Blasphemy

The Human Rights Abuses Must Stop - It's Time for Love For All and Hatred For None

Farooq Aftab | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Farooq Aftab

The past few weeks have unveiled some horrific stories of human rights abuse. The world was first shocked by the death sentence handed to Meriam Ibrahim, the then pregnant Christian mother in Sudan convicted of apostasy and adultery...

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

Return of Blasphemy in Britain?

Rumy Hasan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

Prior to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, it was good see an array of global authors protesting against Russia's blasphemy laws but it is important to note that the danger of blasphemy remains in Britain...

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

Censorship on Channel 4 News; An Open Letter to the Editor From the National Secular Society

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

We were surprised and extremely disappointed to see that Channel 4 News took the decision to cover up the image of Mohammed when showing the Jesus & Mo cartoon, and we are thus keen to elicit the rationale behind that particular editorial decision.

On Blasphemy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

I would like to offer my full support to Mr. Nawaz for championing free expression and not cowering away in the face of such horrendous responses or bowing to religious fundamentalists. Nawaz embodies the spirit of liberalism and secular values, and is certainly an asset to the Liberal Democrats.

Balls: The New Holy Land Is in Newtownabbey

Stephen Hagan | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

The Reduced Shakespeare Company was scheduled to perform their production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) twice this month at The Mill Theatre in Newtownabbey, just outside Belfast. A week before it was scheduled, the local council 'persuaded' the artistic board to cancel the performances.

Blasphemy May Be Offensive, But Blasphemy Laws Kill

Benedict Rogers | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

As a Christian, there is one thing I dislike even more than blasphemy, and that is legislation that prohibits it. Such laws invariably contribute to increasing intolerance, violence and injustice, and are widely open to misuse. And the key point is, if your God needs man-made laws to protect him from insult, he must be a pretty small and weak deity.

Vatican Declares Mexico's Death Saint 'Blasphemous'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK

A Vatican spokesman has declared Mexico’s folk Death Saint (Santa Meurte) is “blasphemous” and should not be part of any religion. Cardinal ...

Blasphemous Pineapples

Richard Law | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Law

There is, of course, a difference between criticising Islam and persecuting its adherents. Too often discourse on Islam is divided between those who buy into hyperbolic headlines of "Muslim Rage" and those who repeat the insidious neologism "Islamophobia".

Atheist Students 'Ejected From Fair Over Blasphemous Pineapple'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A group of atheist students were kicked out of their university's fresher fair because of a "blasphemous pineapple" named Mohammed. The Reading Uni...

Muslim Leaders Call For Blasphemy Law In UK And At UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

The United Nations will once again debate the merits of a "blasphemy law", framed by the bloody violence in the Middle East and North Africa over the ...

These Imbecilic Riots Must Serve To Strengthen Our Commitment To Freedom

Terry Sanderson | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

Because of an imbecilic reaction to an equally imbecilic film, there are some commentators in the West who would, apparently, be prepared to fatally compromise the free speech that underpins our democracy.

Socialism and Blasphemy: All Authority Should Be Ridiculed

James Bloodworth | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
James Bloodworth

Instead of unreservedly condemning the violence and defending free expression, however, a number of Western commentators have sunk into a swamp of half-baked liberalism that appears to believe only in the necessity of committing cultural suicide as hastily as possible.

The Virus of Hatred

Ian Linden | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK
Ian Linden

The Benghazi killings are a call to action both to religious leaders and to organisations like the Tony Blair Faith Foundation who believe there is another potent message and that what young people learn about faith and religion matters, and that we walk away from this challenge at our peril.

From Rushdie to Stevens: This Madness Must Stop

Dr Usama Hasan | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Usama Hasan

A fundamental teaching in Islamic scripture is, "God says: My Mercy overcomes My Anger." Ultimately, our mercy, love and forgiveness must overcome our anger, hatred and bitterness. We must surely look forward to, and work towards, the day when the image of Islam is represented by merciful young men and women rather than angry young men.

Girl Arrested In Pakistan For 'Burning Quran' Is 14, Doctors Say

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

A Christian girl detained in Pakistan accused of burning pages of the Quran is 14 years old, and has a mental age of much less, doctors have said. ...

Doctors Examine Pakistani Girl Arrested For Burning Quran

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Doctors have examined a young Christian girl in Pakistan accused of burning pages of the Quran, to establish her age and to determine whether she suff...

Down's Syndrome Girl, 11, 'Arrested On Blasphemy Charge For Burning Quran'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK

An 11-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome is being held on blasphemy charges after being accused of burning pages of the Quran as she apparently gather...

British Worker Faces Prison For Saying 'When Will We Finish With The Damn Mosques?'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK

A British engineer faces prison in Abu Dhabi after cursing a Mosque project that was running late. He was reported to the police by his colleagues...

Power and Permission: The Blasphemy Behind The Name of Jesus

Matt Hicks | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK
Matt Hicks

There are numerous aspects of the religion I was brought up in which annoy and even anger me. Perhaps the most undesirable, in my opinion, is the tend...