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Blasphemy

  • Summary: 

    If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past — a dark past when you’d be put in the stocks, or worse, for failing to bend your knee to certain gods and beliefs — then think again. Just look at the treatment of Olympian gymnast Louis Smith. Since a video of him taking the mick out of Islam was leaked in October, he’s been pilloried in the press, pressured to recant his heretical humour, dragged on to TV to repent before the Loose Women (the new guardians of public morality, apparently), and now he’s been suspended from his job for two months. All for having a laugh about a religion. There have been no rotten tomatoes or licking flames, but Smith’s treatment nonetheless echoes that time when ‘blasphemers’ were made to suffer for their thoughts and words.

  • Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?

  • Summary: 

    Unfortunately, the plight of one minority being set upon – in particular, but not exclusively, by the Islamic State – has yet to become the subject of appropriate outrage around the world: Christians are being rounded up, raped, robbed and murdered by these and other jihadists across much of the Middle East. The Islamic State has even killed Christian children, just because of their faith. Typically, when IS jihadists conquer an area, they target Christian minorities by labeling their homes with the Arabic letter ن (pronounced “nun”), shorthand for the Arabic word Nasrani, which means Nazarene – a believer in Jesus of Nazareth and, therefore, a Christian. Once marked in this fashion, they are singled out for persecution, and given the simple choice – convert, submit or die.

    In the lands controlled by the Islamic State, the Arabic letter ن is the modern day version of the Star of David that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany and the lands it conquered.

    Admin: People are suggesting use that symbol as a sign of resistance and support in the West.

  • Summary: 

    Every philosopher, prophet, scientist and great political and social reformer of their day has started as a heretic. Mohammad blasphemed against the polytheist social order of Mecca, Jesus against the monotheistic legalese of the Temple, and Moses before them against the idols of the Children of Israel. The right to heresy, to blasphemy, and to speak against prevalent dogma is as sacred and divine as any act of prayer. If our hard earned liberty, our desire to be irreverent of the old and to question the new, can be reduced to one, basic and indispensable right: it must be the right to free speech. Our freedom to speak represents our freedom to think, our freedom to think our ability to create, innovate and progress. You cannot kill an idea, but you can certainly kill a person for expressing it. For if liberty means anything at all, it is the right to express oneself without being killed for it.

  • Summary: 

    The same week that Mr Yousaf was extolling the idea that Britain is a proto-Nazi state and Pakistan a potential safe-haven, the Pakistani authorities saw the latest round of the interminable and unforgivable saga of Asia Bibi. This is the woman who has been on death-row in Pakistan for no crime other than the crime of being a Christian. Bibi has been awaiting execution for five years, purely because a neighbour claimed that Bibi had insulted Mohammed during an argument.

    They attack the Conservative government of the UK for Nazism while not merely praising, but lauding as a safe haven, a state which actually persecutes and murders people because of their religion.

    Which means that he is doing what many other people today are doing, which is knowingly to cover for a racist despotism, so long as it is despotism with an Islamic face.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    20/10/2016
    Summary: 

    Note that the article by the Express Tribune below omits revealing who the “religious groups” are that are protesting the release of Asia Bibi (whose real name is Noreen). They are anti-Christian, violent-minded Muslim groups who support Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and want to see this innocent Christian lady murdered in cold blood for a bogus blasphemy charge that she was given on the word of a group of Muslim women with whom she was having a dispute.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    15/10/2016
    Summary: 

    The crowd threatened Masih and his family and called for the teenager to be hanged. Masih’s legal team said: “There were about 80 people of different age groups including students that were present in the premises only for Nabeel’s hearing and each of them was continuously calling on the phone for other people to come. Even the lawyers were threatened.” Admin: The fact that flash mobs can form like this anywhere rather demolishes claims that 'most Muslims are moderates' or are there flying squads of extremists travelling from incident to incident?

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    14/10/2016
    Summary: 

    A former Conservative council candidate and “teacher”, who runs a secondary school in East London, called for critics of Islam to be killed.

    Admin: Will a prosecution follow?

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    14/10/2016
    Summary: 
    Thousands of riot police have been deployed across Islamabad amid fears of violence after a Pakistani court postponed the appeal of a Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row. Admin: This is the reality of Moderate Islam. Threats of violence, her lawyer living in fear.
  • Summary: 

    The public castigation of a British gymnast for 'mocking Islam' is illustrative of a troubling return of blasphemy, argues Stephen Evans. If you've been following the hounding of British Olympic gymnast Louis Smith this week, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that blasphemy laws were abolished in England back in 2008. The very public castigation of the British gymnast is illustrative of the troubling return of blasphemy. As the former Strictly Come Dancing winner has discovered – and to his immense cost – Britain's bourgeoning 'culture of offence' is ensuring that any action deemed likely to offend religious sensibilities, but particularly Muslim sensibilities, is strictly taboo

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    07/10/2016
    Summary: 

    Extremist leaflets ordering Muslims to kill those who offend Islam were handed out outside an east London mosque. Metropolitan police is launching an investigation into hate crime after worshippers were given the booklets during a gathering by the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque in Walthamstow.

