Topic / Blasphemy

Egyptian TV presenter approves shooting of Jordanian writer

Reporting on the assassination a week ago of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar,  Hani Nahhas, above, of Alhadas Elyoum TV, told viewers that Hattar’s “blasphemy” did not count as free speech and that he deserved to ‘stand trial in God’s court. They say [Hattar] is a martyr, killed for the sake of freedom of speech, but […]

Teenage blogger jailed in Singapore for the second time

Fifteen months after he was given a prison sentence for ‘wounding religious feelings’, teenage blogger Amos Yee, above, was today sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for a similar ‘crime’ and fined $2,000. According to this report, the 17-year-old was found guilty of eight charges – two for failing to turn up at a police station […]

Theroux’s Scientology movie won’t be screened in Ireland

Back in October 2015, Louis Theroux’s film, My Scientology Movie, was shown at the London Film Festival back in October 2015, where it received extensive praise from critics and audiences.  The Telegraph critic Tim Robey wrote: It’s no hard-hitting exposé, but Louis Theroux’s attempt to get under Scientology’s skin is a giddy, Pythonesque delight. He […]

Jordanian writer, on trial for insulting God, is shot dead

Nahid Hattar, above, was hit earlier today by three bullets outside court in the capital Amman where he was standing trial for allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page. According to the BBC, Hattar’s killer was arrested and police are investigating the murder. The prominent writer and political activist was detained in August […]

Turkish pianist finally cleared of insulting ‘Islamic values’

Back in 2012 we reported on the plight of internationally famous pianist, Fazil Say, who was arrested in Turkey for using the Internet to  insult ‘Islamic values’. Well, after a four-year judicial battle, Say has finally been exonerated by the Supreme Court of Appeals, which ruled by a majority vote that his Twitter posts should […]

Blogger arrested for playing Pokémon Go in a church

Ruslan Sokovsky, above, a young Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg, has been arrested for playing Pokémon Go in a church, then posting a video of his ‘crime’. Sokovsky, according to this report, was acting in defiance of an earlier warning broadcast by a Russian state news programme against catching Pokémon on the state border or in […]

Glasgow shopkeeper slain for claiming to be a prophet

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, above, has admitted murdering a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack. According to the BBC, Ahmed, from Bradford in Yorkshire, attacked Asad Shah outside his store in the Shawlands area on 24 March. Shah later died in hospital. The 40-year-old was stabbed after publishing hundreds of videos about his spiritual beliefs […]

New blasphemy case accents Islam’s passion for slaughter

Two Christians and a Muslim have been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. Anjam Naz and Javed Naz, both Christians, and Jafar Ali, a Muslim, were found guilty of  insulting the ‘prophet’ Mohammed by the Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala, Punjab province, and were also sentenced to 35 years in prison. According to this report, […]

Bangladesh: two teachers jailed for insulting Islam

Invoking an arcane law from British colonial rule that makes insulting any religion a crime, a court has jailed two Hindu teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. The case, according to this report, began when students at Hijla High School in Bagerhat district complained that the assistant […]

Slain prof: humanists slam latest Bangladeshi atrocity

The murder yesterday of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, above, prompted the President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), Andrew Copson, to issue a statement condemning the Bangladesh government’s apparent reluctance to take action against Islamist terrorists. Copson said: With the government blaming the victims and presiding over a systemic and conceptual collapse of justice […]