Topic / Censorship

There is a tsunami of atheism in the ‘Muslim world’

I was recently interviewed by Thomas Mahler for the French Le Point. The Freethinker is the first to publish the English version of the interview which has made a lost of waves in France. Born in Tehran in 1966, Maryam Namazie left Iran after the advent of the Islamic Republic in 1979. This leftist woman, […]

Clerics to get new powers to monitor TV output in Indonesia

Self-censorship in Indonesia has reached absurd heights in Indonesia, spurred by the fears that stations may be shut down by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) by for showing inappropriate content. For example, the picture above shows blurred-out images of the Puteri Indonesia 2016 beauty contest. Close-ups of breasts, thighs or buttocks are not allowed on […]

Vatican’s Christmas display is too gay, say shocked observers

Banned by Facebook, but accepted by Twitter, a photograph of a section of the Vatican’s 2017 nativity scene went viral this month – and provoked accusations of inappropriate homoeroticism. A photo of the scene, which includes representations of seven corporal works of mercy – Catholic acts of penance and charity – was first posted on […]

Indian politician wants an actress and filmmaker killed

Suraj Pal Amu, above, a member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party, yesterday (Sunday) offered a $1.5-m (£1.14-m) bounty to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that depicts a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler. According to this report, Padmavati was set to be […]

Kenyan censor appalled by photograph of ‘crazy gay lions’

When Ezekiel Mutua, the head of the Kenya Film Classification Board, saw a photo of two male lions apparently having sex, he instantly blamed gays whom he suggested might have influenced the animals. He is quoted here as saying: These animals need counseling, because probably they have been influenced by gays who have gone to […]

Jesuit priest slams church over canceled human rights festival

Rev James Martin, above, has waded into a row over the cancellation of a human rights arts festival that was to take place on yesterday (Sunday) at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in New York. The festival included a comedy improvisation, “Thank You for Coming Out”,  about revealing gay identity, and a series of original cabaret […]

Abuse in the Catholic Church: seven priests to go on trial

Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, above – along with six other priests – is to be tried in France on charges of failing to report historical child abuse According to this report, the seven have been ordered to appear in court for allegedly not speaking out against abuse said to have been committed by another […]

Portland, Tennessee, to be targeted by angry drag queens

Back in 2014, Portland – a city of about 12,000 with 42 churches – found itself in the midst of a row when religious pillocks erected a huge anti-gay billboard above a busy highway. At the time, Vietnam veteran and Portland resident Ronnie Monday, who initiated placing the billboard, said he felt the statement was […]

Jesus turns wine into water – Catholics in India are appalled

An amusing ad for Australian meat was attacked today by the the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India for, among other things, showing Jesus turning wine into water for a ‘designated driver’ attending a dinner party. According to this report, the Australian advertising campaign launched by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) features “revered” mythical figures […]

Malaysia cracks down on fighting Jesus video game

A company called Steam has incurred the wrath of the Malaysian authorities by promoting a video game that pits mythological deities, Jesus included, against one another. The Steam blurb for Fight of Gods reads: Your prayers have been answered! For the first time ever, gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe and […]