ACLJ Supports Harsh Blasphemy Punishments

Well this is certainly interesting. The American Center for Law and Justice, which pretends to be a group that favors religious freedom in the United States, enthusiastically advocated for the passage of a law in Russia that punishes any “insult to the religious feelings of the faithful.” Right Wing Watch translates a press release put out by their Slavic Center for Law and Justice, funded completely by the ACLJ:
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UN Experts Strongly Criticize Saudi Arabia Over Badawi

A group of United Nations Special Rapporteurs has issued a statement strongly criticizing Saudi Arabia over the brutal sentence handed down against Raif Badawi for nothing more than expressing the fact that he’s an atheist and creating a platform to allow others to do so.
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Christian Women to Hang for Apostasy in Sudan

Yet another example of the extraordinary barbarism of reactionary Islamic law, this time in the Sudan where a woman has been sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy after converting to Christianity and marrying a Christian man, both of which are forbidden under that nation’s version of Sharia law.
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Jeffress: God Has Already Decided Some Issues

Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress also spoke at that “Washington: A Man of Prayer” event on Capitol Hill. He gave a predictably ridiculous speech in which he declared that while we can debate some public policies, others were decided by God in the Bible and should be settled as a result.
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Ugandan Catholic Bishop Calls for Anti-Gay Violence

One of Uganda’s Catholic bishops delivered an Easter homily that focused not on the resurrection of Jesus or the church’s message of hope and atonement but on the need for people of that country to commit violence against gay people in order to rid the country of homosexuality.
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Anglican Archbishop Makes Baffling Statement on Marriage Equality

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, made an absolutely baffling statement during a phone conference recently, as reported in the Guardian. He says we can’t recognize gay marriages in the west because it will cause Muslims to slaughter Christians in Africa.
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More Bloggers Arrested in Bangladesh

With four atheist bloggers already facing criminal charges for blasphemy, two more teenage bloggers were attacked by a Muslim mob and then arrested for posting “derogatory comments against Islam and Prophet Mohammad.” Some of their fellow bloggers say this is all trumped and all they did was protest death threats against others by Muslim extremists:
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Saudi Arabia Equates Atheism and Terrorism

Saudi Arabia, whose ruling family includes some princes who support and fund terrorism around the world, has passed a new anti-terrorism policy that defines atheism itself, along with nearly all dissent from that country’s leadership, as terrorism. The new definition of terrorism includes:
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Pakistani Christian Gets Death Penalty for Blasphemy

In yet another example of astonishing barbarism and totalitarianism, a Christian in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy for comments he allegedly made to a Muslim friend during an argument. The case already saw violent attacks on the Christian community in that country by mobs of barbarians.
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EU Wants Saudis to Respect Religious Freedom

This news is about a month old, but the European Union has approved a report calling on Saudi Arabia to respect religious freedom. Unfortunately, that declaration says nothing about the right of the non-religious not to practice a religion or the right to criticize religion.
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