All Blog Posts Tagged 'speech' (26)

Who are the true "Islamophobes"?

To be "phobic" of something is normally taken to mean to be frightened of it. The Greek word phobos actually means fear or terror, so it would make sense to think that people who are "Islamophobic" are those who are frightened of Islam. However, in recent times, the term "islamophobic" has been used to describe those who publicly criticise Islam such as Richard Dawkins and other "new atheists" e.g. in a …

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Added by Scott McGreal on May 28, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Suggested Obama Speech Draft: Muslims Must Learn Tolerance

Good evening. Tonight I speak, as always, to my fellow Americans…but also to the entire Muslim world, from those who think theirs is a religion of peace…to the perpetrators of the ongoing insanity of blasphemy laws, jihads, and fatwas – all of you who call yourselves Muslims.

I want to talk to you about the recent resurgence of Muslim insanity.  Actually, most of Islam is insanity, but the same is true of all religions, and that’s beside the point.

Sometimes Muslims just go…

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Added by Alan Perlman on September 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — 23 Comments

Freethinkers and Skeptics In Ancient Literature Part I: Thersites the Contrarian

As an outlet for the repressed literature student in me, I'm starting up this new series that focuses on characters in ancient Western literature who show some sign of skepticism or freethinking. By extension I'll also show the quacks, charlatans or authorities they dare to annoy with their tiresome voices of…

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Added by Godless Poutine on April 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Judge rewards religious violence and punishes free speech.

Bill Burns

There is a petition to bring this judges decision to the attention of the governer:

https://www.change.org/petitions/judicial-conduct-board-of-pennsylvania-thomas-corbett-governor-of-pa-investigate-judge-mark-martin-for-condoning-religious-violence#



Judge’s dismissal of atheist's… Continue

Added by William Burns on February 28, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments

#twitterblackout today January 28 2012

Since i am o ff twitter today, i figured i would blog a little in a bit more than 140 chars. So here we go. Twitter is a great way of active social interaction between people, even between people from a very divers cultural and geographic backgrounds. Add to that, that this cultural interaction takes place in a very public space that is equally available directly to the "followers" of the individuals taking…

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Added by _7654_ on January 28, 2012 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Blasphemy is a right (says the UN)

What a lucky day. By chance i found something that obviously escaped my notice before and which i haven't found much reported in the media either.

Already last month the UN issued a statement concerning the freedom of speech in relation with the human rights convention.

 

Here is the good part (emphasis mine):

 

 

48.  Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:04am — No Comments

Should I have been living in Iran for Valentine's day?

Every year I either forget Valentine's day OR i spend too much money for nonsense.

I don't normally believe in special days to do special things. I rather prefer normal days to do special things. But tell that to a woman.

So while i spent some 40 Euros getting the usual "i love you" evidence ... flowers, chocolate etc. and spend some extra time preparing ... cleaning up the house, installing ambient light, preparing the couch and the bed, telling the kids to quarrel NOW and keep quiet… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 15, 2011 at 1:29am — 1 Comment

Pakistani blasphemy trial: stupidity knows no limits

In Pakistan a woman is sentenced to death for "defiling the sacred name of the holy prophet Mohamad".

GIVE ME A BREAK WILL YA ?

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on November 19, 2010 at 5:44am — No Comments

Another one to bite the dust because of peoples love of Allah

Blasphemy laws?
In order to protect the divine?
Or rather in order to kill people of different opinion?

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on November 18, 2010 at 3:35am — No Comments

Why must freedom of speech cost money?



Lars Vilks finished his lecture in Uppsala this week.

We all remember what happened…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on October 21, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

Charles Chilton Moore: The father of American atheism

In celebration of Freedom of Speech Week (observed October 18-24), I would like to illuminate the life of one of America's first prominent, outspoken atheists, Charles Chilton Moore, a man who was jailed for blasphemy because the sensitive Bible Belt dwellers of his time just couldn't stomach a little competition.



