Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, has been assassinated by one of his bodyguards for his open criticism of the country’s draconian blasphemy laws. Taseer had been speaking out on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. Â With allies like these, who needs enemies?
On a less serious note, and closer to home, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Mount Soledad Cross unconstitutional. Â If you’re not familiar with it, this is a 29-foot-tall concrete monument that has been transformed into a “war memorial,” with advocates claiming that the cross is a universal symbol honoring fallen soldiers, and not inherently a religious symbol. Â Go figure.
Plus:Â The Holey Scripture!Â We continue our exploration of the psychedelic creepiness that is the Book of Revelation.
John and Allison will be attending the upcoming Southeast Atheist Regional Meet (SERAM) in Huntsville, Alabama, January 29-30. Â Please say hi. Â Speakers at SERAM include AA president Dave Silverman, AA legal director Edwin Kagin, AA communications director Blair Scott, Secular Coalition for America executive director Sean Faircloth, Brother Richard, Darrell Ray and actor/comedian Paul Provenza.
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Recorded January 8, 2011.Â Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.
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