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Saturday, May 17, 2014

The U.S. State Department has been tracking the religious freedom of people across the globe in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The latest annual report to Congress lists the eight countries of "particular concern' that are "considered to commit particularly severe violations of religious freedom" the report reads. The eight are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.


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Conspicuous omissions in that list.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-16 02:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

While the battle raged over a Muslim mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, heated confrontations instigated by conservative right-wing-loons broke-out in communities across the country from Maine to California where mosques were proposed for FAR LESS hallowed locations

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Righties denounced plans for a Muslim center and hundreds of protesters turned out for a march
In Temecula, Calif., members of a local Tea Party group took dogs and picket signs to Friday prayers at a mosque that is seeking to build a new worship center
In Sheboygan, Wis., Righties led a noisy fight against a Muslim group that sought permission to open a mosque


#2 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-16 06:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's a reason we need to fight against Islam. We have a right to keep it out of our communities..

#3 | Posted by boaz

Not according to our own constitution. You'll have to change that first.

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-05-17 11:11 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

Only one that surprises me is Burma.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 01:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

You are right Whatsleft,

I should have said radical interpretations of Islam..

My apologies..

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-17 03:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

The larger issue as always is that mericas religion is wall st. And it is 100 percent intolerant of any other.

#7 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-17 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

#6 | Posted by boaz

Ah yes, of course, freedom of religion is dependent solely on what the Christians want.

Sorry, boaz, just as you don't want to be told how to live you don't get to tell others how to live.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-17 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

After reading some of the laments of some of our dear Christian posters, I'm surprised the US isn't on that list.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-17 07:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3, in other words, boaz believes that his religious prophet should be a non-violent liberal girly man, even though he himself has shown himself to be a conservative chauvinist who constantly advocates military action to solve problems.

funny dat.

#10 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-17 08:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 also, sure jesus seemed like a nice dude, but his father, you know-- GOD-- was far tougher than muhammad ever was-- he wanted to stone adulterers, kill gays, mass murder blasphemers, pretty much performed genocide in the days of noah, annihilated whole cities many different times throughout history, treated one group of people better than others, psychologically tortured job, persuaded abraham to bonk another woman because his wife couldn't have a kid, sell sex slaves, kill children and women, promoted catration as a means to better one's chances of reaching heaven, ritual human sacrifice, ripping open pregnant women's bellies, bashing babies against rocks, etc. etc.

so yeah, even when compared to his old testament father, jesus seems like the better guy.

perhaps jesus helped his dad mend his megalomanic universo-fascist ways. but a murderer is a murderer and a scoundrel is a scoundrel, even if he repents (kind of) by sending his "son" with a brand new "book" to show he really isn't such a bad guy after all.

so essentially what i'm saying is that i am laughing at you-- real hard.

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-17 09:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | Posted by boaz

And according to the majority of the world, they're both full of ----. Deal with it.

PS Since Jesus came back to life, he didn't really give his life, so doesn't that make him an Indian giver? Or just Jewish?

#12 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-17 10:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

And yes, many other countries should be on that list.

Pakistan could've been on that list.... except for the fact that:

1. whatever happens in Pakistan, it is NOT sanctioned by the Govt. Any abuse in the name of religion is illegal.

2. Blasphemy Law does not count because it applied on Muslims too.

3. Pakistan is a friend of USA. Friends of USA don't make it to nasty lists. LOL

India has even more reason to be on that list, thanks to it's regular attacks on Muslims and Christians (the worst in the world in severity according to Human Rights).


1. Attacks on other religions besides Hinduism, are not sanctioned by the Govt.

2. India is a friend of the USA. Friends of USA don't make it to nasty lists.

#15 | Posted by Rigel at 2014-05-18 02:17 AM | Reply | Flag:


1. Attacks on other religions besides Hinduism, are not sanctioned by the Govt.

2. India is a friend of the USA. Friends of USA don't make it to nasty lists.

3. No they don't, precious. *gollum*

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-18 03:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

And according to the majority of the world, they're both full of ----. Deal with it.

#12 | Posted by northguy3

Well, According to Wikipedia there are about 2.1 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, so the total is about 3.7 Christians and Muslims. According to The U.S. Census there are about 7.2 billion people in the world. Assuming these numbers are both correct, that means that more than half of the World's population (3.6 billion is about half) are either Christian or Muslim. So, it would seem, that in order for your statement to be true, about 200 million people who were Christian or Muslim would have to think that both Christians and Muslims are "full of ----" and everyone else in the world would have to have the same sentiments.

#19 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-19 02:14 AM | Reply | Flag:


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