Tag: blasphemy

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Pakistan’s High Court: Not Identifying Religious Faith Is ‘Betraying the State’

A top court in Pakistan recently issued a verdict that deems citizens who refuse to identify their religious faith guilty of “betraying the State” and “exploiting the Constitution,” which has established Islam as the country’s religion and the Quran as a collection of guiding principles behind all laws in the nation.

LONDON - FEBRUARY 03: Muslim demonstrators hold banners at the Danish Embassy on February 3, 2006 in London. British muslims have condemned newspaper cartoons which first appeared in a Danish newspaper, some of which depict the Prophet Mohammed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb. The cartoons have sparked worldwide …

U.S. Commission Finds Blasphemy Laws ‘Astonishingly Widespread’ Around the World

The perilous condition of free speech around the world is highlighted by a new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which found blasphemy laws have become “astoundingly widespread” across the world. Some of them specify shockingly severe penalties as well, including torture and death.

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H.R. McMaster Endorsed Book That Advocates Quran-Kissing Apology Ceremonies  

A book on terrorism endorsed and touted by H.R. McMaster, the embattled White House National Security Adviser, calls on the U.S. military to respond to any “desecrations” of the Quran by servicemembers with an apology ceremony, and advocates kissing a new copy of the Quran before presenting the Islamic text to the local Muslim public.

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7 People Who Got Arrested for Social Media Posts Around the World

As we contemplate the fallout from CNN’s effort to hunt down and intimidate the creator of a ten-second comedy video, let us note that people have been jailed around the world for social media posts. Here’s what happens when governments and cyber-vigilantes start deciding that certain “hateful” individuals no longer deserve the privilege of online anonymity.

LONDON - FEBRUARY 03: Muslim demonstrators hold banners at the Danish Embassy on February 3, 2006 in London. British muslims have condemned newspaper cartoons which first appeared in a Danish newspaper, some of which depict the Prophet Mohammed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb. The cartoons have sparked worldwide …

Scholar: Americans ‘Really Need to Put Our Foot Down’ on Blasphemy Laws

During a hearing held by the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, an expert on Islam and counterterrorism said that the United States should take a “hard line” when it comes to addressing countries that enforce blasphemy laws that, if broken or perceived to be broken, can prove deadly.

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Indonesian Military Files Lawsuit over ‘Hoax’ Coup Story

The Indonesian military has filed a police report over a story originating at The Intercept, which claimed protests against the governor of Jakarta were actually part of a plot to overthrow President Joko Widodo.

Pakistani protesters shout slogans against Asia Bibi, a Christian woman facing death sentence for blasphemy, at a protest in Karachi on October 13, 2016. Pakistan's Supreme Court delayed an appeal into the country's most notorious blasphemy case on October 13, against a Christian mother on death row since 2010, after …

State Dept.: Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Make It Unsafe for Americans

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, in a message warning against travel to Pakistan, cites Islamabad’s enforcement of the nation’s strict blasphemy laws, which have primarily targeted Christians and other minorities in the Sunni Muslim-majority country.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has undergone two major cardiac medical procedure since 2011

Pakistan PM Orders Removal of ‘Blasphemous’ Material from Social Media

The prime minister of Pakistan has issued directives to relevant authorities to demand that foreign social media companies block or remove “blasphemous” content and has also called for Pakistanis who post “blasphemous” material online to be “strictly punished.”

Supporters of executed Islamist Mumtaz Qadri sit-in during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad on March 28, 2016. Thousands of supporters of an executed Islamist assassin were holding a sit-in in Islamabad on March 28, after submitting a list of demands including the execution of …

Pakistan: Thousand-Strong Muslim Mob Rallies in Support of Jihadi Murderer

Thousands of extremists in Muslim-majority Pakistan took to the streets in defiance of a ban on protests to rally in support of a man executed for killing a governor, who called to change the country’s strict blasphemy laws that primarily target Christians and other minority groups.