Topic / Free speech

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 […]

Why is Facebook silencing atheist and ex-Muslim voices?

The answer, according to Muhammad Syed, above, President of the Ex-Muslims of North America, is that Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking Facebook pages they do not like. Syed, according to this report, took to Twitter earlier this week to report that the Facebook pages of Ex-Muslims of North America and Atheist Republic were restricted and then […]

Celebrating apostasy and blasphemy in London in July

The Freethinker interviews Maryam Namazi and Marieme Helie Lucas ahead of the International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21 Century scheduled to take place in London between July 22 and 24, 2017. Why organise an international conference on free conscience and expression? Maryam Namazie: Atheists and freethinkers are targeted by Islamists […]

Bible pest Michael Jones gets £3,000 payout from police

The annoying evangelist who upset people in the East Yorkshire town of Beverley with his persistent street preaching was awarded the cash by Humberside Police after charges of religious harassment against him were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. According to this report, Jones, 66, was due to face trial for religious harassment over claims he […]

Good news: Singapore blogger is granted asylum in the US

Teenage blogger Amos Yee, above, who was jailed twice in Singapore for posting political and religious criticism online, has been granted asylum in the United States, according to the BBC. Yee, 18, was detained in the US when he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in December. He came into the country on a tourist visa […]

Secular Muslim warns against ‘predators of liberty’ in the UK

Maajid Usman Nawaz, above, a politician, broadcaster and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society today hit out at the Muslims who aimed death threats and abuse at a young teenage girl who was filmed ‘twerking’ in a Birmingham street while wearing a hijab. Writing for The Daily Beast, the reformed Islamist wrote: The […]

UK man, critical of Christianity, is banned from churches

Robert Skynner, above – creator of The Christian Comedy Channel on YouTube who was jailed for eight weeks for harassing a Christian couple – has now been barred from entering any church or place of worship for five years. According to this report, Skynner, 55, appealed his sentence and conviction after serving his sentence, but […]

Doors slamming shut in the US

Trump’s war on free everything is raging right along over here. (I apologize for his manners toward Theresa May. He just doesn’t know how to act. That hand-holding thing was gruesome, and we’re all embarrassed about it.) He attacks the free press nearly every day; he attacks freedom to protest, freedom from forced pregnancy, freedom […]