Blasphemy

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.
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.
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.
A Vatican spokesman has declared Mexico’s folk Death Saint (Santa Meurte) is “blasphemous” and should not be part of any
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".
A group of atheist students were kicked out of their university's fresher fair because of a "blasphemous pineapple" named
The United Nations will once again debate the merits of a "blasphemy law", framed by the bloody violence in the Middle East
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.
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 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.