Joni Mitchell and Michael Ondaatje

For some reason, I conflated the news that Joni Mitchell may or may not be in a coma with the news that Michael Ondaatje has withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala because PEN intends to honour the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a Freedom of Expression Courage … Continue reading

Blasphemy Law News: Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia

Canadian Atheist readers will know that Centre For Inquiry Canada and a host of other organizations from around the world have created the International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws (ICABL).  As a result of this coalition, I receive letters and information regarding blasphemy laws from around the globe. This week, I received … Continue reading

“News Media Have a Duty to Publish Controversial Cartoons”

Today, Atheist Freethinkers published a press release explaining why the media should publish the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons: For immediate release News Media Have a Duty to Publish Controversial Cartoons Montreal, February 24th 2015 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, denounces … Continue reading

Recommended Reading

Ever since the odious terrorist attack against the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th 2015, we have been told repeatedly that the cartoons published in that magazine are offensive, vulgar, provocative, etc. Is that really the case? David Rand Atheist Freethinkers’ new site Atheology features David Rands blog … Continue reading

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