When one considers prominent United States atheists, depending on the social circles with which one regularly associates, the list is likely to be…

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Added by God is Pretend on October 16, 2010 at 1:35am — No Comments

Freedom of Oppression

The creator of the Draw Mohammed Day, Molly Norris, has been driven into hiding after the FBI accessed the death threats against her by Mulsims, and recommended she go into hiding.


Norris has taken the FBIs adivce and has gone ghost on her own dime - the government didn't even offer witness protection.


So what does this mean? It means the Islamic concept of the Dhimmi has been accepted by the American government. People like Norris are second…
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Added by goodthink on October 5, 2010 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao were all atheists, and look what they did!

This is a frequent and tiresome ad hominem frequently resorted to by religious fundamentalists fast approaching total cognitive surrender, and I'd like to include a complete rebuttal here before I forget it.



To begin with I'm going to leave Hitler to one side and examine our other three lumninaries. What did Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao Tse Tung all have in common apart from their atheism? Anyone? They all had a fanatical devotion to collectivism.



In short all three… Continue

Added by Anthony Moss on January 29, 2010 at 9:40am — 4 Comments

Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes (including some from Jesus!)



If I lived in Ireland right now, I couldn't legally say St. Patrick was responsible for a horrible crime: inflicting Christianity on the Emerald Isle. Image from Wikipedia.



Below is a… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

On a collision course...

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/703301



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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/islamic-nations-pursue-treaty-to-ban-blasphemy-70604142.html







Conflicting quotes from each article, these really stood out to me:



"The Islamic Conference "believes that the… Continue

Added by Sarah Elle on November 23, 2009 at 6:58pm — 8 Comments

In God We Trust Lawsuit Dismissed

Just read a passionate post by Hemant Mehta on Friendly atheist about the dismissed “In God We Trust” Lawsuit in which he makes three significant points.
  • "I’m no lawyer… but how is that phrase not an endorsement of religion over non-religion? (Not only that, you know the phrase refers to the Christian…
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Added by Crispy Sea on November 9, 2009 at 6:21pm — 4 Comments

Liberal/Conservative Atheists?

I have found my boyfriend and I to be somewhat of outcast amongst outcast in the nontheist community. Most atheist we know are very liberal in their view of the world while I myself consider myself in most respects to be conservative. I am pro-choice and I believe in gay rights 110% but thats pretty much where it ends. I'm a good old southern girl who likes her BBQ and gun rights. I have never felt so free as when I shrugged of the chains of the Death Cult of christianity so its hard for me to… Continue

Added by Red_Lillith on November 2, 2009 at 8:37pm — 25 Comments

Blasphemy or the Truth

While I respect the right of any person to believe as they wish, I also believe that the right to speak our minds freely and without fear of reprisal, intimidation or sanction is a hallmark of Western democracy. We should not surrender our rights in order to provide uncertain security in the face of violent opposition to contrary opinions. Ben Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.



There is… Continue

Added by Jack Carlson on October 28, 2009 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

Twitter's Free Speech Fail

Today was a very interesting day in the Twitterverse. This morning, Reverend Run (of RUN DMC) tweeted, “Know God, Know Peace. No God, No Peace.”. This clever use of words (as it often does) got theists all excited and they started obsessively retweeting the tired cliché.

Added by Randy Keating on October 21, 2009 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Palin's Farewell Speech: My Father Smelled of Eldeberries

Sarah Palin's leaving Alaska for a "higher calling". Here for your snarking pleasure, I give you her farewell speech - with commentary.



What an absolutely beautiful day it is, and it is my honor to speak to all Alaskans, to our Alaskan family this last time as your governor.
The honor part was cool, but actually being your Governor? That part sucked.
And it is always great to be in Fairbanks.
Check. Fairbanks = always… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 30, 2009 at 2:41pm — 29 Comments

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