Preacher arrested for calling homosexuality a sin to sue police department

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.

Charges dropped in ‘gay sin’ claim

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.

Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin

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.

After murder plot: Swedish papers publish cartoon depicting Muhammad as a dog

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.”

Geert Wilders to test British free speech with anti-Muslim film screening

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.

Islam critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands

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.”

Danish auction house drops controversial cartoonist’s work

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

Malaysia hearings start in Catholic fight over use of the word ‘Allah’

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.

Christian hoteliers cleared in Muslim woman abuse row

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.

Trial begins of Christians who criticised Islam

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]

Scientology foe’s arrest raises issue of rights

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.

Lawyer sues to end Dallas group’s ‘threat’ prayers

Prayer A former military lawyer who served in the Reagan White House and worked for Ross Perot is suing a Dallas-based religious organization in a case that could test the limits of free speech and prayer.

Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said he wants Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former U.S. Navy chaplain, to “stop asking Jesus to plunder my fields … seize my assets, kill me and my family then wipe away our descendants for 10 generations.”

Taking aim at God on ‘Blasphemy Day’

Blasphemy Day Outraged by nations that want to execute blasphemers and propelled by a deep belief in the freedom of expression, Lindsay is forging ahead with his “nothing is sacred” movement.

Wednesday marks the first organized observance of Blasphemy Day, a series of events, exhibits and lectures unfolding in a host of mostly North American cities that are part of a larger Campaign for Free Expression.

Artist Who Set Off Muslim Fury Visits New York City

Mohammed bomb cartoon A Danish caricaturist is making his first tour of the United States since the 2005 publication of his cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked fury across the Muslim world, according to a Danish press freedom group that is promoting the trip.

Muslims throughout the world rioted in anger at the cartoon — and 11 eleven others — and the artist became the target of a terrorist plot.

Scientology attacks free speech in Australia

Scientology Scientology has a lot to hide — and a lot of it has been exposed to daylight by the cult’s many critics.

That must hurt in the pocketbook, and thus the ‘church’ — which among other things is behind an anti-psychiatry hate group — has launched yet another on free speech.

Yale criticized for nixing Muslim cartoons in book

Islamic extremism Yale University is publishing “The Cartoons That Shook the World” about how cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad caused outrage, violence and other bad behavior across the Muslim world.

But it won’t include the cartoons themselves — for fear of further violence on the part of Muslim extremists.

Mohammed cartoonist accuses BBC of appeasing Muslim fanatics by not showing interview

Kurt Westergaard The BBC has been accused of appeasement of radical Islam by the artist behind one of the infamous cartoons of Mohammed.

Kurt Westergaard claims the corporation’s decision not to air a recent interview with him came because they are petrified of upsetting Muslims extremists.

UN body OKs call to curb religious criticism

Islam The U.N.’s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.

This ludicrous notion is an assault on free speech and an insult to civilized people everywhere. Islam is a deeply trouble religion whose beliefs and practices must be scrutinized and be subject to criticism.

Scientology protests prompt new Riverside County law

Protest against Scientology slave camps Protesters targeting a Church of Scientology compound in one California county now face stricter limits on how they can conduct demonstrations, according to a new ordinance adopted Tuesday by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Critics of the measure say it needlessly constrains free speech.
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