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 full ruling here.
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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 just like Jesus and the police just like the Pharisees.
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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, Hemant!), has the details.
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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 indemnify the city against anything that happens.
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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 secular constitution? You keep using that word…