On behalf of Deah, Yusor, and Razan

This video speaks for itself:

What the great late Christopher Hitchens said about the last set of Muhammad cartoons

More relevant today than ever!

Prescient words of wisdom…

TheThinkingAtheist: 10 Women Christian Men Shouldn’t Marry

Ah, good old Christian values:

EDIT:

Oh, and an afterthought:  this is AronRa’s respnse to Denis Prager’s miniseries ‘The Ten Commandments’

JE SUIS ERIC!

Earlier, I wrote about Eric Brazeau’s upcoming trial and I said he had already served more time in jail than was possible for the ‘crime’ he had committed.

I was wrong!

I did not expect the judge would not only sentence him to double what the prosecution was seeking, but also that the judge would not apply the usual 2.5 to 1 credit for time served pre-trial, as is customary in Canada…

Oh, how naive I feel…

So, let me be the first to say:

JE SUIS

ERIC BRAZEAU!

One of the most distrusted professions in Canada is ‘lawyers’.

The other one is ‘politicians’.

Yet our judges are ‘patronage appointments’ of lawyers by their politician buddies.

Ever wonder what is wrong with our judicial system?

Me too!!!

I just can’t put my finger on it….

Killing Islam’s Critics: not just for terrorists any more!

Everybody, well, everybody with a functioning brain, that is, is outraged about the jihadist terrorists’ murder-spree at Charlie Hebdo.

I think I made my views on this clear.

And, predictably enough, them ‘nothing-to-do-with-Islam’ chaps of the Islamic State (aka IS aka ISIS aka ISIL) claimed responsibility for the Charlie Habdo murders and gloated that more such attacks are coming.

Savages!

No, I will not call them ‘Barbarians’ because I would never insult Barbarians by likening them to these savages!

But, at least they are just rogues, playing at a state, right?

It’s not actual UN (ok, I’m choking on this phrase, but roll with it) actual UN recognized countries, right?

And certainly not any ally of ours, right?

Weeeeeeeel, not so much!

Flogging is a punishment often inflicted on Muslims by Islamist governments, because Sharia (Islamic law) commands it.  And all Islamist governments are guided by Sharia – including the ones our young men and women had liberated.

Like Afghanistan.  Whose new Constitution, drafted with the help of Western ‘liberators’, cites Sharia as the ultimate ruling authority.

And the punishment of flogging is often so severe, those being punished the victims often die.  Unless the sentence is broken up into ‘managable’ bits:  you know, just to the brink of death, let you recover, flog some more – almost to the brink of death, let you recover, and so on.  This is how the torture is maximized.

That is pure Sharia.

That is pure Islam.

And that is what our closest ally in the Arab world is doing to Raif Badawi.

JE SUIS CHARLIE!

What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine: Waleed Al Husseini spent 10 months in prison for being an atheist

We must do all we can to protect religious minorities – and areligious minoritites – living under the yoke of totalitarianism everywhere.  Liberal and free thinkers in the Muslim world are a case in point.

‘I was beaten by prison guards who demanded to know who had made me write against Islam. In their minds, I could only say these things as the result of some plot, some conspiracy. The idea that I might simply want to express my independent thoughts was alien to them.

The 10 months I spent in Palestinian prison were the worse of my life. I faced constant pressure to retract my statements. I was told they had removed my blog and that I must apologize for publishing it. Even once I was freed, I was told I should never again use the Internet, nor meet with the media.
For months after my release, I was harassed by the security services, who further interrogated me and detained me without cause. I received letters from people saying they wanted to kill me.’

Read the rest here.

It takes no courage to speak up and repeat the popular points of view:  we must give absolute protection to freedom of speech even to those voices we disagree with.  And we must support people willing to speak up, even at personal risk, whether we agree with them or not!

As for regimes that limit and oppress freedom of speech:  we must fight them every step of the way!

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