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Category Archive: Free Speech

Sep 24 2013

Danish Woman Guilty of Racism for Criticizing Islam

A Danish-Iranian artist named Firoozeh Bazrafkan has been found guilty of violating Denmark’s laws against the expression of racism for writing in the Jyllands-Posten (the same newspaper that published the infamous Muhammad cartoons) about misogyny in Islam. She faces a 5000 kroner fine or five days in prison.

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Sep 23 2013

Facebook ‘Likes’ Protected by First Amendment

One of the challenges of constitutional law is to apply broad principles like free speech in a constantly evolving technological reality. A federal appeals court has now ruled that clicking the “like” button on Facebook is a protected form of (in this case) political speech:

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Sep 17 2013

Appeals Court Upholds Right to Hand Out Literature

A three judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the right of a group of atheists to hand out copies of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian at a Christian music festival in Minneapolis. The suit was filed against the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. You can read the …

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Sep 16 2013

Fischer: Terry Jones is Just Like Jesus

Pastor Terry Jones’ plan to burn 3000 copies of the Quran on 9/11 was thwarted when police pulled him over and arrested him for illegal conveying of fuel (he had soaked them in kerosene and was driving down the road with them and more kerosene in a truck). And Bryan Fischer says that makes Jones …

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Sep 13 2013

Suit Filed Over ‘Infidel’ License Plate

There was a mini-uproar recently when New Jersey refused to issue Dave Silverman a license plate that said “ATHEIST.” We’ve now got a similar situation in Michigan, but the state isn’t backing down from its refusal to issue a plate that said “INFIDEL” and the ACLU has filed a lawsuit. The press release:

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Sep 12 2013

Atheist Bangladeshi Bloggers Finally Indicted

Four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh who were arrested in April have finally been charged in court and their trials will begin in November. They are charged with writing “inflammatory blogs” that offended the religious feelings of Muslims in that country.

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Sep 06 2013

Another Blasphemy Prosecution in India

An Indian novelist has been arrested for blasphemy for apparently saying mean things about the Hindu god Ganesh, this hurting the incredibly tender feelings of authoritarians who think they have a right to punish anyone who dares offend them. Paul Fidalgo, filling in at the Friendly Atheist while Hemant goes off and gets married (congratulations, …

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Sep 06 2013

Dearborn Loses Another Free Speech Suit

You’d think the city of Dearborn would have learned by now that the First Amendment actually does apply to their city. They’ve now lost another lawsuit over their attempts to restrict the free speech rights of anti-Islam activists, this one over a demand that those holding a legal rally in their city be required to …

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Sep 03 2013

The Bravery of Bangladeshi Atheist Bloggers

Several atheist bloggers from Bangladesh are facing both blasphemy prosecutions and angry mobs of Muslim totalitarians who want to kill them. One of them, Asif Mohiuddin, is out on bail and in hiding, but he’s been exchanging email with Hemant Mehta and Austin Dacey. He told Hemant:

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Aug 13 2013

More Blasphemy Charges in Turkey

An English-language Turkish news site is reporting that more than three dozen people have been charged with blasphemy in that country for posting allegedly offensive things about religion to a social media site that is popular with the Turkish people.

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Aug 08 2013

Is an Olympic Showdown Inevitable?

We’ve had mixed signals from the Russian government about how their new anti-gay “propaganda” law will operate when they host the Olympics last year. The latest is the government’s sports minister saying that they will enforce the law on athletes, despite earlier assurances to the IOC that they won’t:

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Aug 08 2013

Bangladesh is a Secular Country?

Here’s a rather baffling report from the New York Times: Bangladesh’s High Court on Thursday disqualified the country’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, from taking part in next year’s general election, saying the party’s charter conflicts with the principles of the nation’s secular Constitution. You’re prosecuting several bloggers for blasphemy and you think you have a …

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Aug 07 2013

Pakistani Human Rights Groups Want End to Blasphemy Laws

A coalition of human rights advocates and organizations in Pakistan is demanding an end to that nation’s barbaric laws against blasphemy, which have been used to imprison and even kill those who dare to offend the delicate religious sensibilities of Muslims.

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Aug 02 2013

Today in Blasphemy Barbarism

Here are a couple of disturbing news items from around the world involving the barbaric and unjust enforcement of blasphemy laws. In Saudi Arabia, a man was sentenced to 7 years and 600 lashes for starting a website where people could discuss Islam.

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Jul 26 2013

PA Police Chief Needs to Be Fired

The chief of police of Gilberton, Pennsylvania needs to be fired. Immediately. The mayor says she can’t do that because of the First Amendment, but she’s wrong and I’ll explain why. But take a look at how this police chief is behaving toward the people he is sworn to protect:

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