Here is BlackBerry’s perspective on the important issues raised by the various proposals under discussion.
Therefore, neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet. All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system.
In other words, you want a law that forces me, a developer, to port anything I write to your crappy platform as well?
The mental gymnastics that are needed to reach the conclusions of most religious folk in that debate/dialogue is maddening. They want the right to wear a hijab but deny the right to wear a t-shirt, and they utterly fail to see the problem..
Majid Nawaz even got death threats for saying that he was not offended.
A father in Tudun Rubudi of Ungogo local government, Kano State has given his 13-year-old daughter to one of the four men who allegedly gang-raped her.
According to Weekly Trust, a Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Fadlu Dan Almajiri Fagge, said that the Islam religion allows for a rape victim to marry the man who raped her provided certain conditions are met. “First, the girl has to observe Istibira’i, a month period to ensure absence of pregnancy. The girl should not also be among those prohibited for the rapist. Provided those conditions are met, marriage can take place with the consent of the girl and her parents,” Shiekh Fadlu Dan Almajiri Fagge said.
Is it A) terrorism; B) child marriage; or C) building snowmen for fun?
Check your guess here.
The Fifth Circuit will take up marriage equality cases from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi Friday, and despite being a conservative panel, the judges could rule in favor of marriage equality. In the event that happens, one Texas lawmaker has an alternative plan for the marriage ban: make it illegal — essentially a punishable crime — for clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. BUT neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
While some Muslims today object to any depiction of the Prophet, others do not. Moreover, visual representations of him are not proscribed by the Koran. What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.
Swedish collection outfit STIM says that car stereos perform music to the public and as a result rental companies are breaching copyright if they don’t have a suitable license.
Saudi Arabia’s religious leader, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Asheikh, has said that he does not plan to restrict the minimum age for marriage for women to 15 years, contravening a recent proposal from the country’s Ministry of Justice.
In an interview with the Al Riyadh, reported by the Saudi Gazette, the Grand Mufti described the marriage of girls below that age as “permissible”.
Chandra Susanto, who had been planning a holiday in Singapore with his wife and three children since March, had to cancel it a day before the due date, because his father got ill.
“It was a difficult decision to make because my son Christopher was so disappointed,” Susanto told the Daily Mail Australia. “He had been looking forward to the holiday for a long time.”
Susanto has now posted a picture of his QZ8501 ticket on Facebook, praising Christ for the miraculous escape.
“Thank you, Lord Jesus. Your plan is so beautiful, our family safe from harm,” he wrote.
And Lord Jesus meanwhile says “Fuck You” to the 162 people on the plane.
One person offering clear directives to the cops: Patrick Lynch, their union president, who asked them to sign an emotionally manipulative letter banning de Blasio from their hypothetical future funeral, and who actually said on Saturday night that there was “blood on their hands [of] those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest … [blood] on the steps of city hall, in the office of the mayor”.
Yes, the cops blamed the protesters. (So did Rudy Giuliani, but don’t get me started on him.) Even more chilling, the police union purportedly declared in a widely shared statement that the NYPD has “become a ‘wartime’ police department. We will act accordingly.”
There is this bizarre idea in the heads of cops that if you’re not 100% behind them, no matter what they do or who they do it to, you’re against society and want anarchy, chaos, looting, and murder.
The Islamic State has, believe it or not, released a shocking guidebook on how to treat its female sex slaves. Something out of the dark, middle ages, this guidebook makes your flesh crawl and fill you with disgust.
Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it’s not something the state ought to be worried about.
“We don’t grapple with that here,” Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging that the state’s richest residents have seen the greatest spike in earnings.
“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” he added, an apparent reference to Mark 14:7.
According to its website, the Westcity Bible Baptist Church is a “family-oriented independent Bible-believing Baptist church”.
An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a case that’s being investigated by federal authorities as a possible hate crime.
They should instead just improve mental health care so that nut jobs like these are not a danger to society. It’s not a hate crime, he’s simply batshitinsane.
Apparently, cutting the income of a poor working single mother by 12 percent is good and proper conservative policymaking in 2014. Because immigration.
More worryingly, the amendment seems to take issue with acts from which women more traditionally derive pleasure than men.
“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.
“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.
“And the football stadiums?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
LONDON — The former leader of the right-wing UK Independent Party and one-time advisor to Margaret Thatcher, has declared that gay men have up to 20,000 sexual partners in their “short, miserable lives” before dying young of AIDS-related illnesses.
Okay… “short” lives, “dying young”. Let’s put that at 30, okay?
And, let’s say they start young too… how about at 14?
That gives them 16 years to get to 20.000 partners. That’s 3.42 partners per night. And NEW partners, too, no repeats, or you won’t get to 20.000!
And that’s even before I question how “an orgy every night” is a “miserable” life…
Reporter: What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?
State Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Oh): Well, there’s probably a lot of … I’m not a woman so I (laughing) I’m thinking, if I’m a woman, why would I want to get … you know, some of it has to do with economics. A lot of it has to do with economics. I don’t know, I’ve never; it’s a question I’ve never even thought about.
Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, a radical anti-gay Religious Right activist who brags of having once tried to rid of woman of the “foul spirit of lesbianism” through an exorcism and who openly proclaims that “American law needs to reflect God’s law” and that our foreign policy must be based on the Bible, won election to the Colorado House of Representatives last night.
Klingenschmitt, who wrote a book about how President Obama is possessed by demons and once performed an exorcism of Obama, ran an utterly embarrassing campaign yet nonetheless managed to defeat his Democratic opponent by nearly 40 points.
Since Klingenschmitt is now officially an elected Republican legislator, it seems like a good opportunity to take a look back at the radical views he will now be bringing into the Colorado legislature.
Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who believes that gay people “want your soul” and may sexually abuse their own children, which is why he says they should face government discrimination since only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment by the government
Green MP Steffan Browning has been stripped of one of his portfolios after he suggested homeopathy could be trialled for curing Ebola.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said the party caucus had decided to remove Mr Browning’s responsibility for the natural health portfolio.
The portfolio would be merged into the health portfolio, which is held by Kevin Hague.
Mrs Turei said the demotion sent a signal that the Green Party took an evidence-based approach to health issues, especially public health issues.
Today, Louisiana state health officials asked anyone who has traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days, or has treated Ebola patients elsewhere, to stay away from the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), which begins on Sunday in New Orleans.
So fear of Ebola now hinders research of Ebola. That is just plain stupid. And let’s not forget these other tropical diseases, like malaria.
You have more chance of being run over by a snowmobile on Miami beach than you do of catching Ebola, yet somebody dies of malaria every 60 seconds…
“Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence towards gays has escalated. They’re even asking for the death penalty. We’re living in fear,” Ponpon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone from Monrovia.
The California government and a nonprofit will pay a Shasta County atheist nearly $2 million for violating his civil rights when he was sent back to prison for taking issue with a religious drug-treatment program while on parole.
Barry Hazle Jr. and his attorney, John G. Heller, announced the settlement this morning at a press conference in San Francisco.
Hazle was imprisoned for just over 100 days after taking issue with the drug-treatment program that centered on submitting one’s fate to a “higher power.” Heller said the program also included prayer and references to God.
But when Hazle asked for another treatment program, he was told Westcare’s 12-step program was the only one available.
Probation officials eventually sent him back to prison at California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, where he had already spent a year on drug possession charges that were overturned by an appeals court, according to court documents. Their decision was based on Hazle allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students…sort of passive-aggressive,” and needing further treatment, according to court documents.
So his conviction was overturned, basically declaring him innocent, but they sent him back because he didn’t go “Yes Sir!” loudly enough on every thing they said to him?