blasphemy laws

Hayward: Give Thanks for What Remains of Free Speech

Free speech is increasingly imperiled as nations around the world turn to authoritarianism, which comes packaged as everything from iron-fisted dictatorial rule to coercive “progressivism.” One thing every brand of authoritarianism has in common is speech codes. Dissenting ideas dilute authority, so they must be suppressed. We should be thankful for the free speech that remains, and rise from our Thanksgiving tables prepared to fight for it.


Pakistan: Christian Mother on Death Row for Blasphemy Asks for Prayers

A 53-year-old Christian mother on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy is asking for prayers as she waits to hear whether the Supreme Court will free her or uphold the capital punishment, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reported this week.


Tunisia Shuts Down Nightclub After DJ Remixes Muslim Call to Prayer

On Friday, two European DJs were called into Tunisia’s Hammamet to host a dance party for the Orbit Festival. DJ “Dax J” played a track that included the Muslim call to prayer for the partygoers. This artistic choice was not well-received by local authorities.

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Iran Sentences 21-Year-Old to Death for ‘Insulting the Prophet’ Online

Sina Dehghan was 19 years old when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrested him at a military barracks in Tehran where he was a conscript on guard duty in October 2015. He and two co-defendants were charged with “posting anti-Islamic content on social media,” according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

Iran Sentences 21-Year-Old to Death for ‘Insulting the Prophet’ Online

Danish Man who Set Fire to Quran Charged with Blasphemy

A man who burned the Islamic holy book in his backyard has been charged with blasphemy, in a move his lawyer speculates was driven by fear of Muslim extremists. The attempted prosecution is the first of its kind in nearly 50


Turkey Court Acquits Famed Pianist of ‘Blaspheming’ Islam

A Turkish court acquitted world-renowned pianist Fazil Say of blasphemy on Wednesday, four years after he first went on trial on charges of insulting Islam in a case that raised alarm about freedom of expression in Turkey.

A photo taken on February 9, 2010 shows Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say posing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Fazil Say,charged with attacks on religious values for a series of provocative tweets about Islam, will go on trial from October 17, 2012. Under Turkish law, anyone convicted …

Teacher To Be Prosecuted For Calling Mohammed Child Molester

A teacher in Austria will be charged for telling students Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a child molester. A middle school teacher in the Austrian city of Bregenz is facing criminal prosecution for her comments regarding the founder of Islam.

High school students take the philosophy exam, the first test session of the 2015 baccalaureate (high school graduation exam) on June 17, 2015 in La Possession, on the western part of the island of la Reunion, in the Indian ocean.