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Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

S. Brent Plate | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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

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.

Why Morsi's Ouster and a Civil Society Offer Hope for Egyptian Women

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In Pakistan, two politicians who opposed blasphemy laws were assassinated, and a woman was allegedly hacked into 10 pieces by her pious husband becaus...

The Shocking Consequence Of False Blasphemy Accusations

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of blasphemy against ...

Fetuses Masturbate??!!

Susie Sampson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Babies are supposed to be pure and according to Congressman Burgess from Texas, boy babies are masturbatin' all the time. Yuck, if you ask me.

Syrian Rebels Reportedly Kill 15-Year-Old Boy For Blasphemy

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

A 15-year-old boy was reportedly shot in front of his family by Syrian rebels because he used the prophet Muhammad's name in an offensive manner. ...

Apostle Paul Lived And Died As A Dedicated Jew

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Paul's vision was to make his brand of Judaism -- with the recognition of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah -- a world religion easily accessible to everyone. At no time did he repudiate Judaism or declare that he represented a new religion.

Bangladesh Clashes Rage Over Blasphemy Law

AP | FARID HOSSAIN | Posted 07.06.2013 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Police banned all rallies in Bangladesh's capital through midnight Monday after at least 27 people died in clashes between p...

Pakistani Mob Torches Christian Man's Home For Alleged Blasphemy

AP | ZAHEER BABAR and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.09.2013 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — Hundreds of people in eastern Pakistan rampaged through a Christian neighborhood Saturday, torching dozens of homes after hea...

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.

Jesus of Nazareth, Bill O'Reilly and the Brutal Romans

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

The question of who killed Jesus or who was primarily responsible for the crucifixion has been debated by scholars, biblical experts and ordinary people for 2000 years.

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...

Indian Rationalist Debunks 'Miracle' Statue As Leaky Plumbing, Accused Of Blasphemy And Forced To Flee

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion

What started with a mysterious trickle, ended in death threats, charges of blasphemy and pleas for asylum from Sanal Edamaruku. The noted Indian ratio...

Blasphemy Case Against Christian Teen Dismissed

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion

ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A Pakistani court dismissed on Tuesday a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemn...

'Making Health The Center Of Your Life' And Other Unhelpful Blasphemies

Lillian Daniel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

People with healthy habits still become ill. And then, if you have "put health at the center of your life," where are you when your health lets you down? You have no center anymore.

Morsi's Relativization Of Human Rights Would End Arab Spring

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Aaron Rhodes

In his maiden speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi struck out against the freedom of expression as a universal principle. The speech was warmly received.

Blasphemy Bans Threaten Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of all freedoms and intellectual debate, and the cornerstone for development in the Muslim world. If denied, the door to women's reform will close and the Muslim world will regress even further.

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.

Cognitive Bias and the Blame for Benghazi

Austin Dacey | Posted 12.03.2012 | Media
Austin Dacey

How much blame is deserved by the morally unlucky producers of incendiary material that sparks violence given that the Internet and the rest of the world is littered with loads of comparable material that, as it happens, does not?

Lonely and Laughing

Gazelle Emami | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Gazelle Emami

Don't go calling Sherman Alexie's stories universal. "When people say universal they mean white people get it," he argues. His assessment is even more damning when you consider his subject matter -- modern-day American Indians. If there's any group white people get, this is not it.

Blasphemy, Religious Hatred, and the United Nations

Austin Dacey | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Austin Dacey

Those who study the history of blasphemy laws are condemned to repeat themselves: These laws don't work. Unless what you are after is more blasphemy.