Misogyny and homophobia on the rise among French Jews

Last month we reported on the launch of a liberal mosque in Germany that drew fire from Islamists because it allowed men and women to interact and was welcoming to gays. Well, today we learn some Jews in Marseille have taken to aping Muslim zealots by targeting the Edmond Fleg Centre, run by Martine Yana, […]

An ‘ask an imam’ booth set up for commuters in a Cairo metro

A fatwa kiosk set up in Cairo’s al-Shohada metro station is reportedly proving a huge success, with people queuing up to get advice from a group of religious scholars inside a green patterned booth. According to the Guardian, it’s the brainchild of sheikhs from Egypt’s highest Islamic authority, al-Azhar al-Sharif. Said one sheikh staffing the […]

Former Muslims are told to shut up about their apostasy

Mohammed Shafiq, above, Chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, has described the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain as a ‘rampant Islamophobic organisation’ that has made its mission ‘to demonise Islam and the religious beliefs of Muslims.’ According to this report, in a televised debate on Russia Today, Shafiq commented on the presence CEMB members of […]

Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe gets top award from IHEU

Nigerian human rights campaigner Leo Igwe, above, has received the 2017 Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He received the award on Sunday from IHEU President Andrew Copson at IHEU’s 2017 General Assembly in London. In this piece published by Modern Ghana, Igwe wrote: I dedicate this award […]

Imam charged for inciting violence against … Muslims

Muslims who neglect to pray in a local Islamic community in Switzerland should be killed, an Ethiopian imam said in a sermon. Now, according to this report, the preacher is in custody, having been charged for inciting violence. The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk […]

Giant Chinese god is covered up because it offends Muslims

After Muslims threatened to tear down a 100-ft statue of a Chinese god, authorities in Indonesia’s East Java Province moved swiftly to cover it up. According to this report, the Chinese deity was covered with an enormous sheet last weekend amid mounting ethnic and religious tensions across the country. The Islamist campaign against the statue, […]

‘Plain stupid’: separate cups for Muslim and non-Muslim kids

A row has broken out in Malaysia over a primary school’s policy of providing separate drinking cups for Muslim and non-Muslim students. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, above, vice-president  of Amanah, an Islamic political party, described the practice as “unfortunate”, saying the drinking water dispenser presented a chance for Muslims and non-Muslims to share something – and […]

Abuse: ‘Everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason’

The headmaster of a Christian school in Nashville alleged told a 12-year-old boy who had suffered repeated sexual assaults to ‘turn the other cheek’ and that ‘everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.’ Brentwood Academy, its head Curtis G Masters, above, and other school personnel are now being sued for $30-million by the boy’s […]

Atheists’ gathering incurs the anger of authorities in Malaysia

Just days after the picture above was posted on the Atheist Republic Facebook page, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in charge of religious affairs said he he had instructed the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department to investigate the local Atheist Republic chapter to see if any Muslims were involve According to this International Humanist and Ethical Union report, […]

Irish road problem: finger of blame pointed at … fairies!

Until today I had never heard of fairy forts. Then along came a report from the Irish Times which says that a relatively new road is cursed because fairy forts were destroyed in its construction. The theory that it’s the-fairies-wot-did-it was put forward by Ireland Independent Teachta Dála Danny Healy-Rae, above. He insists that a […]