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Category Archive: Religious Authoritarianism

Jul 23 2014

Charisma Mag Loves Ban on Atheists Holding Office

Gina Meeks, the assistant editor of Charisma magazine, has an article noting that 8 states currently have bans on atheists holding public office. In promoting the story, the magazine calls those laws “good news for a Judeo-Christian America.”

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Jul 20 2014

Lawsuit Dropped Against Mariam Ibrahim

So another twist and turn, and a positive one, in the saga of Mariam Ibrahim. The lawsuit filed by her family has apparently been dropped, which may pave the way for her finally to be able to leave Sudan and come to the United States. Gee, I wonder if those anti-immigration Christian righters will complain …

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Jul 10 2014

Badawi Lawyer Gets 15 Years in Prison

Waleed Abulkhair, the Saudi human rights activist who was Raif Badawi’s attorney in his blasphemy trial, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in that country for “inciting public opinion against the government” and “insulting the country’s leaders and judiciary.”

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Jul 07 2014

More Misogyny in the Meriam Ibrahim Case

Man, am I getting fed up with what is happening to Meriam Ibrahim. She was sentenced to death, freed by an appeals court but then not allowed to leave the country and now she’s living at the U.S. embassy. But now a lawsuit has been filed by her family of misogynists:

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Jul 03 2014

Hindus Go Full Muslim Authoritarian

Turns out reactionary Muslims are not the only ones who throw massive temper tantrums and demand arrests and even death when someone dares to offend their delicate religious sensibilities. Indian police have issued an arrest warrant for a cricket star for a picture that portrayed him as the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Jun 27 2014

Did Saudi Arabia Hurt Themselves?

You’ve probably seen stories about the Saudi Arabian delegation trying to quash the statement of a CFI representative about the Raif Badawi prosecution and brutal punishment for being an atheist. My friend Michael De Dora, CFI’s director of public policy, says they only hurt themselves with their behavior:

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Jun 25 2014

Saudi Arabia Tries to Censor Criticism in UN Human Rights Council

Monday morning, a representative of the Center for Inquiry was speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Council on Human Rights and was criticizing Saudi Arabia for its barbaric treatment of those accused of “blasphemy,” especially Raif Badawi. The Saudi representative tried three times to prevent her from speaking.

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Jun 24 2014

Schlafly Praises Russia’s ‘Religious Freedom’

Like many on the Christian right, Phyllis Schlafly thinks Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is a hero who is turning Russia into a Christian paradise. But she thinks his increasingly theocratic policies have made Russia a haven for “religious freedom.”

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Jun 24 2014

Anti-Atheist Crackdown Coming in Egypt?

Egypt is hardly known as a haven for religious freedom, even after the military deposed the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. But it appears that things may be about to get worse as the Sisi government prepares for a crackdown on atheists in that country.

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Jun 16 2014

Saudi ‘Justice’ Minister Defends Fascist Laws

Mohammed Al-Eissa is the Saudi Arabian “Justice Minister,” which is a lot like giving Charlie Sheen the title of Sobriety Minister. In a talk to an unnamed lawyers group in Washington, DC, Al-Eissa made a pathetic attempt to defend that country’s barbaric laws.

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Jun 12 2014

Anti-Gay Hate in Russia Getting Worse

As the world’s attention has been focused on Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine, the situation inside Russia for LGBT people and organizations has been getting worse. The anti-”propaganda” law was just the beginning. Now Putin has new legal tools to oppress them with.

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Jun 06 2014

Saudi Prince Demands More Blasphemy Laws

A Saudi prince who works as one of that country’s foreign ministers told a gathering of the Non-Aligned Movement that we need laws to punish blasphemy all over the world. Because it’s a “misuse” of freedom to criticize religion (well, his religion) and it leads to violence.

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Jun 04 2014

Religious Extremism Prevents Development in Nigeria

Leo Igwe, the Nigerian human rights activist who is coming to the U.S. for the Humanism at Work conference and a two week speaking tour of Ohio, Indiana, Chicago and Michigan, has an article in The Humanist about how religious extremism in his home country prevents development and all attempts to improve the lives of …

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May 28 2014

Buchanan on Putin, Right Wing Populism

Pat Buchanan’s latest column contains nothing remotely surprising. The American right wing nationalist praises Vladimir Putin, the Russian right wing nationalist and the European right wing populists like France’s National Front and the UK Independence Party.

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May 22 2014

ACLJ: Muslim Blasphemy Laws Bad, Christian Blasphemy Laws Good

Right Wing Watch has a follow up on its report about the Slavic Center for Law and Justice, which was created by Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice, and its staunch support for harsh blasphemy laws. They catch the ACLJ in a major contradiction on the subject of blasphemy laws, strongly opposing blasphemy …

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