Topic / Free speech

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 […]

US radio station slammed for cancelling Dawkins event

A radio station in Berkeley, California, has pulled the plug on a talk scheduled to be given by Professor Richard Dawkins in August, much to the fury of free speech advocates. KPFA, organisers of the talk, said it had cancelled the event because of Dawkins’ “abusive” comments about Islam. A statement from KPFA said: We […]

Hopes that New Zealand would bin its blasphemy laws dashed

Last week we reported that New Zealand was on the brink of scrapping its blasphemy laws, but today, to the anger of many, politicians voted to keep them. At least for a while longer. According to this report, parliament had the opportunity to remove decades-old anti-blasphemy laws but bailed out yesterday, leaving blasphemy an offence punishable […]

Muslim Council of Britain chief condemns Manchester atrocity

In the wake of last night’s terrorist attack which killed 22, including children, and injured 59,  Harun Khan, above, General Secretary of  the Muslim Council of Britain said: May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next. According to this report, at least 22 people, including children, were […]

Dagbladet’s anti-circumcision cartoon attacked by rabbi

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, has called on Norwegian authorities to take action against Dagbladet, a Norwegian paper that published an anti-circumcision cartoon earlier this week. According to this report, he described the cartoon, which equates Jewish and Muslim supporters of non-medical circumcision with paedophiles, as “hate speech”. The cartoon […]