Atheist comedian Patton Oswalt of "King of Queens" fame has denounced Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins for their repeated criticisms of Islam by comparing the controversial figures to the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church clan.
Oswalt, who's also known for his role on the TV comedy series "Two and a Half Men," told Salon: "I feel, as an atheist, about people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher the way that Christians must feel about Fred Phelps."
Adding to his comments about Maher's outspoken observations on Islam, Oswalt said: "If you look at Christianity and Judaism when they were young, they were violent. … But right now I would say there's a bigger percentage of that in Islam, but still that percentage is still small. Again, he [Maher] is discounting all of the moderate, progressive, intelligent, horrified Muslims." more >>
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," a documentary heavily critical of the organization will debut on HBO on March 29, and the Church of Scientology has responded to it with a five-page letter expressing its views about the movie and what it says to be false claims made by the film makers.
"In two hours this film racks up more falsehoods, errors, embellished tales and blatant omissions than were committed by Rolling Stone, Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly combined," the letter to The Hollywood Reporter stated. "By our calculation, the film on average includes at least one major error every two minutes."
However, "Going Clear" director Alex Gibney defended his film, which is based on the book by Lawrence Wright. He explained that THR "asked [the church] 20 fact-based, reasoned questions. The church didn't respond to any of them. Instead, they sent a five-page letter full of nasty invective character assassinations and innuendo, which is very typical of the church," he said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. more >>
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, of the famous Italian luxury industry fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, and who were at one time in romantic relationship with each other, declared that they believe in "the traditional family." Singer Elton John and gay activist groups are reacting by calling for a boycott of the designers.
"The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging," Gabbana told Panorama magazine, according to First Things.
Dolce added that procreation has to be "an act of love." more >>
Today marks nine years since I did something that profoundly changed my life. On March 16, 2006, as college students at Georgia Tech, Orit Sklar and I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against our school for free speech and religious liberty. It was a significant decision, but after much prayer, consideration, and counsel, our love of liberty and our love for Georgia Tech compelled us to take this stand so that every student's First Amendment rights would be respected.
Specifically, the goals of our suit – filed by Alliance Defending Freedom – were: 1) to hold GT accountable for selective enforcement of its speech codes, which resulted in mainstream conservative speech often being considered "hate speech" and "intolerant," while politically-charged, far-out-of-the-mainstream Leftist speech was considered part of the "intellectual diversity" purportedly valued by the Institute; 2) to challenge GT's unlawful discrimination against religious and political groups by refusing to fund them with the Student Activity Fee; and 3) to confront GT's endorsement of certain religious views and ridicule of others through the Institute-run "Safe Space" program. In other words, we wanted free speech for all students, we wanted equal rights for all organizations, and we wanted the Institute to abide by the U.S. Constitution by ceasing to promote certain religions over others.
Orit and I – along with other like-minded students – had endured literally years of censorship and condemnation of our actions and beliefs from Institute officials whenever our views were not in line with the extreme agenda they were desperately trying to promote in the name of tolerance. This was especially apparent when it came to matters of morality and sexuality; for example, on one occasion Institute officials forced us to take down a display confronting radical feminism, and another time administrators pressured us to participate in Coming Out Week, to name just two incidents from our litany of run-ins with campus authorities. more >>
Over 100,000 Americans have expressed their support for a U.S. Navy chaplain who's facing a possible career-ending discipline after he voiced his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during a counseling session with sailors.
In early 2014, a small group of sailors asked for a private counseling session with Navy Chaplain Wes Modder, and asked about the spiritual nature of certain types of personal conduct.
Modder, who has served over 15 years as a Navy chaplain after serving four years in the Marines, answered according to his Pentecostal faith. However, the group of sailors did not agree with Modder's Christian views and later complained. more >>
The son of a Pakistani Christian servant, who was accused of stealing from her employer's home, was killed by local police officers last weekend after he was arrested and beaten in hopes that his beating would force his mother to confess to the burglary.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported that the body of 20-year-old Zubair Rashid Masih was dumped onto the street in front of his mother's home in the early morning of March 8 in the Shamsabad area of the Punjab province.
On March 4, his mother, Aysha Bibi, was arrested on charges that she stole about 35,000 rupees and 100 grams in gold ornaments from the home where she worked as a domestic servant. more >>