Blasphemy

The Charlie Hebdo massacre sent shockwaves throughout the world and was widely interpreted as an attack on free speech. However, the attack on Charlie Hebdo was more than an attack on free speech; it was an attack on one of Europe's oldest traditions...
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Untrue apparently. Because the capacity of individuals
If publications reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, it is not putting oil to the flame. The fundamentalists do that for themselves. Rather, we are showing that freely expressing our words and opinions are the lifeblood of humanity. They surge through us, they are a part of who we are.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan will now decide whether the death sentence for blasphemy will apply to farmworker Asia Bibi, who has already been beaten by a mob. Forget the shambles of a trial that cannot even repeat the allegation for fear it corrupt the soul of the Islamic nation, or the souls of those present may burn a little longer in hell.
A Christian mother-of-five has been sentenced to hang for blasphemy in Pakistan after a squabble with her work colleagues
Thing is, they're not entirely wrong: there are plenty of instances of hatred, bigotry and hissy fits, but there is also much love, tolerance and, goddamit, beauty. To get it, you absolutely have to read it as a narrative rather than a pick 'n mix of copy and paste.
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...
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.‎
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...
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...