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    Muslims have repeatedly killed those who make jokes or satire about Mohammed. Is this murder Islamic?

    Muslims have repeatedly killed those who make jokes or satire about Mohammed. Is this murder Islamic?

     

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    Alexander Aan, 30, is a former Indonesian civil servant who in January 2012 posted messages to Facebook expressing his lack of belief in a god, as well as several cartoons about the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

    As a result, Aan was attacked at his workplace by an angry mob. When police arrived, they arrested Aan and charged him with blasphemy, promoting atheism, lying on an official government document (Indonesia requires its citizens to claim one of six official religions; Aan marked Islam), and disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostility.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    30/09/2016
    Summary: 

    A 16-YEAR-OLD Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post.

    His family have been forced to flee their home in Bhai Pheru for fear of violence as their sons awaits trial in prison….

  • Summary: 

    Today is International Blasphemy Rights Day, when we show our solidarity with those who face persecution and violence for daring to criticize or question religion. But today we also mark another dark day in order to make a powerful difference.

    On February 26, 2015, machete-wielding militants attacked humanist writers and activists Avijit Roy and Bonya Ahmed as they left a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh, leaving Roy dead and Ahmed seriously injured. It was not the first attack on a secularist in Bangladesh — in 2013 Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed, and Asif Mohiuddin seriously injured — but it was perhaps the highest-profile attack in recent years.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    30/09/2016
    Summary: 

    The lawyer of Asia Bibi has exclusively told Premier of her desperate situation as she waits to appeal her death sentence. The Christian mother is facing the death penalty after being accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed during a conversation at work. She's been in prison for over a decade as she fights to clear her name. Her final appeal hearing is due to held in October. If she's not acquitted she could be hanged within 30 days of the verdict.

  • Country: 
    Jordan
    News Date: 
    25/09/2016
    Summary: 

    A prominent Jordanian Christian writer has been shot dead in front of the courthouse where he was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

  • Country: 
    India
    News Date: 
    23/09/2016
    Summary: 

    If the OIC and Hillary Clinton get their way, this is a glimpse of America’s future, as criticism of Islam will be labeled “hate speech,” as Leftists and Islamic supremacists so label it now, and “hate speech” will be ruled unworthy of First Amendment protection.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    23/09/2016
    Summary: 

    A Christian teenager in Pakistan has been arrested for liking an "inappropriate" photograph on Facebook. Nabeel Masih, 16, is accused of blasphemy charges for clicking the like button under an image of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam. A Muslim alerted officers to the post saying he found it insulting to his religion, police said. The teenager has been held in custody ahead of a trial. If found guilty he could face the death penalty.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    06/09/2016
  • Summary: 

    What will they do when Switzerland becomes another Egypt? Where will they flee then? As the free world commits suicide, where will free people go?

  • Country: 
    Kuwait
    News Date: 
    12/12/2012
  • Summary: 

    It is shocking to note that almost half of the world’s countries have laws and policies that criminalize blasphemy, apostasy, conversion, or so-called “defamation of religion.” These “crimes” are sometimes punishable by death, as is the case in 12 countries, or life imprisonment. The impact of such laws, which tend to be vague and poorly defined, tends to drastically limit the exercise of freedom of religion and expression. They all too often lead to the persecution of members of minority groups.

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    23/08/2016
  • Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain

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    Summary: 

    The city of Córdoba was the setting for an unusual historical drama that unfolded between the years 850 and 859, when forty-eight Christians were decapitated for religious offenses against Islam. More striking than the number of executions were the peculiar circumstances surrounding them. For one thing, as the sources unambiguously demonstrate, the majority of the victims deliberately invoked capital punishment by publicly blaspheming Muhammad and disparaging Islam. Moreover, though some Cordoban Christians applauded the executed Christians as martyrs, others regarded them as self-immolators whose unwarranted outbursts served only to expose the community as a whole to the emirs suspicions.

  • Summary: 

    The BBC and Demos have published an accidental case-study in why we should all stop using the meaningless and sinister word 'Islamophobia'.

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    03/06/2016
  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    08/06/2016
  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/07/2016
  • Country: 
    Syrian Arab Republic
    News Date: 
    04/07/2016
  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    28/03/2016
  • As I mentioned in a previous article, I will be addressing, in a series of articles, different forms of violence that we witness today, and will try to find its roots in the Islamic scriptures and early history of Islam.

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