Within Islam, as within other religions, there are moderates, people who simply belong to the religion because it’s their cultural norm, and there are extremists, people who are so obsessed with the supremacy of their religion that they are willing to engage in all manner of cruelties against those who do not share their beliefs.
Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who retired from medicine in order to take up a career as a right wing commentator on Fox News, only to retire from Fox News in order to become a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, likes to talk about “our Judeo-Christian values” as if everyone in America has “Judeo-Christian […]
Mykolas Mockus was a Lithuanian who wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind. Because he spoke his mind freely, Mockus was seized by the police, who had infiltrated a private meeting to record what he was saying by a speech. Mockus was thrown into a jail cell and criminally prosecuted for what he […]
Because I see Hindus threatening to kill anyone who shows this picture, I am deciding to join in the blasphemy, and to amplify it. If a Hindu activist group succeeds in pressuring the web host of the mythological discussion group to remove the blasphemous image, I want the image to survive, in defiance of the censorship. […]
Next year, the people of Ireland will hold a referendum on whether blasphemy should finally cease to be a crime in their country.
Inspired by the effort of Irish Atheists, who responded to the renewal of Ireland’s anti-blasphemy laws in 2009 by starting a Church Of Dermatology, I am beginning a new project. Its name […]
September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. […]
Apparently, Congressman Shimkus thinks that pious Christianity is only good for keeping oil company profits high. When the lobbyists come a-calling, Shimkus is happy to toss that old time religion out the window. […]
I’m not one to simply post links, but look at this image, think about who’s not going to be rioting and killing innocent people because of it…
… and then ask yourself, who’s making Islam look bad? Some filmmaker, or the crowds of zealots killing people in the name of someone who’s been dead for […]
There are real instances of religious discrimination. There’s no need for Jonathan Turley to go making up stories about threats to religious freedom. That’s just what he has done, however, with his dishonest and inaccurate article about United Nations Human Rights resolution 16/18. […]
Don’t tell me, do not tell me that we cannot enforce laws against profanity, laws against blasphemy, laws against misusing the Lord’s name!
— Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, May 2011
Bryan Fischer, we cannot enforce laws against profanity (the uttering of words that a religion considers offensive to its sacred ideas, like […]
September 30 was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and I forgot to do a goddamned thing to celebrate it. Aw, hell, there’s always next year.
The Center for Inquiry marked the day by presenting the winner of its Protect Dissent video contest:
Blasphemy is just one variety of dissent, you know. If you can’t handle […]