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Does this set a record for smug nastiness?

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 22 August 2012 Comments

Tony Nicklinson died today. His appalling suffering is now at an end, no thanks whatsoever to our judges or our parliament. Obviously all decent people will feel glad for him, but I would add sorry...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Blasphemy Laws Exposed: The Consequences of Criminalizing “Defamation of Religions”

- - human rights first - 20 August 2012 Comments

FOR OVER A DECADE, efforts have been made in several venues at the United Nations to promote the concept that States have an obligation to adopt and enforce laws against the “defamation of...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Richard Dawkins gets it right. Sarah Wollaston misunderstands.

Eric MacDonald - Choice in Dying - 20 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins has put up a new essay on assisted dying over at richarddawkins.net , in response to the High Court’s decision in the case of Tony Nicklinson and someone named simply AM, who is...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia

Rafael Romo - CNN - 19 August 2012 Comments

The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter's health first. The 16-year-old's...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS

Mississippi church refuses to marry black couple

AP - CBC News - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Roedy for the link Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson in their home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. (WLBT TV/Associated Press) A Mississippi couple says the church where they...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Dominican Republic abortion ban stops treatment for pregnant teen with cancer

Rafael Romo - CNN - 27 July 2012 Comments

In the Dominican Republic, a ban on abortion is preventing a teenage girl from receiving treatment for a life-threatening disease. At the Semma Hospital in the captial city of Santo Domingo, a...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS

Former Argentinian dictator says he told Catholic Church of disappeared

Tom Hennigan - IrishTimes.com - 25 July 2012 Comments

Jorge Videla said the hierarchy advised him on ‘managing’ the dirty war, writes TOM HENNIGAN  in São Paulo ARGENTINA’S FORMER military dictator said he kept the country’s Catholic hierarchy...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

US evangelical Christians accused of promoting homophobia in Africa

David Smith - The Guardian - 25 July 2012 Comments

Liberal thinktank says rightwingers are aggressively targeting the continent with an anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda Ugandans demonstrate against homosexuality in the streets of Jinja and urge...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Sanal Edamaruku says, “NO.”

Sanal Edamaruku - Rationalist International Bulletin - 23 July 2012 Comments

“I can understand that they might be inspired by the stories of Inquisition and Witch Hunting in the middle ages. We live in 21st century. There are courageous people who would defend the right to...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS

How dare you not defend Alex!

Maryam Namazie - Freethought Blogs - Maryam Namazie - 05 July 2012 Comments

In a letter to the editor in the latest edition of the National Secular Society’s very excellent Newsline, Raymond Carlise writes: I have considered Edward Conduit’s appeal to sign the petition...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS

Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years

Maryam Namazie - Freethought Blogs - Maryam Namazie - 17 June 2012 Comments

You may have heard that Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for saying ‘There is no god’ on Facebook. The Council of Ex-Muslims condemns the sentence...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM

Church accused of 'scaremongering'

Martha Linden, Joe Churcher - The Independent - 12 June 2012 60 Comments

The Church of England has been accused by gay rights campaigners of orchestrating a "masterclass in melodramatic scaremongering" after it warned that same sex marriage could threaten its...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW, RELIGION, SEXUALITY

Atheism and Human Rights Abuses in Africa

Leo Igwe - IEET - 31 May 2012 26 Comments

Today around the globe too many atrocities are being committed with impunity in the name of god, allah and other constructs, which have over the ages, been identified or associated with the so...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HARM, HUMAN RIGHTS

2,000 protesters support gay rights

Laura Graff - Winston-Salem Journal - 30 May 2012 14 Comments

The poster was about 5 feet tall and read, in three lines: "HOMO" "SEX IS" "SIN." Debra Demske traveled Sunday from Winston-Salem to Newton to protest anti-gay remarks made this month by...

TAGGED: HATE, HUMAN RIGHTS, SEXUALITY, SOCIETY

Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

Maryam Namazie - One Law for All - 30 May 2012 29 Comments

Update on Baroness Cox’s Equality Bill One Law for All has been spending a lot of time recently working with Caroline Cox and her team in promoting the Arbitration and Mediation Services...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, LAW

Religion, Witch Hunts, Homophobia and Human Rights in Africa

Leo Igwe - IEET - 27 May 2012 14 Comments

Religious laws are legalized religious doctrines. They are “revelations” turned into rules to govern society. Religious laws are sacred dogma institutionalized. They are sins criminalized. They are...

TAGGED: HARM, HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Indonesian atheist faces long jail sentence for posting "God doesn't exist" on Facebook

Paul Sims - New Humanist - 03 May 2012 52 Comments

The Guardian has a disturbing report on the plight of Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant who is currently in custody and facing an 11-year prison sentence for expressing his atheism on...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

- - Rationalist International - 14 April 2012 80 Comments

Update 14 April from e-mail to Richard Dawkins "Today, I turn to you in an extraordinary situation. Agents of the Catholic Church have filed an array of "Blasphemy cases" (u/s 295 of Indian...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

'Gay cure' group's London bus adverts banned

- - BBC - 14 April 2012 Comments

Thanks to Reason Saves for the link. An advertising campaign backed by a Christian group which has been described as anti-gay has been pulled from London buses. The ads were paid for by the...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, MEDIA

Petition: no jail time for birth control

Avaaz - Avaaz.org - 13 April 2012 68 Comments

Honduras is just days away from approving an extremist law that would put teenagers in prison for using the morning-after pill, even if they've just been raped. But we can stop this law and...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS