A Mix of Wins and Losses in the 2014 Midterm Elections

November 05, 2014

The Republican Party has won control of the United States Senate, giving Republicans control of both chambers of Congress next year. Yet, as important as this shift is, it is not the complete story on yesterday’s elections. In fact, you might be heartened to learn of some lesser-known results. To help fill you in, here's a brief summary of noteworthy results for the secular, skeptic, and humanist communities.

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Raif Badawi, Appeal Denied, Will Soon Face Brutal Punishment for Blasphemy - UPDATED

September 04, 2014

Saudi Arabia's appeals court in Mecca has confirmed the sentence of human rights activist Raif Badawi, 30, to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and a one million riyal fine (USD $266,631). We must raise our voices to end the brutality.

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Obama Set to Bar Discrimination Against LGBT Workers, Without a Religious Exemption

July 18, 2014

On Monday, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that will bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, according to news outlets. And, in a major win for advocates of secular government, the order will reportedly not include an exemption for religious organizations.

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Why CFI Is Suspending Its Support for ENDA

July 11, 2014

After the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Center for Inquiry has decided to suspend its support for ENDA until the bill's religious exemption is either greatly narrowed or scrapped altogether.

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Saudi Rights Activist Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

July 08, 2014

Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a 15-year travel ban after his release, and fined 200,000 riyals for "inciting public opinion against the government" and "insulting the country's leaders and judiciary."

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Saudi Arabia Tries to Stop Center for Inquiry From Delivering Statement at Human Rights Council

June 23, 2014

This morning at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Saudi Arabia tried three times to stop the Center for Inquiry (CFI) from delivering a statement criticizing the country for its human rights violations. Ultimately, their efforts failed, and CFI was allowed to speak. 

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Raif Badawi sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam

May 07, 2014

Raif Badawi, founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network, has been sentenced to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined one million riyal (USD $266,631) for insulting Islam. 

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Alexander Aan released from prison

January 31, 2014

Yes, the news reports are accurate: Alexander Aan, a former Indonesian civil servant jailed for expressing his lack of belief in a God on Facebook, was released from prison January 27 after serving 18 months of a 30-month sentence. 


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International Blasphemy Rights Day: An Interview With Persecuted Atheists

September 30, 2013

The Center for Inquiry will mark International Blasphemy Rights Day on Monday, September 30, part by hosting an online discussion with Alber Saber and Kacem El-Ghazzali, both of whom have been forced to leave their home countries over blasphemy charges.

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Ban on “Pulpit Politicking” Protects Taxpayers, Religious Believers

August 14, 2013

Religious leaders today released a new report that calls for an end to the ban on tax-exempt organizations, such as houses of worship and nonprofit groups, engaging in partisan political activities. But, despite what its opponents claim, the ban is based on sound reasoning.

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