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Category Archive: Religious Authoritarianism

Feb 10 2014

LaBarbera Wants Russian Law in America

Peter LaBarbera and Sandy Rios agree that America needs a Russia-style anti-gay law to eliminate “propaganda” that pushes kids toward being gay. Like what? Like gay people on television. And schoolmates who might have gay parents. Because that might force parents to have an uncomfortable conversation with their kids.

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Feb 03 2014

Paul Cameron’s Raging Bigotry

Marvin Olasky recently criticized that harsh anti-gay law in Uganda and has drawn the ire of Paul Cameron and his Family Research Institute. Cameron is a guy who got thrown out of the APA for making up bad data to justify his anti-gay bigotry. I’ll intersperse the statements from Olasky with FRI’s incredibly loathsome responses.

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Jan 28 2014

Play Canceled in Ireland for ‘Blasphemy’

Unfortunately, the Muslim world is not the only place that violates free speech and punishes or censors “blasphemy.” Some parts of the predominately Christian world do as well. A city council in Ireland has canceled a “blasphemous” play before it could ever happen.

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Jan 28 2014

Elderly Scottish Man Faces Death for Blasphemy

And the carnage from blasphemy laws in the Muslim world continues. An elderly Scottish man is facing the death penalty in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy for supposedly claiming to be a prophet. Because claiming to be a prophet is bad, except for all the people who claimed to be prophets in the past …

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Jan 24 2014

‘Ex-gay’: ‘Communist’ Gay Activists to Blame for Brutal Laws

Christopher Doyle, an “ex-gay” activist (read: someone pretending not to be gay) with Voice of the Voiceless, says that gay rights activists are communists and it’s their own damn fault that Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries pass brutal and unjust laws against them:

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Jan 21 2014

Olympic Security Forces Arrest Flagholding Protestor

Despite repeated assurances from Vladimir Putin that there is nothing to worry about at the Winter Olympics because of Russia’s totalitarian anti-gay laws, Olympic security personnel arrested a man who did nothing but wave a rainbow flag as the Olympic torch went by.

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Jan 21 2014

Savage: Muslim Immigration Upholds Morality

Michael Savage, one of the most extreme and ridiculous voices on right wing talk radio, offered a very strange opinion on his show last week. Responding to something called “No Pants Day,” he said that Muslim immigration may be “God’s way of saving the West from itself.”

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Jan 16 2014

Nigeria Torturing Gay People to ID Others

Uganda is not the only African country with a harsh new anti-gay law. Nigeria also has a new law that puts gay people in prison for 10 years for anyone who “registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organizations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria.” And …

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Jan 09 2014

Wingnuts Fantasize About Stoning Gay People

Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner of Generations Radio, both of whom are staunch theocrats of a Reconstructionist bent, are hopping mad about the Rose Parade float that featured a gay couple getting married. So they fantasize about what would happen if they had a float that showed a gay person getting stoned to death:

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Jan 09 2014

Islamic Reactionaries Torch Lebanese Library

Yet another example of the rampant misology among fundamentalists of every religion. Muslim reactionaries in Lebanon set fire to a library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest of more than 80,000 books. Why? Either because someone found a pamphlet that “insulted” Muhammad or because the priest said something they don’t like on the internet.

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Jan 03 2014

Andrew Lanza Keeps On Digging

Remember New York State Sen. Andrew Lanza, who flipped his lid over the American Atheists billboard in Times Square recently? Well he’s now amended that press release he sent out twice, though he keeps that ridiculous Nazi comparison. Apparently he still stands by that one. And now he’s appended one of the most ridiculous not-pologies …

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Jan 02 2014

Two Pakistani Men Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’

I continue to be absolutely appalled by the fascist and barbaric use of blasphemy laws to not just punish but murder people who say things the religious authorities in many countries don’t like. In Pakistan, two men have been sentenced to death for claiming they saw God.

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Dec 26 2013

Uganda Passes Harsh Anti-Gay Law

After several years of back and forth, the Ugandan legislature has finally passed the anticipated anti-gay bill, but apparently with “only” life in prison for gay people instead of the death penalty. And it even will send you to prison if you don’t turn someone in for being gay. But apparently there’s a chance that …

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Dec 22 2013

NJ Christians Try to Burn Down FFRF Billboard

Adding to the long history of vandalism and violence that so often greets the expression of non-Christian sentiment in this country, residents of Pitman, New Jersey have tried to burn down a billboard put up by the FFRF that says “Keep the Saturn in Saturnalia.”

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Dec 22 2013

TX Gov. Candidate: Help Me Secede So I Can Have You Killed

Every day I troll the fringe backwaters of the right wing (which are getting less fringe-y every day) but every once in a while I come across someone who is so off-the-charts oblivious that it leaves an indentation when my head hits the desk. Larry SECEDE Kilgore (he actually made SECEDE his middle name legally), …

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