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Blasphemy

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

Elham Manea | Posted 08.24.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | Gay 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 ...

Pulling Our Punches in Paris and Beyond

John K. Herr | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
John K. Herr

The proper response to the Charlie Hebdo murders is not to jail "blasphemers" of any persuasion, whether they hold a pen or a microphone.

Islam Needs Reformation from Within

Raza Rumi | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

By brutally killing staffers of Charlie Hebdo magazine, the violent extremists have offended their faith far more than the perceived blasphemy of the magazine. Theirs is a political ideology -- of using terror as a weapon -- to avenge a history, to settle grievances and to assert power through violence.

Nothing Is Sacred

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.

How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It is very important to remember that fundamentalism in all our faith traditions -- Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- will be far more effectively defeated from the inside than from the outside.

Pope Francis: Your Mother Is Not a Religious Belief

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Ronald A. Lindsay

Pope Francis is wrong. There's a world of difference between criticism of a religious belief and insulting someone's loved one.

Prophet Muhammad's Example Is the Key to Stopping Terrorism

Qasim Rashid | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Unfortunately, with the world still reeling from the horrific attacks in France that left twelve innocent people dead, anti-theists have jumped on the opportunity to continue their anti-Islam onslaught.

To Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo, Reconsider the Example of Muhammed

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Accusations of racism or false analogies with racist cartoons do not make much sense either. Islam or Muslim is not a race, it is simply an ideology. Muslims belong to almost every race and ethnicity. This is about Muslims being unwilling to face criticism of Islam and Muhammed.

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.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Muslims Are Talking About Islam And Blasphemy After Charlie Hebdo

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

The deadly shootings at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have reignited discussions among Muslims in the United States and else...

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 ...

Glenn Beck Calls 'SNL' The 'Biggest Group Of P-ssies On The Planet'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media

Well, it looks like Glenn Beck won't be guest hosting "Saturday Night Live" anytime soon. During a sprawling rant about Sunday's "blasphemous" "Fa...

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 ...

Mob Lynches Christian Couple In Pakistan, Dozens Arrested

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mo...

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.