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 Free Speech

Tuesday July 20, 2010
Free SpeechHate GroupsScientology:
Scientology A councillor is facing a disciplinary hearing after calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” in a post on the Twitter website.

Wales’ public standards watchdog said John Dixon is likely to have breached the code of conduct for local authority members with his short message last year.

Religion News Blog, whose publishers consider Scientology to be a destructive cult, often files news about the organization under the header ‘hate group’ — in light of the cult’s lengthy history of hate- and harassment activities.

Tuesday July 13, 2010
ChristianityFree SpeechIslamRNB's Religion News Blog:
Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival.

Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18 of New York, and David Wood, 34, also of New York, face fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail. Dearborn authorities said the four “chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate” as they handed out religious literature and talking with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called “Acts 17 Apologetics.”

Festival rules require religious groups to distribute information at paid booths or outside the event. Indeed, Christians who followed the festival’s rules have not encountered problems this year or any other year they attended.

Saturday June 26, 2010
EvangelismFree SpeechHomosexuality / Lesbianism / Bisexuality / TransgenderismRNB's Religion News Blog:
The Twin Cities Pride Festival cannot prevent an evangelical Christian from passing out Bibles and discussing his views against homosexuality at this weekend’s event, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Twin Cities Pride argued that its rights should take precedence because it’s paying $36,000 to lease Loring Park on the edge of downtown Minneapolis for the two-day event. The group also said Johnson contradicts the festival’s “message of celebration and pride in being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”

But the judge ruled that the 42-acre park is a public forum, so Johnson’s free-speech rights must be honored. Tunheim said Johnson is entitled to go ahead with his plans as long as he remains undisruptive.

Tuesday June 22, 2010
Free SpeechIslamRNB's Religion News Blog:
On Friday four Christian men were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly trying to convert Muslims attending the 15th annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, MI.

Thursday May 27, 2010
Free Speech:
Dale McAlpine Dale Mcalpine was charged with a public order offence after speaking to a community support officer (PCSO) in Workington, Cumbria, in April.

The charge was later dropped by Cumbria Police, which said it respected freedom of expression.

Monday May 17, 2010
Free SpeechReligious Freedom:
Dale McAlpine Dale Mcalpine, 42, was charged with a public order offence and hauled away by three police officers after preaching to shoppers in Workington, Cumbria last month.

But after an outcry from Christian groups, civil liberty supporters – and even gay rights activists, the charges have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Monday May 3, 2010
Free Speech:
Free Speech Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.

Christian campaigners have expressed alarm that the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans, is being used to curb religious free speech.

Wednesday March 10, 2010
Free SpeechIslam:
Lars Viks cartoon At least three Swedish newspapers published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog after an alleged plot to murder the artist who created it was uncovered in Ireland.

Dagens Nyheter said in an editorial that “Vilks doesn’t stand alone in this conflict. A threat against him is, in the long term, also a threat against all Swedes.”

Tuesday February 2, 2010
Free SpeechIslam:
Geert Wilders Geert Wilders, the radical anti-Muslim Dutch politician, will seek to test free speech in Britain next month when he makes a second attempt to visit the House of Lords to screen a controversial film equating Islam to Nazism.

Lord Ahmed, a Muslim peer, has promised to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to block Mr Wilders from entering the House of Lords.

Wednesday January 20, 2010
Free SpeechIslam:
Geert Wilders Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is due to appear in an Amsterdam court on Wednesday on charges of religious insult and anti-Islam incitement.

The prosecution claims his 2008 short film “Fitna“, as well as statements made in interviews and speeches, incite hatred against Muslims. Wilders has called Islam a “backward” culture and the Koran a “fascist book that incites people to violence.”

Tuesday January 19, 2010
Free Speech:
Islamic suicide bombings A fundraising auction in Denmark on Tuesday generated debate about free speech after the auction house declined to include a water colour by the newspaper cartoonist who caused outrage among Muslims worldwide in 2006, DPA reports.

A Muslim hate criminal recently attempted to kill the cartoonist

Monday December 14, 2009
Catholic ChurchFree SpeechIslam:
Malaysia Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church urged a court Monday to let Christians use “Allah” as a translation for God and overturn a government ban that has become a symbol of religious grievances in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

In 2008 The Herald, a weekly magazine circulated among the country’s 850,000 Catholics, nearly lost its publishing licence for using the disputed word.

Wednesday December 9, 2009
Free SpeechIslam:
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang A district judge questioned the character of a Muslim convert as he dismissed the case against husband and wife Christian hoteliers who she claimed had deeply offended her new-found religion.

He suggested that Mrs Ericka Tazi’s account of the events could not be relied upon and that she was not quite the religious person she presented herself as the witness box.

Tuesday December 8, 2009
Free SpeechPolitically-Correct LooneysReligious Persecution:
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang In the UK(!) the criminal trial of a Christian couple charged with a public order offence for criticising Islam begins today.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang of Aintree in Liverpool are being prosecuted for a “religiously aggravated” public order offence. [video]

Wednesday November 11, 2009
Free SpeechScientology:
Scientology The arrest of a member of an anti-Scientology group on terrorism-related charges last month thrust Las Vegas into the forefront of a worldwide dispute between the group and the celebrity-laden church.

Authorities say they believed acts of violence were about to be committed against the Las Vegas Scientology church, which is creating a new 36,845-square-foot center on Eastern Avenue to cater to celebrities.

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