum Suggests Separation of Church and State Isn’t an American Ideal; It’s a Communist One

STAND America, a group headed by right-wing pastor and politician E.W. Jackson, posted a video on Monday of a conference call between group members and former Senator, Republican presidential primary candidate, and Urban Dictionary entry Rick Santorum.

Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch picked up an interesting part of the conversation:

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Bill O’Reilly Had a Psychotherapist Analyze American Atheists’ Latest Billboard Campaign

Last night, Bill O’Reilly discussed American Atheists’ recent billboard campaign featuring a girl writing a letter that says, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

O’Reilly didn’t invite anyone from AA to participate in the conversation, of course, because then he couldn’t just say nasty things about them without being challenged. So he instead invited psychotherapist Karen Ruskin, who compared AA to bullies and gang members looking to beat up all those Christians:

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Ugandan Parliament Speaker Warns Pastors of Foreigners Adopting Children to “Train Them on Gay Practices”

Think Progress’ Zack Ford has an article up reporting on new and bizarre comments made by Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (below).

Kadaga is an outspoken opponent of gay rights, championing the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill (dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill by opponents, as its first version decreed a death penalty for homosexuality). The milder version (that passed) implemented a life-in-prison sentence for homosexuality. Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the law earlier this year on the grounds that its passage violated parliamentary procedure, but legislators are considering a new version.

Speaking this past Sunday of the alleged dangers of gay rights activists, Kadaga issued some bizarre warnings.

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