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Breathing without living: the plight of Christians in Pakistan

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion
The Conversation Global

The nativity scene, organised and prepared by Christians in Peshawar just before Christmas. A.Khan, Author provided Altaf Khan, University of Peshawa...

Blasphemy case highlights devastating impact of Saudi ultra-conservatism on Pakistani society

James Dorsey | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey This week's decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to delay ruling on an appeal in the country's most notorious blasphemy case and t...

Two Small Steps for Women, A Long Road Ahead for Womenkind

Raheel Raza | Posted 10.11.2016 | Women
Raheel Raza

Pakistan is among the worst places in the world to be a woman. Four women are raped, and three women are "honor killed," each day in Pakistan, in a...

Recognize Responsible Islamic Voices such as the Organization Of Islamic Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.

Rights, values, and religion in Denmark

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

On a May day in Copenhagen, the sun shining brightly, the greatest security risk seems to come from bicycles speeding along the streets. But not all i...

Blasphemy Laws Don't Protect Religion, They Hurt It

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

Last Wednesday, I spoke on a panel at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs In DC. The conference, co-hosted ...

Junaid Hafeez And Pakistan's Laws of Darkness

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

History has demonstrated that lasting progress is only possible in societies that evolve through the free exchange of ideas. To begin making this possible, Pakistan must cease silencing and murdering its finest children.

How Pakistan's Religious Right Uses 'Blasphemy' to Usurp Political Power

Beena Sarwar | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Beena Sarwar

Since the 1980s, patronized by the security establishment, the religious right has gained political ground in Pakistan. The goal is to grab political power and impose a harsh version of Islam on a country founded in the name of the religion.

To Ensure a Future of Transhumanism, Atheists Should Confront the Deathist Culture Religion Has Sown

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.23.2017 | Science
Zoltan Istvan

In the West, atheism is growing. Nearly a billion people around the world are essentially godless. Yet, that burgeoning population faces an important challenge in the near future

Pakistani Teen Who Chopped Off His Hand Has No Regrets

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

A young Pakistani boy who chopped his own hand off to atone after being wrongly accused of blasphemy says he has no regrets. In fact, the 15-year-old ...

Islamo and Atheisto Phobia

Herb Silverman | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Muslims and atheists have nothing in common theologically, but they do share some unenviable commonalities. Since 1937, Gallup has been asking people if they would vote for a generally well-qualified presidential candidate nominated by their party if the nominee belonged to various minorities.

Pakistanis Should Not Persecute This Community

Saima Baig | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Saima Baig

Blasphemy is a crime in Pakistan, the punishment for which can be death. More often than not, it is used to target minority communities, especially the Ahmadiyya, who were declared non-Muslims in 1974, through a constitutional amendment.

The New Center: Between the Right's Bigotry and the Left's Apologism

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.

On Blasphemy in Pakistan

Saima Baig | Posted 12.07.2016 | World
Saima Baig

On January 4, 2011, the Governor of the Pakistani Province of Punjab was shot and killed by one of his own security guards, Mumtaz Qadri. The reason f...

6 Awesome Things About the Quran

Ro Waseem | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Ro Waseem

When I first started reading the Quran, my paradigm was drastically different to what it is now. Back then, whether a particular interpretation or belief was rational or not wasn't a prerequisite for believing in it. "It was the word of God, after all!", I thought, "Dare I question it?"

8 Banned Books To Celebrate Blasphemy Day

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Not only is Wednesday (Sept. 30) International Blasphemy Rights Day, it’s also midway through Banned Books Week. For millennia, governments an...

Who Is Afraid of Mauritanian Mohamed Cheikh? It Is About Slavery Not the Prophet!

Elham Manea | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Elham Manea

About 10 to 20 percent of Mauritania's population lives in slavery. The government did abolish the practice 20 years ago, made it a criminal offense in 2007 subject to punishment, but it has failed to genuinely tackle the problem, and the practice continues.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

Controversial Gay Jesus Attacked and Labeled as Blasphemy

Kittredge Cherry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kittredge Cherry

Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.

Be Unafraid

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 04.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

In the Danish capitol, parents regularly leave their children in strollers on the sidewalk and go inside to shop. Thousands of bicycles sit out on the street at night with nothing more than a wheel lock. It's not that there's nothing to fear. The Danes simply refuse to be afraid.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

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.

Blasphemy After the Cross

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The slain cartoonists and journalists had nothing coming to them, deserved nothing from those who love God but our love. We might not read their newspaper or give it awards but it would be very easy even to protest it too much.

Violence Against Charlie Hebdo: The Globalization of Moral and Intellectual Confusion

Caroline Fourest | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Caroline Fourest

After killing in Paris, religious fanatics are demonstrating in Grozny, killing in Niger and burning french flags in Pakistan. For what? A drawing of ...