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Tuesday June 22, 2010 Free Speech • Islam • RNB's Religion News Blog:
On Friday four Christian men
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 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 Speech • Religious Freedom:
, 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:
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.
Tuesday February 2, 2010 Free Speech • Islam:
, 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 Speech • Islam:
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilder
s 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:
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 Church • Free Speech • Islam:
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 Speech • Islam:
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.
Wednesday November 11, 2009 Free Speech • 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
Tuesday October 27, 2009 Church and State:
A school district in Georgia, USA, recently decided that cheerleaders could not longer display banners with Bible verses at school football games — one of those ‘Church and State’ issues.
Result? More bible banners than ever, now displayed by fans in the stands instead of cheerleaders on the field.
While constitutional experts agree with the new policy, and many locals understand why it is being applied, the fans are using their right to free speech.
Sunday September 20, 2009 Politically-Correct Looneys • Religious Persecution:
A Christian Couple face losing their livelihood after being charged with a criminal offence for offending a Muslim woman by saying that Islamic dress is oppressive.
This attack on free speech is the latest example of religious persecution based on political correctness in the UK.
Wednesday September 16, 2009 Free Speech • Hate Groups • 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.
Tuesday September 8, 2009 Censorship • Free Speech • Islam:
Wednesday March 4, 2009 Free Speech • Scientology:
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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