Saudi Court Upholds Ruling Against Blogger. He Faces 10 Years in Jail and 1,000 Lashes for “Insulting Islam”

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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For the Third Time, a University-Run Hotel Removes Bibles from Rooms

This shouldn’t be complicated. Public universities shouldn’t be in the business of promoting one religion over another and that also applies to their hotel rooms.

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that Bibles be removed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus inn, the Lowell Center.

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The Differences Between Christianity and Humanism in One Image

Reader Dick Baker created this simple diagram:

Would you add or change anything to his list?

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Secular Group Showcase: Tri-State Freethinkers

We asked you to tell us about your local secular group in an attempt to encourage the start-up and growth of “good without god” communities. We’ve received a lot of responses already (Thanks!) and here’s a glimpse at our next group: The Tri-State Freethinkers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana:

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The Problem with Tradition

Earlier today, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The reason really hinged on the idea of tradition:

… There are, the court noted, good and bad traditions.

“Bad traditions that are historical realities such as cannibalism, foot-binding, and suttee, and traditions that from a public-policy standpoint are neither good nor bad — such as trick-or-treating on Halloween,” it said. “Tradition per se therefore cannot be a lawful ground for discrimination — regardless of the age of the tradition.”

Limiting marriage to one man and one woman? The judges agreed that was a bad tradition and it’s time had passed.

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