Category Archives: Blasphemy

Why have blasphemy laws at all?

Beware if you are a dissident of any sort in sharia-infested, mullah-controlled Pakistan. You can be jailed, beaten, stabbed or lynched if you do not endorse the state religion. You can be murdered for anything less than wholehearted endorsement of majority beliefs.

Christian Asia Bibi is still in prison awaiting execution on charges of blasphemy. The past few weeks have seen murders of student dissidents and Ahmadi Muslim academics. On March 30 a cousin of Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salam was shot dead. He was a prominent Ahmadi Muslim leader.

Everyday Islam: Three sisters kill man booked for blasphemy in Sialkot

SIALKOT: Three armed burqa-clad sisters on Wednesday shot dead a man near Sialkot after accusing him of committing blasphemy 13 years ago.

Police managed to arrest the three suspects and identified them as Amna, Afshan and Razia.

The incident took place in Nangal Mirza village, Pasrur tehsil.

According to the police, the three women went to the house of Mazhar Hussain Syed, a faith healer, and asked him to pray for them. They also asked him if his son, Fazal Abbas, had returned from abroad. When told that he had returned from Belgium, they asked if they could see him. As soon as Abbas, 45, appeared before the women, they opened fire on him with the weapons they had brought with them secretly. Abbas died on the spot.

Imam refuses to read last rites of student killed for “blasphemy”

Outrage and hatred continue after a Pakistani university journalism student was brutally beaten by an angry mob of fellow classmates Thursday.

The day before his death, Marshal Khan allegedly engaged in a heated debate with fellow students over whether the offspring of Adam and Eve would have married each other, which led to him being accused of blasphemy against Islam, according to India Times.

The following day, a mob of students busted into Khan’s hostel room, dragged him outside naked, and publically beat the man to death using sticks and broken glasses while shouting, “Allahu Akbar.”

On Friday, the Imam at the local mosque outright refused to read the last rites at Khan’s funeral. The report states that a technician who was asked to read the rites in place of the cleric was later approached by several angry people after the ceremony.

The Religion of Peace: Student murdered after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

MARDAN: A journalism student was lynched at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan in broad daylight on Thursday after being accused of blasphemy.

The deceased was identified as Mashal Khan, a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s Journalism and Mass Communication department.

A friend of the deceased student told The Express Tribune that a mob attacked him before shooting him in the head and chest. He added that the mob then continued to beat his body with sticks.

Mad mullah’s give man death penalty for blasphemy

The Daily Mail reports that Sina Dehghan was just 19 when arrested by the country’s fanatical revolutionary guard for insulting Islam on the LINE app.

But human rights activists claim the confession was tricked out of Dehghan who was told he would be released if he signed.

Once he signed, prosecutors allegedly reneged on the deal and in January, he was sentenced to die.

Coming soon to a Canada near you.

Tweets Calling For Death To A Blogger For ‘Blasphemy’ Reveal The Ugly Face of Pakistan’s Society

While the myopic ‘liberals’ and ‘seculars’ in India constantly sing praises of the Pakistani society, a very high number of people from that very society bays for the blood of anyone who commits “blasphemy”. Proof of it was the hashtag #HangAyazNizami which continued trending across Pakistan on Sunday.

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.”