Topic / Free speech

‘Nazi dog’ man Mark Meechan vows to appeal £800.00 fine

The fine was imposed on Meechan, above right, at Airdrie Sheriff Court a month after he was found guilty of a hate crime: posting a video on YouTube of a pug giving ‘Nazi’ salutes. According to this BBC report, Meechan said he would appeal the sentence imposed on him yesterday by Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, who […]

Indian cartoonist who ‘hurt Hindu feelings’ faces charges

The Hyderabad police have registered a case against Swathi Vadlamudi, a journalist working for an English daily, for a cartoon she created in response to high profile rape cases in India. According to this report, after Vadlamudi posted the cartoon on her Facebook page, an official complaint was lodged against her on Monday by Hindu […]

‘Nazi pug’ case: Scottish court finds man guilty of hate crime

Mark Meechan, 30, pictured above with a pug called Buddha, will be sentenced next month after he was found guilty this week of posting a video on YouTube that was ‘anti-semitic and racist in nature’. According to this report, Meechan filmed the dog – his girlfriend’s pet – giving Nazi salutes. It responded to statements such […]

US bus company’s rejection of an atheist ad sparks a lawsuit

Residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania, are a godly bunch. So devout, in fact, that a local bus company rejected the ad pictured above because it feared the word ‘atheists’ it might spark violence. The rejection of the ad by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) occurred in 2015, and shortly after the American Civil Liberties Union […]

Gagged priest gets his voice back and attacks xenophobia

A few years back priest and journalist Fr Adam Boniecki, above, angered  the Catholic Church in Poland by sounding off about its too cozy relationship with racist, right-wing elements in the country. Things came to a head in 2011 when he when he defended efforts by the liberal, anti-clerical Palikot Movement – now called Your […]

Florida pastor vows to destroy planned Satanic holiday display

Pastor Mark Boykin, above, senior pastor at the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, has a sledgehammer. And he told media this week that he plans to use it to knock down a display due to be set up in a local park to honour Satan. Boykin said in this report: In essence they’re […]

Meat ad moaners told to get lost by advertising watchdog

Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has dismissed complaints filed by Hindu groups against a controversial advertisement which featured Lord Ganesha at a nosh-up attended by a collection of deities. According to this report, despite numerous complaints lodged by Hindu groups across the globe, the ASB declared the ad  – created by the Meat and Livestock […]

German courts refuse to take pasta-based religion seriously

A legal battle over whether or not the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an ideological organisation could end up in the European Court of Justice, according to the church’s chairman Rüdiger Weida, above, who goes by the pastafari name of ‘Brother Spaghettus’. Weida’s legal tussle with the authorities in the small German town […]

Californians will get to hear Dawkins promote his new book

Just days after Berkeley public radio station KPFA abruptly cancelled a talk by Professor Richard Dawkins, citing his ‘Islamophobia’ as the reason, a bookshop in Corte Madera, Marin County, has stepped in to give the evolutionary biologist a platform. According to this report, Karen West, above, Events Director for Corte Madera’s Books Passage, said in […]

Fire Brigades Union called out over heated Pride blog post

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is awaiting a response from the Fire Brigades Union to a letter it wrote after a member of the union said in a blog post that there should be no place at London Pride for the CEMB. After Lucy Masoud, above, treasurer of the Fire Brigades Union in […]