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Pakistani girl accused of Qur'an burning could face death penalty

Jon Boone - The Guardian - 19 August 2012 Comments

Tensions rise between Muslim and Christian communities amid claims that 11-year-old desecrated text A Christian neighborhood in Islamabad. Around 900 Christians living on the city's outskirts...

TAGGED: HATE, ISLAM

Update - NewStatesman article - Pakistani parents jailed for 'honour killing' of daughter

AFP - Yahoo News - 04 August 2012 Comments

Update 8/4 am - a good article in NewStatesman on this NewStatesman Sunny Hundal The left cannot remain silent over "honour killings" We have become complicit in this epidemic of abuse and...

TAGGED: HARM, ISLAM

British Police: You did the Islamic morality police proud

Maryam Namazie - - - 03 August 2012 Comments

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the FEMEN action against Sharia law and Islamism at the Olympics today as I am really sick and travelling tomorrow for a conference in Montreal (which I would...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, ISLAM

Jihadists’ Fierce Justice Drives Thousands to Flee Mali

Adam Nossiter - The New York Times - 19 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Derek Morr for the link Rana Wallet Chekna is among the tens of thousands of Malians who have trickled across the border to a camp in Mauritania. The vast desert expanse of...

TAGGED: ISLAM

Letter to Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission

- - Maryam Namazie - 11 July 2012 Comments

Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain met with Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), on 28 June to...

TAGGED: ISLAM, LAW, SECULARISM

The courage to think for themselves

Maryam Namazie - Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain - 03 July 2012 Comments

Over one hundred people joined the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s hugely successful 5th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 23 June 2012. Guests heard from philosopher AC...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, ISLAM

Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years

Maryam Namazie - Freethought Blogs - Maryam Namazie - 17 June 2012 Comments

You may have heard that Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for saying ‘There is no god’ on Facebook. The Council of Ex-Muslims condemns the sentence...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM

Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

- - The Indian Express - 13 June 2012 37 Comments

A cleric in Pakistan's Punjab province has warned that a jihad would be launched against polio vaccination teams at a time when the World Health Organisation has expressed concern at the emergence...

TAGGED: ISLAM

You want to ban hate speech? Isn’t that what religion is?

Maryam Namazie - Freethought Blogs Maryam Namazie - 31 May 2012 28 Comments

I was on a panel discussion this past weekend on free expression . In such discussions, there are always those who are proponents of banning ‘hate’ speech because they say it causes emotional...

TAGGED: ISLAM

Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

Maryam Namazie - One Law for All - 30 May 2012 29 Comments

Update on Baroness Cox’s Equality Bill One Law for All has been spending a lot of time recently working with Caroline Cox and her team in promoting the Arbitration and Mediation Services...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, LAW

Secularism, priorities, Islam, and Waleed Aly

Russell Blackford - Talking Philosophy - 14 May 2012 23 Comments

What follows here after some introductory paragraphs repeats almost verbatim a post that I published over on my personal blog back in 2007. Now, my thinking has moved on a little bit since then,...

TAGGED: ISLAM, SECULARISM

Afghan schoolgirls poisoned in anti-education attack

Mohammad Hamid - Reuters - 17 April 2012 51 Comments

About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, HARM, ISLAM

Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti

- - RT - 18 March 2012 67 Comments

Thanks to Harps for the link. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed. The statement prompted anger and dismay from Christians...

TAGGED: ISLAM

Free speech under fire

Jonathan Turley - Los Angeles Times - 12 March 2012 66 Comments

The recent exchange between an atheist and a judge in a small courtroom in rural Pennsylvania could have come out of a Dickens novel. Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin was hearing a case in...

TAGGED: ISLAM, LAW, POLITICS

Afghans lampoon clerics over women ruling

Tahir Qadiry - BBC - 09 March 2012 21 Comments

Thanks to Jonathan Maycock for the link. After a council of Afghan clerics issued restrictive guidelines for women, later embraced by President Hamid Karzai, young Afghans streamed to social...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMOR, ISLAM

Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'

Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - 06 March 2012 54 Comments

Afghan policewomen at work: guidelines released by the country's top clerics have been described as reminiscent of the Taliban era when women couldn't go out without a male guardian. Photograph:...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, LAW, RELIGION

Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

AFP - Al Arabiya News - 26 February 2012 40 Comments

Thanks to hauntedchippy for the link. Islam is the official religion of the Maldives and open practice of any other religion is forbidden and liable to prosecution. (Reuters) At the...

TAGGED: HARM, ISLAM, RELIGION

The problem in public life isn’t Islam, but religion itself

Doug Saunders - The Globe and Mail - 21 February 2012 39 Comments

Thanks to Brendan Reid for the link. Note that this article is from Feb 18. There was a call in show on the BBC this morning and there are most likely comments relating to the coverage of...

TAGGED: ISLAM, RELIGION, SECULARISM, SOCIETY

Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

Ron Csillag - The Washington Post - 08 February 2012 126 Comments

Thanks to Helga Vierich for the links TORONTO — Muslim clerics in Canada have issued a fatwa against so-called “honor killings” a week after three members of an Afghan family in Montreal...

TAGGED: ISLAM, RELIGION

Dawkins made it to my Sociology class

Omer Kamal Bin Farooq - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) - 07 February 2012 17 Comments

A Pakistani undergraduate class was shown a Richard Dawkins documentary in a sociology course. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ Growing up in a society that discouraged asking too many questions , I often...

TAGGED: BLASPHEMY, EDUCATION, ISLAM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SOCIETY