Topic / Apostasy

Barbarism exposed: Saudis are ‘dismayed’

Following reports that a Saudi man is to be beheaded  for posting an online video of himself ripping up a Koran and beating the shredded ‘holy’ book with a shoe comes news that officials are ‘surprised’ and ‘dismayed’ by the way in which human rights violations in the kingdom are being highlighted in international media. Officials, […]

Raif Badawi’s torture

Last May the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to one thousand lashes along with ten years in prison and a one million riyals fine for ‘insulting Islam’ and setting up a web forum called the Liberal Saudi Network. You know what that sounds like? Why it sounds like the action against the founder […]

No democracy, no freedom under Islam

Responding at the beginning of 2014 to public outrage over an alleged blasphemous article, Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, above, urged calm, telling the protesters he would take: All necessary measure to defend Islam and its prophet. Islam, he added: Is above everything, above democracy and freedom. Today it’s reported here that the man […]

Somalian academic gets death threats

In a recently published book about apostasy, Abdisaid Abdi Ismail set out to show that ‘Islam is the religion of humanity and mercy, and it values above all the life of human beings’. Hardliners now want him dead for … apostasy. In an October interview with the Somalian website Sabahi, Adbi argued that “there is […]

Sudanese ‘apostate’ is now in Italy

MARIAM Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq, 27, the woman at the centre of international outrage when she was sentenced to death earlier this year for “apostasy”,  is now in Italy thanks action taken by of the Italian authorities. The mother of two was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court in May on charges of converting from […]

Muslim apostate sues Tulsa church

A MUSLIM who converted to Christianity in the US was subsequently tortured and narrowly avoided being beheaded in Syria. He is now suing the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, Oklamoma, and its pastor, the Rev James D Miller, pictured above, alleging a breach of privacy. The Tulsa County resident, identified only as John Doe in […]

Sudanese apostate won’t be hanged

MOTHER-of-two Meriam Ibrahim was accused of abandoning the Islamic faith by authorities and had been sentenced to death for apostasy for marrying out of the Muslim faith. But in the face of international outrage, Ibrahim, who was forced to give birth in shackles earlier this week while in prison is now to be released. The […]

Amnesty deplores pregnant mum’s death sentence

THE decision of a Sudanese court to sentence a heavily pregnant Sudanese Christian woman to death by hanging for “apostasy” and flogging for “adultery” was described today as “truly abhorrent” by Amnesty International. In a press release AI said that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her 20-month-old […]

Muslim MP branded an ‘apostate’

LABOUR Party MP Sadiq Khan is under police protection after receiving death threats for voting for gay marriage. The threats followed, according to the Peter Tatchell Foundation, after Mufti Muhammed Aslam Naqshbandi Bandhalevi, imam at the Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Bradford, issued a fatwa declaring Khan – one of the five pro-gay marriage Muslim […]

Pastor told to return to Islam – or die

THERE have been numerous twists and turns in the case of Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran for apostasy … or blasphemy … or a breach of security. It’s not clear which. According to the latest news report, Nadarkhanihas been given Islamic literature and ordered to read it. Although Nadarkhani was […]