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Innocence of Muslims

Free Speech Charlie Hebdo and the Art World

Mike Spradley | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Mike Spradley

Two weeks after Islamic extremist murdered my colleagues at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, I feel now is the time to reflect on what their deaths mean to us. Why were their creative talents targeted ?

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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.

Court Reconsiders Removal Of Anti-Muslim Film On YouTube

AP | BRIAN MELLEY | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A low-budget anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to the actors involved was compared...

The Truth About the Video and Benghazi

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Many seem to have forgotten the volatile time we faced as a nation leading up to the strike on the consulate in Libya.

YouTube Ordered To Remove Anti-Muslim Film

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in many parts of the Middle ...

White House Blames Obamacare Glitches on Innocence of Muslims

Spencer Green | Posted 12.21.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

White House officials are blaming the numerous online technical glitches that have occurred since the rollout of Obamacare on the controversial anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims.

Google: Government Snooping Just Hit Record Levels.. Again

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.26.2013 | Technology

World governments keep asking Google to remove content, and Google keeps tattling on them. In its latest transparency report, released Thursday, Googl...

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.

Egypt to Ban YouTube for a Month in Response to 'Innocence of Muslims'

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to follow political news.

Egypt Bans YouTube

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 04.11.2013 | World

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-I...

WATCH: 7 Most Provocative Religious Videos Of 2012

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 01.02.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Imagine if Martin Luther and John Calvin had YouTube. Armed with Gutenberg’s printing press, the two reformers wrested Europe from the grip...

A Look Back At Media Coverage Of Islam And Islamic Law In 2012

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

This has been a big year for Islam and Islamic law in American media. As politicians vied for local and national office, anti-sharia messages -- and sometimes overtly anti-Islam messages -- were broadcast across the media, at times functioning to normalize anti-Islam discourse.

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...

Actress In Controversial Anti-Muslim Film Loses Legal Bid

AP | Posted 12.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- An actress who appeared in the anti-Muslim film blamed for sparking violence in the Middle East has lost another legal bid to have the ...

7 Sentenced To Death For Anti-Islam Movie

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

CAIRO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participatin...

Man Behind Anti-Muslim Movie Has 'No Regrets' | Posted 01.26.2013 | World

LOS ANGELES -- Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making "Innocenc...

Benghazi -- The Selective Memory of Republicans, and the Media

Dee Evans | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Dee Evans

Did everyone in the free world all of a sudden forget that it was not the Obama administration but the protestors on the ground in Libya who actually first stated that the reason they were protesting was because of the anti-Islam video, Innocence of Muslims?

Susan Rice, McCain, Obama and the Next Secretary of State

William Bradley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Gets Prison Sentence

AP | GREG RISLING AND LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 01.07.2013 | Crime

LOS ANGELES — The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in many parts of the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a y...

Hues Of Human Perception

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Though religion is born in one race and nation, it has cut across the boundaries of races and nationalities. Although religion has maintained its own identity, it has not remained immune to the cultural influence of the host countries.

Embassies Under Attack: An Open Letter to Muslims

Rafael Fernández de Castro | Posted 11.01.2012 | World
Rafael Fernández de Castro

Muslim brothers and sisters, I urge you to unite and condemn the recent violent attacks on American embassies and consulates in the Middle East and to...

Why Blasphemy Laws Are Not About Religion

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Whether you are Pussy Riot locked away in a Russian prison for a "punk prayer" or 14-year old Rimsha Masih, arrested after being accused of burning the Quran, the sad reality is that religious protectionism without freedom of expression is always a tool for power.

How To Stop Religious Warfare

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Nicholas Tampio

In the short term, Chris Stevens' killers should be brought to justice. But stopping religious warfare requires heirs of the Enlightenment, in Europe and America, and advocates of tajdid, in the Muslim world, to convince their peers that such warfare is wrong

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.

The Showdown Between The Muslim Brotherhood And Jihadist Salafis

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

This is somehow the new model in the Middle East: put the moderates in charge and let them reason with the ultra-conservatives. I am watching this with mixed feelings.