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.
Category Archive: Free Speech
Sep 23 2013
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:
Sep 17 2013
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 …
Sep 16 2013
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 …
Sep 13 2013
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:
Sep 06 2013
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 …
Sep 03 2013
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:
Aug 13 2013
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.
Aug 08 2013
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:
Aug 08 2013
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 …
Aug 07 2013
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.
Jul 26 2013
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: