There’s good news and bad news in this story out of India. The good news is that a college lecturer was acquitted of a charge of offending religious sentiments. There are two bits of bad news. The first is that there is such a charge at all. The second is that Islamic thugs already cut …
Category Archive: Religious Barbarism
Nov 20 2013
Nov 15 2013
Christopher Ketcham has an alarming and disturbing article in Vice arguing that there is a “child-rape assembly line” in Orthodox Jewish communities. And the accusation is coming from an Orthodox rabbi from the Satmar community, which has earned him attacks and abuse.
Nov 15 2013
With hundreds of thousands of soldiers returning from war with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an obvious result of the horrors of having to kill and possibly be killed, David Barton and televangelist fraud Kenneth Copeland have a solution: Just stop feeling it because God thinks you did great.
Nov 14 2013
Adnan Sarwar writes a rather remarkable apology to Salman Rushdie, whose death he once demanded as an 11-year old Muslim back in 1989. He now regrets having blindly followed his religious leaders and says that it has taken far too long for someone to apologize, which he did when he attended a talk given by …
Nov 12 2013
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday and is being called the strongest storm ever recorded. It left at least 10,000 dead, probably many more (they’re just getting to some of the remote villages and islands in the path), and you knew some wingnut was going to tell us what message God was sending with …
Nov 11 2013
The amazing Leo Igwe has a guest post at Ophelia’s blog about Helen Ukpabio, the Pentecostal preacher most responsible for the horrifying witch hunts in Nigeria, restarting her crusade to hunt yet more “witches” in that country. This stuff is so retrograde it’s shocking. This is the 21st century, right?
Oct 24 2013
Pat Robertson delivered on of his standard-issue diatribes against liberalism and humanism, which of course causes every bad thing imaginable and none of it would happen if we just all believed in God. And never mind all of the atrocities committed in the name of God — including Nazism.
Oct 11 2013
Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website is trying its hand at Biblical exegesis, with predictable results. They have an article entitled Fact Check: Does the Bible Really Condone Stoning? The answer, of course, is clearly yes. It does so over and over again. So what else is there to say? Well, there are weak excuses and …
Oct 07 2013
As if the barbaric laws of many Middle Eastern countries that punish blasphemy weren’t already bad enough, the Arab League is drafting a new law that would allow its members to punish blasphemy even when it takes place outside their borders.
Sep 18 2013
Whenever an atheist makes any moral statement, a Christian will inevitably offer up some version of the argument from morality. Sometimes the argument will be that you can’t make any moral statement at all without believing in God. Sometimes the argument is that we only think those things are immoral because God has planted in …
Sep 12 2013
Greta Christina has an article at Alternet about the murder of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, the Indian skeptic who had spent decades defending rationality and debunking absurd supernatural ideas. He was apparently murdered by members of a fundamentalist Hindu group, about which she has some details.
Sep 09 2013
Reading this story turned my stomach, at least metaphorically. Following the rape of a 6-year old girl by a 40-year old man in India, a caste council (or panchayat) has ordered the victim to be married to the 8-year old son of her rapist. I’m not entirely clear on how much authority such councils actually …
Sep 07 2013
Walid Shoebat is the most prominent of the fake “ex-terrorists” now earning big coin terrifying the rubes on the far right with tales of the impending Sharia law takeover of America. How ironic, then, that his son Theodore — and his father too, I’m sure — wants America to “outlaw the sodomite” just like the …
Sep 04 2013
It’s bad enough that we have to worry about Christian extremists who want to blow up abortion clinics and Muslim extremists who want to kill people indiscriminately. Now we have to worry about Hare Krishna extremists cutting people’s heads off too? Apparently so.
Aug 21 2013
Africa is not the only place where we find old-fashioned witch hunts going on. Unlike in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, where the abuse of alleged witches is led by Pentecostal preachers and carried out by individuals, in Saudi Arabia the government is getting in on the act.