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 about that?
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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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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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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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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 the people there.
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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 laws in Muslim countries while lamenting the lack of them in America.
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