Free Raif Badawi- How You Can Help

A post I wrote on my other blog for Durango Skeptics and Atheists.
I encourage everyone to do at least one of the five things Amnesty International suggests to help get Raif out of jail and reunited with his wife and children.

Durango Skeptics and Atheists


While Saudi Arabia’s ruling family condemns the Charlie Hebdo attacks from one side of their mouth, the other side keeps silent on the imprisonment and barbaric punishment by flogging of free speech Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi.

Raif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and exactly 1,000 lashes for the crime of insulting Islam via writings found on his website a website he established to encourage free thought and the exchange of ideas.  Raif is scheduled to receive 50 lashes every Friday for the next 20 weeks. His second round of lashings was due to the fact that his wounds from the previous first round were not adequately healed.

Meanwhile, Raif’s wife and three small children, now living in Quebec, hope for good news.

It’s difficult to believe that something as archaic and cruel as this is still happening in the 21st century. Human progress requires all of us.

Here is how…

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Belief, Non-Belief and Common Ground

Belief, Non-Belief and Common Ground.

The Church of the Latter-Day Dude

Many of you are familiar, and maybe even diehard fans of the main character of the Big Lebowski known simply as “The Dude”. But did you know there has been a religion created around him?  Welcome to Dudeism!

“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism. An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

Added bonus: no deity worship requirement.  Finally! A religion I can support.

You can even be ordained as a Dudeist priest for free. Not sure what that entitles you to but it sounds pretty cool.

Here is a quote from their “Take It Easy Manifesto:

“THERE’S A RELIGION for its time and place…It fits right in there, helps us abide through all the strikes and gutters, the ups and downs of the whole durned human comedy. It really ties your life together. And the religion for our time and place is Dudeism.”

Oh, if only all organized religions could be so easygoing…….