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Category Archive: Religious Authoritarianism

Feb 27 2014

Ugandan Paper Prints Gay Hit List

Now that President Musevini has signed Uganda’s harsh new anti-gay law and put it into effect, the witch hunts have officially begun. A Ugandan newspaper published a list of 200 allegedly gay people. I fully expect that, like Nigeria, they will be rounding up anyone suspected of being gay.

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Feb 24 2014

Seriously, Damon Linker?

Damon Linker has written some truly baffling things about religion and politics, but his latest column in The Week really leaves me shaking my head. He actually argues, entirely seriously, that the current push for gay rights is the result of — wait for it — Christianity.

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Feb 19 2014

Trans Legislator Arrested at Sochi Olympics

The first openly trans legislator in Europe was arrested at the Sochi Olympics for holding a banner that said, in Russian, “Gay is OK.” Because they have to protect the children, dontchaknow. This is what the Russian law censors as “gay propaganda.”

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Feb 19 2014

Ben Baz is Free. What Now?

Michael Nugent reports that Abdel Aziz Mohamed Albaz, aka Ben Baz, has been released from prison in Kuwait after a year locked up for blasphemy. The real question, though, is what happens now? If I recall correctly, he now has to leave Kuwait, but he may well face even worse punishment if he goes back …

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Feb 19 2014

Court Silences Muslim Thugs in the UK

In British law they have something called an Anti-Social Behavior Order (ASBO), which is kind of like a disorderly conduct charge in the US in that it’s relatively vague and can be applied to a lot of situations. But here’s a situation where it sounds like it was correctly applied to a bunch of Muslim …

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Feb 18 2014

Musevini to Sign Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill

After initially refusing to sign an infamous bill that prescribes life in prison (but no longer the death penalty) for homosexuality because the legislature lacked a quorum to pass it, Ugandan President Museveni has changed his mind and decided to sign the bill and make it law.

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Feb 11 2014

Saudis Hunting ‘Sorcerers’ on Twitter

The religious police in Saudi Arabia, formally known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has launched a task force to monitor Twitter accounts in order to identify and track “sorcerers” and “witches.” Which don’t actually exist, of course.

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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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