Category Archives: Blasphemy

Now’s the time to eliminate Canada’s old blasphemy laws

Them first.

Now that M-103 has passed many Canadians have concerns that the country is creeping towards some form of anti-blasphemy legislation.

They’re worried that the motion that singles out the ill-defined Islamophobia for special treatment will, in some way, criminalize robust criticism of Islam.

It’s not as wild of a fear as others are making it out to be. After all, some Muslim-majority countries criminalize a broad definition of Islamophobia that ensnares things, such as critical blogging and drawing cartoons of the prophet

Muslim presenter sparks uproar as she asks BBC Asian Network Twitter followers ‘what is the right punishment for blasphemy?’

The BBC’s Asian Network has provoked uproar by asking its Twitter followers ‘what is the right punishment for blasphemy?’

A video posted on its account shows Muslim activist Shazia Awan asking followers to get in touch and offer their opinions on how blasphemy should be dealt with.

Her assumption that blasphemy – which is still punishable by death in some Muslim countries – should also be punished in Britain shocked many viewers.

Update: BBC Asian Network apologises for tweet about blasphemy

And I bet they offer to help too…

Muslims protest against freedom of speech in Toronto – 2012

Interpol help sought to curb blasphemy online

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Inves­tigation Agency (FIA) is in touch with Interpol to identify social media pages that contain inflammatory and sacrilegious content that violates international laws.

In addition, the agency has sent a formal request to social networking site Facebook in the light of recent court rulings regarding the blocking of blasphemous material online, FIA officials told a high-level meeting on Wednesday.

Related… Google is summoned by ministers to explain why taxpayer cash is unwittingly funding extremists via online adverts

Google executives have been summoned to Whitehall to explain why Government ads are funding extremists.

Taxpayer-funded adverts are to be pulled from YouTube ‘pending reassurances’ after it emerged they were being shown alongside hate videos.

Just try to monetize a YouTube video that denounces Jihad – ain’t gonna happen. YouTube will send you an email saying their advertisers may be offended by your video’s content and as a result no ads allowed.

That’s why Justin gave them our money! Indonesia imprisons leaders of ‘deviant’ religious group on blasphemy charges

Presiding judge Muhammad Sirad ruled on 7 March, that the three men had “tarnished one of the religions in Indonesia deliberately in public”, referring in particular to Islam. In his verdict statement, he said that the movement “contradicted and offended Islamic values held by most Indonesian citizens”.

Just think, if the recommendations from M103 are ever turned into legislation Canadians will be able to riot and burn churches with impunity just like other Muslim nations!

How a Moses cartoon killed a Turkish satirical magazine

“This is the second Charlie Hebdo affair!” So read one of the thousands of tweets that Turks posted in protest of a cartoon that appeared in the weekly satirical magazine Girgir on Feb 16. The cartoon made fun not of the Prophet Muhammad, but of another prophet: Moses. Since Moses is a sacred figure not just in Judaism and Christianity but also Islam, Turkey’s conservative Muslims reacted with a fury that quickly ended the life of the magazine.

Danish man who burned Quran charged with blasphemy

A man who filmed himself burning the Quran has become the first person to be charged under Denmark’s blasphemy law in 46 years.

The 42-year-old filmed himself burning a copy of Islam’s holy book in his back yard in December 2015. He then posted the video on the anti-Islamic Facebook group, “Yes to freedom – no to Islam” along with the words, “Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns.”

Danish prosecutor Jan Reckendorff announced his decision to bring charges in a press statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.

“It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in certain cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.”

Christmas message for prayer leads to death threats from Muslims in Pakistan

A Christmas message calling for prayers for those charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws has led to death threats against the son of a provincial governor killed five years ago for criticizing the same laws.

The case highlights the continuing influence in Pakistan of Muslim hardliners who praise violence in the name of defending Islam, despite a government vow to crack down on religious extremism.

The hardliners have called for mass protests if police do not charge activist Shaan Taseer with blasphemy against Islam – a crime punishable by death.

No justice 2 years after Muslim mob burned Christian couple alive in kiln

shahzad-masih-pregnant-wife-shama-bibiEven though last Friday marked the second anniversary of the day that a blasphemy-accused married Pakistani Christian couple was burned alive in a brick kiln by a mob of hundreds of Muslims, no justice has yet been served for those responsible for the senseless lynchings.

Indonesia: Massive crowd rallies against ‘blasphemous’ Jakarta governor


THE streets of the Indonesian capital on Friday were flooded with tens of thousands of hardline Muslim protesters demanding the arrest of its minority-Christian governor who they allege has committed blasphemy.

Security forces, including the police and the military, beefed up operations days ahead of the protests in Jakarta to prevent violence, while shops and embassies closed throughout the day with the city’s usually-congested roads almost devoid of vehicles.

According to the Associated Press, the predominantly male demonstrators – most of whom wearing white shirts and skull caps – amassed at the Istiqlal Mosque for the protest following weekly Friday prayers and marched to the nearby presidential palace.

…The accusation of blasphemy (is) against Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese and minority Christian who is an ally of the country’s president…

…A vigilante group pushing for the implementation of Shariah law, called the Islamic Defenders Front, demanded Ahok’s arrest after he reportedly joked to an audience about a passage in the Quran that could be interpreted as prohibiting Muslims from accepting non-Muslims as leaders.

h/t tom_billesley

Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past — a dark past when you’d be put in the stocks, or worse, for failing to bend your knee to certain gods and beliefs — then think again. Just look at the treatment of Olympian gymnast Louis Smith. Since a video of him taking the mick out of Islam was leaked in October, he’s been pilloried in the press, pressured to recant his heretical humour, dragged on to TV to repent before the Loose Women (the new guardians of public morality, apparently), and now he’s been suspended from his job for two months. All for having a laugh about a religion. There have been no rotten tomatoes or licking flames, but Smith’s treatment nonetheless echoes that time when ‘blasphemers’ were made to suffer for their thoughts and words.

Frenchman held in Dakar over ‘insulting’ Islam

A French national has been remanded in custody in Senegal over charges of “insulting” Islam, judicial sources told AFP on Saturday.

The Frenchman appeared before a judge on Thursday, and has been remanded in custody and held at the main prison in Dakar since, one source said.

“He had an argument with his boss and he insulted the Prophet (Mohammed), the Koran and all the Muslim community,” the source added.

Devout Muslims create Twitter Hashtag calling for death of Christian woman accused of blasphemy

A rather violent hashtag is trending on Twitter, and it surrounds one Pakistani woman’s possibly imminent execution. Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy, having been accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam Muhammad during an argument. Still alive and in custody, news broke last week that Bibi’s case would be heard by Pakistan’s supreme court. Many men then began demanding her death with the hashtag #HangAasia, but some are fighting back in her defense on Twitter.

Many Pakistani tweeters are calling for Bibi’s death.