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

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.28.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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.

Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

S. Brent Plate | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts.

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

Mob Kills Woman And Girls Over Facebook Post, Police Say

Reuters | Syed Raza Hassan | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

(Updates with comment from witness, adds PICTURE tag) By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Reuters) - A Pakistani mob...

From Traitors to Blasphemers?

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 07.23.2014 | Media
Marium Chaudhry

Now the media is a deep, deep purple, reflecting shades of darkness, a silent oath broken as we watch Pakistan's media violently self-destruct.

Is this America's Most Offensive Burger?

Roadtrippers | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Are you ready to eat the most blasphemous burger burger in America? Chicago's infamous metal-themed burger joint, Kuma's Corner, recently rolled out their monthly special, this time named 'The Ghost Burger.'

7 Ways to Cheat God

Oren Mendez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
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Oren Mendez

Just say a few words before you stuff that turkey sandwich into your mouth and you're in the clear with the big guy upstairs. God will write it off as a sufficient prayer because he's too busy eating a heavenly taco himself.