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Category Archive: Free Speech

Apr 18 2014

How to Handle a Bigoted College Speaker

Unhinged bigot Peter LaBarbera recently spoke at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a group of pro-equality students there gave a textbook example of how you deal with such a speaker without violating their free speech rights or the right of other students to hear him speak. Kate Geiselman, one of the students who …

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Apr 18 2014

The Peter Makes Himself a Martyr

Anti-gay bigot extraordinaire Peter LaBarbera is making a bid for martyrdom, getting himself arrested at the University of Regina in Canada for handing out anti-gay literature. He had previously been briefly detained while crossing the border, but was allowed to enter to give a lecture.

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Apr 16 2014

Klayman Sues Blogger for Quoting Court Ruling

Remember that court ruling in Larry Klayman’s divorce/custody case that suggested that he may have touched his children inappropriately? He’s now suing cartoonist Ken Avidor for quoting that court ruling, something I have done as well. It was filed a year ago and dismissed but now Klayman has refiled it.

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Apr 10 2014

Russia Arresting Protesters for Not Carrying Signs

Let’s check in with how Bryan Fischer’s Lion of Christianity is doing in creating what Scott Lively calls a “model pro-family society” is doing on that freedom thing. Turns out, not so well. They’re now arresting people for not holding up protest signs.

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Apr 07 2014

More Bloggers Arrested in Bangladesh

With four atheist bloggers already facing criminal charges for blasphemy, two more teenage bloggers were attacked by a Muslim mob and then arrested for posting “derogatory comments against Islam and Prophet Mohammad.” Some of their fellow bloggers say this is all trumped and all they did was protest death threats against others by Muslim extremists:

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Apr 06 2014

Marines Throw Fit About a Piece of Cloth

Here’s a Youtube video of two Marines chasing down a scooter and throwing a temper tantrum because the guy on the scooter was holding a flag upside down during a protest of police brutality in New Mexico. The guys with the flag are lucky they dropped it because there would almost certainly have been violence …

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Apr 02 2014

Ingersoll and American Blasphemy Laws

Hal Gordon informs me of something I did not know, that Robert Ingersoll once defended a man in a blasphemy case. He lost that case but he ended up being largely responsible for the end of blasphemy prosecutions anyway through his gift for good humor and subtle ridicule.

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Mar 21 2014

El Ghazzali Criticizes Blasphemy Laws at the UN

Kacem El Ghazzali, an atheist blogger from Morocco who now lives in exile in Switzerland because of that country’s authoritarian blasphemy laws, addressed the UN Human Rights Council and strongly criticized the use of blasphemy laws, including by several of the nations that sit on that council. The International Humanist and Ethical Union has the …

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Mar 05 2014

Christian Right Legal Group Invents ‘Free Speech’ Case

There’s an odd situation going on at Purdue University after a family donated $12,500 to the engineering school but wanted a plaque at the facility that honored “those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws.” The school said no, fearing possible litigation over the plaque’s religious message.

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Feb 21 2014

An Interview With Ben Baz

This is a brief interview I did with Abdel Aziz Mohamed Albaz, aka Ben Baz, the Egyptian blogger who was recently released from prison in Kuwait for blasphemy. It touches on his treatment in prison and what happens now that he has gone back to his native Egypt, which has harsher blasphemy laws than Kuwait.

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Feb 14 2014

4th Circuit: State Can’t Have Only ‘Choose Life’ Plates

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that said the state of North Carolina can’t approve the offering of a “Choose Life” license plate and then refuse to approve a pro-choice license plate. That is viewpoint discrimination under the law.

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Feb 06 2014

Christians, Muslims Unite for Censorship

The upcoming Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia includes one provocative show called Come Heckle Christ, in which a comedian will portray Jesus and invite people to jeer him. Could be funny, I suppose, depending on how talented the comedian is. But a Catholic archbishop is demanding that the government stop the show from going on.

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Feb 03 2014

Alexander Aan is Released

Alexander Aan, the Indonesian atheist sentenced to 30 months in prison for merely saying that he is an atheist on Facebook, has been released from prison after 18 months. Unfortunately, he now will likely have to remain in hiding because of threats to his life. He was already beaten by an angry mob before going …

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Jan 28 2014

Play Canceled in Ireland for ‘Blasphemy’

Unfortunately, the Muslim world is not the only place that violates free speech and punishes or censors “blasphemy.” Some parts of the predominately Christian world do as well. A city council in Ireland has canceled a “blasphemous” play before it could ever happen.

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Jan 25 2014

Agema, Saleem Lawsuit Dismissed

Dave Agema, one of Michigan’s representatives on the Republican National Committee, and Kamal Saleem, one of the many fake “ex-terrorists” making a living scaring the hell out of the Christian right, have had a lawsuit they filed against a Michigan city, People for the American Way and CAIR dismissed by a Bush-appointed federal judge. They …

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