iOS app Android app

Blasphemy Laws

Nations Must Repeal Blasphemy Laws

Katrina Lantos Swett | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Katrina Lantos Swett

What did the terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and the kosher supermarket in Paris share with the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in Jeddah last month?

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Liberty, Not Free Expression

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.

The World's Schizophrenic Attitude Towards Charlie Hebdo

Haoues Seniguer | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Haoues Seniguer

Who would say that deadly acts and statements have never been committed in the name of a faith -- whichever faith it may be -- throughout history? What historian would explain away the "wars of religion" between European Christians in the 16th and 17th centuries as mere socio-economic casualties? What is the rationale behind this bastion of thought that, in recent days, led to the statements that this was a case of "madmen" who "distorted religion," as if there were religious elements purely detached from what these men did?

Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As much as I empathize with the average Muslims facing growing Islamophobia in the West, I must ask their leaders to get real and reject Blasphemy laws as un-Islamic. As much as I respect someone's right to free speech, I must question their judgment and expose their double standard.

How Terrorism Won

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Ali A. Rizvi

Religion isn't a person. It is a set of ideas in a book. It doesn't have rights. It doesn't have emotions. It doesn't have a family or children. Those cartoonists were living, breathing human beings. They had rights, emotions, and families. Which of these deserves your respect?

Charlie Hebdo and the Islamic Debate About Free Speech

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Harris Zafar

When you hear extremists such as Anjem Choudary claim that people who mock Islam are required to be killed, tell him to go read the Quran and educate himself on the faith to which he claims allegiance but of which he remains ignorant.

Indonesian Editor Accused Of Blasphemy For IS Cartoon

AP | By ALI KOTARUMALOS | Posted 02.11.2015 | Media

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police accused the top editor of a leading English-language newspaper of blasphemy after the paper published a ...

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Pakistani Police Officer Axes Man To Death Over Blasphemy

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A policeman in Pakistan hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory ...

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

Pakistan's Blasphemy Law Under Attack

Religious News Service | Naveed Ahmad | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion

ISLAMABAD (RNS) Mohammad Asghar, a 69-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, faces a death sentence in Pakistan for claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad in l...

Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws Are A Death Sentence For Religious Minorities

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The elderly man's troubles started when two young men milling inside his homeopathic clinic casually asked him about his rel...

Believe or Die: 4 Member States of the Human Rights Council Where Apostasy Means Death

Bob Churchill | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bob Churchill

What the report itself did not do was to compare these 77 countries posing "severe" or even "grave" problems, with the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Let's do that now!

The Shocking Consequence Of False Blasphemy Accusations

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of blasphemy against ...

Pussy Riot + The Russian Orthodox Church = It's Complicated

Scott MacDougall | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

When it comes to the relationship between Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church, it might not be true love, but it certainly isn't irreconcilable differences, just as most true and meaningful things tend to be.

Freedoms Of Press, Speech And Expression: Lost In Translation

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

While international efforts establish legal protections for freedom of expression and other freedoms, it is important not to end the discussion there. We must promote engagement and dialogue that remains focused on matters of human dignity.

Pakistan's Polio Program: Suspended at Zero Dark Thirty

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Polio is a devastating infectious disease paralyzing many of those infected, but following the Taliban's execution of 16 health workers engaged in Pakistan's polio eradication program in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, preventing polio is now deadlier than the disease.

An Easter Message For Muslims

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

One of the great themes of the Christian Easter story is that the love of God can overcome the worst of human folly, wickedness and weakness. This idea, if taken seriously, would be a tonic in many parts of the world today, but perhaps nowhere is it more desperately needed than in the Muslim world.

Pakistan's Islam Imperils the Public Space

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Religious intolerance has become de facto a central component of Pakistani identity. This intolerance is legislated within Pakistan's constitution, rooted in a Presidential decree, no less, when Pakistan introduced new legal definitions defining Muslim identity.

Blasphemy Laws And Pakistan: Whose Islam Is It Anyway?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Harassing minorities in the pretense of blasphemy accusations is not my version of Islam. Maybe that's why Pakistan's constitution does not consider Ahmadi Muslims to be "real" Muslims. But Scripture tells us that it's not Prophet Muhammad's version of Islam either.

Muslims In America, Christians In Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Ethan Casey

As an American, I feel shamed by the ways that my society mistreats Muslims here. By exactly the same token, Pakistan and all Pakistanis are shamed by mistreatment of Christians in Pakistan.

Principle vs. Privilege Of Free Speech

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Harris Zafar

Opponents of Islam claim it denies freedom of speech and censors those who insult Islam. This is factually incorrect. After all, the Prophet Muhammad called differences of opinion a blessing in society and never sought to censor or threaten those who verbally attacked him.

Russia To Rework Bill On Offending Religion

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2013 | Religion

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Russian government asked parliament on Sunday to amend a bill that would set jail te...

Egyptian Blogger Sentenced To Prison For Blasphemy And Contempt Of Religion

AP | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion

CAIRO -- A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted a Coptic Christian blogger who shared an anti-Islam film on social networking sites and sentenced him to...