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Category Archive: Religious Barbarism

Feb 06 2014

Sharlet on Russia’s Anti-Gay Violence

The brilliant Jeff Sharlet went to Russia to investigate how their totalitarian anti-gay law and virulently anti-gay culture is affecting the LGBT community there. Unfortunately, the results are not surprising. Things are bad there. Really bad.

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Feb 05 2014

Pat Robertson Excuses Away Genocide

One of the big problems that Christian apologists have is explaining away the utterly barbaric actions allegedly commanded by God in the Old Testament. Pat Robertson offers his ridiculous rationalization for genocide, arguing that God was showing mercy by ordering the slaughter of untold numbers of people.

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Feb 05 2014

Anti-Gay Violence Skyrocketing in Russia

A new study shows what has been obvious to anyone paying attention for a long time, that anti-gay violence has become epidemic in Russia as religious and political authorities make gay people the scapegoat du jour with lurid tales of the need to “protect the children.”

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Feb 03 2014

Alexander Aan is Released

Alexander Aan, the Indonesian atheist sentenced to 30 months in prison for merely saying that he is an atheist on Facebook, has been released from prison after 18 months. Unfortunately, he now will likely have to remain in hiding because of threats to his life. He was already beaten by an angry mob before going …

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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

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

Mother Kills Her Children During ‘Exorcism’

The Washington Post has the tragic story of a mother and another woman in Germantown, Maryland who killed two of her toddler children and critically wounded two others, apparently in an attempt to free them from what they believed to be demonic possession.

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Jan 20 2014

Musevini Blocks Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

Ugandan President Musevini has blocked the passage of the infamous anti-gay bill, which carries life imprisonment for “aggravated” homosexuality, not because he’s opposed to it but because there wasn’t a quorum present to pass it. The Daily Monitor reports:

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Jan 17 2014

American Christian Right Supports Nigerian Law

Now that the Nigerian government has passed a brutal new law that puts gay people in prison for ten years and has begun arresting gay people, torturing them to get the identities of others and then rounding them up, it’s worth noting that the Christian right in this country defended that law when it passed.

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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 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 30 2013

Another ‘Witch’ Killed in Africa

The horrifying trend of people in African countries killing others after accusing them of being “witches” continues with this story of two men in Zimbabwe killing an 81-year old man because they thought he had killed their uncle through his use of “witchcraft.”

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