October 11, 2018

Some days it’s hard not to laugh out loud while trawling the Internet for stories of interest to Freethinker readers. Today was one – and concerns a fella called Zachary Burdick, above, who got himself arrested on a number of charges after he disrupted a Catholic Mass at on Tuesday at the Spirit of Life Church in Mandan. Around 75 people were attending the 9am Mass when Burdick walked in into the church and started to strip. Once naked, he… Read more

October 10, 2018

The UK’s Supreme Court has just ruled in favour of a pair of Northern Ireland bigots who, in 2014, refused to bake a ‘marriage equality cake’ for a gay couple. The BBC reports that the cost of the long-running case, involving evangelical Christian bakers Daniel and Amy McArthur, above, who own Ashers Bakery in Belfast, has so far totalled £450,000. The case was sparked by gay rights activist Gareth Lee. When Ashers refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex… Read more

October 10, 2018

Human Rights Watch has been keeping close tabs on the way people in Ghana who end up in ‘Prayer camps’ for real or perceived mental health conditions are being treated – and the result of their studies is horrifying. HRW says in this report that a year after the Ghanaian government pledged to enforce a ban on shackling, the practice is still continuing: Said Shantha Rau Barriga, HRW’s Disability Rights Director Hundreds of people with psychosocial disabilities are still shackled… Read more

October 9, 2018

Devout Christian Graham Robert Morant, 69, is to be sentenced in Queensland later this month for pressuring his wife to commit suicide so that he could use her life insurance policies to establish a religious commune. A Brisbane Supreme Court jury found Morant guilty of aiding and counselling his wife Jennifer to kill herself on the Gold Coast in November 2014. Morant told his wife that the end of the world was imminent, and that her insurance policies, worth $1.4-million… Read more

October 9, 2018

People who refer to members of  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormons are doing the work of the Devil – and guilty ones include right-wing news site WND, which today carried this headline: The WND report linked to a piece which said that the President of the Mormon church, Russell M Nelson, 94, reiterated on Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith’s full name, saying nicknames are “a major victory for Satan”…. Read more

October 8, 2018

The BBC reports that a Texas school expelled a black student after she refused to stand for the flag during the idiotic and offensive ceremony imposed on state-funded schools in the US, the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened on Tuesday to defend the Houston-area school district in its lawsuit with the student, India Landry. Ms Landry, 18, filed a lawsuit after she was expelled last year from Windfern High School. Normal, sane countries, it has always… Read more

October 8, 2018

Just over 20 percent of Romanians bothered to turn out for a referendum held over two days at the weekend to change the constitution to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. The low turn-out comes as a bitter disappointment to right-wing religious groups who demanded the $40 million referendum to prevent gay marriage from ever taking place in the country. Ahead of the vote one newspaper stooped as low as to compare homosexuals with Nazis. Religiously… Read more

October 7, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh  supporters are besides themselves with glee, now that the man branded as ‘a partisan ideologue’ by American Atheists has been made an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. But they will be less than enthused by the creation of a lipstick called “F*ck Kavanaugh” which has been sold to raise funds to support anti-sexual assault organisations including RAINN, NO MORE, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and End the Backlog. The brainchild of Katie Sones, of… Read more

October 7, 2018

The Sabarimala Temple in Kerala has always prevented females between the ages of 10 and 50 from worshipping there – but last month India’s Supreme court ruled that this was discrimination, plain and simple, and the the practice was to end at once. Fury came in the wake of the decision, with Hindu organisations protesting that the ruling was wrong, and that the temple – dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, above – would suffer all sorts of catastrophes it it were… Read more

October 6, 2018

Tasmanian gay rights activist, Rodney Croome, above, has welcomed a court ruling against a Christian who breached the Australian island state’s Anti-Discrimination Act. According to this report, the Supreme Court denied the appeal of Launceston man James Durston who distributed “vicious” anti-LGBTI flyers in 2013. Justice Michael Brett rejected Durston’s appeal, finding that the sections of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act that prohibit incitement to hatred and offensive language do not impinge on religious freedom or free speech, and are constitutionally valid…. Read more

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