"One of the absurdities of U.S. policy in the Middle East," the latest email missive from Just Foreign Policy begins, "is that the U.S. government loudly complains about ISIS beheading people for their beliefs but turns a blind eye when the government of Saudi Arabia does the same thing." Case in point: a Saudi Arabian court just sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death -- by beheading, of course -- for the "crime" of "apostasy." Any country that would make "apostasy" a crime (let alone a capital crime!) would, of course, reveal itself as a country deeply insecure and immature. And it would be a surprise to find that anyone prefers others to think of them that way. But the Big Stick of Bad PR works just as well in Saudi Arabia as it does anywhere else, so Just Foreign Policy helps you tell our government to demand that Saudi Arabia release Mr. Fayadh. Please do not tolerate the fool who says so what, he's just a Palestinian, as if anyone on Earth should be beheaded by the state for exercising their free speech rights.
Meanwhile, H.R. 4038, the so-called American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, passed the House late last week with significant Democratic support (though the tally finished one vote short of a veto-proof majority). You've no doubt heard of this bill, one that would make it far harder to allow Syrian and Iraqi refugees (or any refugee who has been in Syria or Iraq at any time after March 1, 2011) into this country, even though the process for letting these refugees in already takes close to two years on average, even though these refugees already go through a quite rigorous set of examinations and background checks, even though exactly zero refugees have committed terrorist attacks in America, even though refugees are, by definition, running from oppression. It looks to me like Congress wants to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees without having the guts to come out and say so. So now the bill goes to the Senate, and so you can use the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page to tell your Senators to reject H.R. 4038.
Finally, Congress must pass appropriations bills to fund our government by December 11, a mere 16 days from now, so naturally they're moving with too much urgency to sneak anything odious by us, right? Oh, as if. Among the many nefarious goals of this Republican Congress is the killing of the FCC's net neutrality regulations -- the strong ones you demanded from the FCC, that would allow you, and not some big telecom corporation, to decide where you want to go on the internet. It wasn't that long ago that net neutrality enjoyed strong bipartisan support even among our political elites (of course, it has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support among American citizens), but with the election of a Democratic President Who Must Always Be Opposed at Any Cost to America, killing net neutrality has become an obsession with Congressional Republicans. But we can fight back, and toward that end, Free Press help you call your Congressfolk and tell them to do the people's will and preserve internet freedom by funding the FCC's net neutrality regulations.