Month: August 2015

The week in “blasphemy” news #30

  • Mauritania: Ensaf Haidar champions cause of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir
  • Malta’s debate on how to implement the end of blasphemy laws continues
  • Canada’s debate on the best way to end blasphemy laws continues
  • Tough crowd? Stand-up comics in Pakistan risk “blasphemy” accusations to make people laugh

This is the thirtieth weekly round-up of “blasphemy” news and views from the End Blasphemy Laws campaign. It’s a round number, number 30, the big three zero. That makes it special, if you’re into that sort of thing. Continue reading »

The week in “blasphemy” news #29

  • End Blasphemy Laws partners join massive worldwide call to action on Bangladesh blogger murders
  • Blogger murder arrests reported and “paraded”, but are they credible?
  • Pakistan: Three arrested for the crime of using the word “Prophet” on a poster while not being Muslims
  • Pakistan: Where you have to wait an extremely long time in prison to have your “blasphemy” appeal heard
  • Russia: Did activists smash sculptures by renowned Soviet artist because they reckon they’re “blasphemous”?
  • Canada: Would another new anti-hatred bill actually outlaw criticising Islamism?

Week 29 of our weekly round-ups of “blasphemy” news and views. Continue reading »

The week in “blasphemy” news #28

The week in blasphemy-related news and views, our 28th issue:

  • Bangladesh: Fourth atheist blogger murder in 2015
  • Bangladesh: After another bloody murder, ignorance and betrayal
  • Saudi Arabia: Supreme Court may be reviewing Raif Badawi case
  • Thailand: Two women arrested for dancing because something about morals and religion
  • New Zealand: humanists protest new “stealth” ‘blasphemy’ law
  • Pakistan parliamentarians apparently talk the talk, but will they walk the walk?
  • The Christian and the Humanist – on the right to freedom of religion or belief

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The week in “blasphemy” news #27

  • Saudi Arabia really doesn’t want anyone, anywhere in the world to talk critically about (or “insult”) religion
  • Two pastors in Sudan escape death penalty, after being freed on time served
  • Journalist Shoaib Adil is in hiding after being accused of “blasphemy” in Pakistan
  • Secular groups lobby Nigeria to Save the Kano Nine
  • The gay Pride stabbing in Jerusalem was wrong, but Pride is “blasphemy”, says Rabbi
  • New Zealand has a new, second law that could function as criminalizing “blasphemy”, this time specifically anything that seriously upsets someone who is a religious person if it happens via the internet
  • Asia Bibi’s lawyer complains of government failures in death-for-blasphemy case
  • Copts in the US call for support of Bill demanding worldwide repeal of blasphemy laws

This is the Friday round-up of news in “blasphemy” for Friday 7 August 2015. Continue reading »