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Raif Badawi, Imprisoned Saudi Blogger, Is Awarded Free-Speech Prize

Posted by doctore0 on October 7, 2015

Stupid Saudi barbarians…

A Saudi blogger who was sentenced to prison and publicly flogged on charges that he had insulted Islam was awarded a major free -speech prize on Tuesday in London.

The blogger, Raif Badawi, was named the international co-recipient of Britain’s PEN Pinter Prize. He was chosen from a shortlist by the poet James Fenton, who was the British recipient of the award in June. Mr. Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence after his conviction last year on charges including “violating Islamic values and propagating liberal thought,” according to English PEN, the writers group that bestows the prize. A Saudi court fined him one million riyals, about $267,000, and sentenced him to receive 1,000 lashes spread out over 20 floggings.

Video of Mr. Badawi receiving his first 50 lashes in January appeared on YouTube, prompting condemnation from Western governments and human rights groups, which have called for his release. Saudi officials have postponed further lashings.

Mr. Badawi’s case has renewed attention to the Saudi government’s harsh treatment of dissidents for acts that are considered essential rights in the West.

At a ceremony on Tuesday in London, Mr. Fenton said he was moved by the contrast between Mr. Badawi’s “liberal aims” and the “ferocity” of the punishment leveled against him.
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Religious Discriminaton in Irish Schools

Posted by doctore0 on October 3, 2015

After years and years of abuse/rape by the church…

Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland tells the OSCE about religious discrimination in Irish schools, at the human dimension meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on 30 September 2015.

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Atheist Display Will Accompany Nativity At Courthouse

Posted by doctore0 on October 1, 2015

(Brookville, Ind.) – The Freedom From Religion Foundation is now adhering to the idiom “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

Just last week, a federal judge dismissed the Wisconsin-based atheist organization’s December 2014 lawsuit demanding removal of the Christian Nativity display from the Franklin County Courthouse lawn in Brookville. The privately owned display has appeared on the county government owned property each Christmas season for the past 50 years.

U.S. District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt pointed to Franklin County’s new content-neutral application process for private displays at the courthouse as the main factor in dismissing the suit. County commissioners acted to unanimously pass the ordinance following the lawsuit from the FFRF and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana last November.

Despite the recent loss in court, the foundation is not going away quietly. The atheists have been granted approval to display a Bill of Rights Nativity and a Winter Solstice banner on the courthouse lawn near the Christian Nativity this holiday season.
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Politicians back motion that science cannot disprove God created the world in six days

Posted by doctore0 on October 1, 2015

Morons :)

creationist-frog CONCERN has been raised over a new religious pressure group which is being proposed by MSPs with the backing of an exclusively Christian organisation that aims to “heal wounds inflicted by atheism”.

Three of the five proposed MSPs who will join the group backed a parliamentary motion asserting that science could not disprove that God created the world in six days.

A proposal will go before a Holyrood committee today to win approval for a cross-party group on religious freedom, saying the new body would be open to members of all faiths and none.

However, it is being backed by the organisation Aid to the Church in Need UK, which describes its aim as healing “wounds inflicted by atheism” through “prayer, sacrifice, conversion, information and active charity”.

The charity, which says it supports “the Catholic faithful and other Christians”, has already pledged £800 in kind to the Holyrood group and it is proposed that its communications executive will act as the parliamentary group’s secretary.

Dave Thompson, an SNP backbencher, earmarked the current refugee crisis as an example of an issue the group would take an interest in.

Aid to the Church in Need UK is running a campaign to raise the profile of exclusively Christian suffering “at a time when the refugee crisis is dominating the headlines.”
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The ex-Muslim Britons who are persecuted for being atheists

Posted by doctore0 on September 28, 2015

Many people take for granted the right to choose to leave the religion of their childhood. But not everybody has that choice, writes Samira Ahmed.

It sounds like a crime from a medieval history book. Apostasy is the decision to renounce a faith and/or convert to another religion.

It’s not recorded in the Census, but the 2011 figures show the number of people in England and Wales who say they have no religion nearly doubled in the 10 years since 2001 to a quarter of the population.

In the same time the number of Muslims in England and Wales grew by 80% to 2.7 million.

And among some of Britain’s urban Muslims – nearly half of whom were born in the UK and are under 24 – there’s a belief that leaving Islam is a sin and can even be punished by death.

An investigation for the BBC has found evidence of young people suffering threats, intimidation, being ostracised by their communities and, in some cases, encountering serious physical abuse when they told their families they were no longer Muslims.

There are also local councils that seem to have little awareness of the issue or any policy on how to protect these vulnerable young people.
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Meet three people targeted for being atheists, and a Muslim leader condemning their “beliefs”

Posted by doctore0 on September 25, 2015

There’s been a series of violent murders of Bangladeshi internet bloggers, accused of being atheists by Islamist groups – with four killed so far this year. In the videos and stories below, you can meet the people living through this situation.
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Bible Belt Atheist

Posted by doctore0 on September 23, 2015

In this short documentary, a former Pentecostal preacher starts a secular congregation in the heart of the Bible Belt.

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Muhammad Syed: Ex-Muslim

Posted by doctore0 on September 22, 2015

Muhammad Syed is an ex-Muslim and President of the Ex-Muslims of North America. He spent a few minutes with Seth Andrews in conversation about his former faith.

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Keyboard heroes: Bangladesh’s atheist bloggers speak out

Posted by doctore0 on September 22, 2015

and free from dogma

and free from dogma

Atheist bloggers are being brutally murdered one by one in Bangladesh. And yet, as I investigated this story for BBC Our World, the extreme violence of the killings was not – for me at least – the most surprising thing.

Here are the facts in brief: in recent years, a group of people who deny the existence of God, using both rational arguments and dark and satirical humour to do so, has grown up on the Bangladeshi internet. In this mostly Muslim nation, these bloggers attracted the attention of Islamist groups who initially wanted them arrested.

Now, something much darker has started happening. Atheists are being brutally hacked to death, picked off one by one by a shadowy underworld of extremist groups. Four have been killed so far this year.

But that wasn’t the most surprising thing.

Instead, after making our BBC World News film, the thing that stayed with me most was that Bangladesh’s online atheists and secular voices continue to speak out – including to our BBC team in frank on-camera interviews.

In other words, here in the third most populous Muslim nation in the world, the rationalists and atheists are not only vocal and sometimes scathing about the Islamic faith – but they are also refusing to back down.
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Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

Posted by doctore0 on September 22, 2015

Do not want, thank gawd hevn is not real :)

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”
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P.S. Mark 16:16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.

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