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Defamation of Religions

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

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.

Why A Global Blasphemy Law Is The Wrong Response To Islamaphobia

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Courtney C. Radsch

There is no evidence that restricting speech prohibits intolerance, and, in fact, evidence shows that prohibitions on so-called blasphemous speech actually increases intolerance and leads to a wide-range of human rights abuses.

Blasphemy Laws Are Against Islam

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

The concept of Defamation of Religions denies a person their free will to choose -- one of God's greatest gifts to humanity -- and deprives individuals of their right to free speech and expression.

Blasphemy Is A Victimless Crime

Landon Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Landon Ross

Justifying silence when those whose rights are being violated happen to be of a different ethnicity and culture is a species of racism, poorly disguised under the mask of "respect."

Pakistani Killing Latest in Deadly Debate around Blasphemy Laws

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon Kelly

The recent murder of Pakistani governor Salman Taseer for opposing blasphemy laws tragically showcases the high stakes of the fight for religious tole...

U.N. Passes 'Defamation of Religions' Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday (Dec. 21) on "combating defamation of religions," dra...

Woman Faces Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy--Will the U.N. Support Similar Measures?

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

By Pamela Takiff Advisor, Fighting Discrimination Program Last month, on November 8, a Pakistani woman from Punjab was sentenced to death by hanging ...

U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Religious Defamation Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the United Nations to vote against the la...