European Parliament, Brussels
Earlier this week, three members of our International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws spoke at the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics on an event specifically about freedom of expression and blasphemy laws. Our partners pressed a number of points, including the need to abolish the last remaining “blasphemy” laws and similar restrictions still in force in the European Union.
Now supporting partners the British Humanist Association have launched an online tool to help you do just that, by writing to your Member of the European Parliament (MEP) via: humanism.org.uk/EUblasphemy Continue reading »
Humanist blogger Avijit Roy murdered after he “insulted Islam” by writing about science and secularism in Bangladesh; a death sentence for apostasy over a “blasphemous” video clip in Saudi Arabia; book-burning and statue-smashing in Iraq under ISIS; and in Lebanon it’s “Je Suis Charbel” as satire against ISIS is prosecuted as “insult to Islam”.
Another Friday review of the past week in news related to “blasphemy” laws, accusations, and violence! Continue reading »
News has broken tonight that freethinking writer Avijit Roy has been murdered in a machete attack at the Dhaka international book fair.
Known proudly and affectionately by fellow freethought bloggers as “the Richard Dawkins of Bangladesh”, Roy had been on a visit back to Bangladesh from the United States to launch a new book. He had been repeatedly accused and threatened over claims that his writings on reason, freethought and humanism were “blasphemous” or “defamed religion”. Continue reading »
One of the founding partners in our International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws (ICABL), the European Humanist Federation, was the first invited speaker at the European Parliament Platform on Secularism in Politics (EPPSP) this morning. Continue reading »
It’s been three weeks since we launched the End Blasphemy Laws Campaign, partly as a response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris in January.
Last weekend, almost certainly ‘inspired’ by the Paris attacks, a new and similar atrocity—first hitting a “blasphemy” target then a Jewish target—was perpetrated on the Danish capital Copenhagen. Continue reading »
Flowers laid at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen
Many of our partner organisations made statements in response to the tragic shootings in Copenhagen at the weekend.
A lone gunman targeted a cafe hosting a seminar on “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression”, then the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, leaving two victims dead and five police and security officers injured. He was later killed by police. Continue reading »
Appeal against death sentences for text messages, demands for new “blasphemy” law in India, the insidious defense of an assassin, and an entire Christian community still living in slums after the 2012 Islamabad “blasphemy” riots. Another week in “blasphemy” laws, accusations, and persecution… Continue reading »
Coalition partners Atheist Ireland met on Tuesday with the head of the Irish government, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in a meeting they described as a “breakthrough”. Continue reading »
This week the various organizations of the International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws (ICABL) launched a charter to clearly and concisely define our shared orientation on “blasphemy” laws, the policy that underlies the entire campaign to End Blasphemy Laws and the shared vision that unites us in working together.
You can read the full charter on this very website! Continue reading »
In the first week of the End Blasphemy Laws Campaign, there have been “blasphemy”-related mob violence and looting, reportedly resulting in two deaths, an attack on a Christian school ostensibly in response to caricatures in the publication Charlie Hebdo, and a senior Pakistani politician publicly placed a bounty on the life of the owner of that infamous magazine. Continue reading »