Archive for: June, 2011

Louisiana House Approves Ten Commandments Monument at Capitol (Reuters)

EXCERPT: "Williams' bill provides for installation of a monument up to six feet tall, to be paid for with private donations. He says he modeled the bill on a Texas law that allowed placement of a granite monument displaying the Commandments on the Texas Capitol grounds, where it stands among more than a dozen monuments to historical figures and events." […]

 
 

Cosmic Conflict & the Future (of America)

"Sometimes momentous times are seen to be such only in hindsight. I believe we are living in such momentous times." Sigve Tonstad

 
 

Thailand Calls for Ban on Religious Tattoos for Tourists (CNN)

EXCERPT: Thailand's Culture Ministry wants to ban tourists from getting religious tattoos after noticing an alarmingly high number of foreigners sporting deities that were inked in parlors in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. As the Phuket Gazette reports, Culture Minister Niphit Intharasombat told reporters this week that Phuket's Culture Office had noticed many tourists are getting inked up with religious images such […]

 
 

Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Texas Graduation Prayer (AP)

EXCERPT: Public prayer will be allowed at a Texas high school graduation after a federal appeals court on Friday reversed a ban won by an agnostic family that claimed ceremony traditions such as invocations were unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency appeal filed by the Medina Valley Independent School District. Its San Antonio-area high school […]

 
 

Article18: Saudi Arabia — Prominent Saudi Cleric Hopes Women Who Violate Driving Ban Incur Wrath of God and Die

Article18: Saudi Arabia — Prominent Saudi Cleric Hopes Women Who Violate Driving Ban Incur Wrath of God and Die

By Martin Surridge – Of the dozen or so countries that Article18 has profiled so far, Saudi Arabia might be the most repressive when it comes to religious freedoms. The famously oil-rich Middle Eastern nation is one of the world's few remaining absolute monarchies, and the west consistently turns a blind eye towards its human rights abuses because of its […]