Category Archives: Blasphemy

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

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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.

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Only 80?

Christian boy confronted by 80 Muslims demanding he’s HANGED for Facebook post about Islam

A MOB called for a 16-year-old Christian boy to be HANGED over a Facebook post insulting Islam.

Nabeel Masih had to be rushed out of a court hearing to escape the baying mob who threatened to burn his entire family.

Masih faces the death penalty after posting a photograph of Kaaba in Mecca, one of holiest sites in Islam, on his profile.

Only 80 Muslims?

Islamic Hellhole Pakistan: Asia Bibi blasphemy appeal adjourned as judge pulls out

The long-awaited final appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws has been adjourned after a judge said he could not hear the case.

Justice Muhammad Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, one of three judges who met amid heightened security in Islamabad to hear the appeal, said he could not rule on whether Asia Bibi’s 2010 conviction for insulting the prophet Muhammad should stand because of his involvement in a related case.

150 Sunni Muslim Clerics demand death for Asia Bibi

Today about 150 top Muslim Clerics (Muftis) issued a religious decree and demanded from Government to hang Asia bibi and all other prisoners of blasphemy laws and also demanded speedy trial of pending cases of blasphemy in Pakistani courts.

The religious decree warned government of Pakistan that if Asia Bibi was sent abroad with any conspiracy then administration will face consequences.

Asia Bibi blasphemy case to be heard by Pakistan supreme court

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall foul of the weird new rule against ridiculing Islam. A leaked video shows Smith laughing as his fellow gymnast, Luke Carson, pretends to pray and chants ‘Allahu Akbar’. Smith says something derogatory about the belief in ‘60 virgins’ (he means 72 virgins). Following a firestorm online, and the launch of an investigation by British Gymnastics, Smith has engaged in some pretty tragic contrition. He says he is ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘deep offence’ he caused. He’s now basically on his knees for real, praying for pity, begging for forgiveness from the guardians of what may be thought and said.

Christian teenager arrested for liking the Kaaba’s picture on Facebook

Nabeel Masih, a young teenaged boy from Chak 66, Bhai Pheru, District Kasur was arrested and charged under sections 295/295A under the Pakistan Penal Code a few days ago.

295 is ‘Injuring or defiling place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class.’

295-A is ‘Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs’

Those do sound heinous. So what had Nabeel done?

He had clicked “like” on a picture of Khane Kaaba on Facebook.