Topic / Blasphemy

Holy Cow! Crucified bovine outrages Flemish Catholics.

A ‘sodomite artist’ named Tom Herck has outraged Catholics by placing a crucified cow in the Saint John the Baptist Church of Kuttekoven, in the Flemish town of Borgloon. I have no idea whether Herck, pictured above with his provocative artwork, is gay or straight, but check out this headline: It appears on the Pope […]

Islamists in Libya shut down ‘blasphemous’ comic event

Libya’s second Comic Con event was brought to a sudden end on Friday when an Islamist paramilitary group raided it, citing a range of offences against Islam. According to this report, the so-called RADA Special Deterrence Forces (SDF) paramilitary group detained and assaulted some 20 fans. They also seized computers and other equipment, saying that […]

New horror movie will outrage Christians, Catholics especially

In a scathing attack on a movie called Mother!, Kyle Smith of The National Review wrote this week that the film ‘is a macabre pastiche of people’s most cherished and deeply held beliefs.’ Deliberately grotesque and nauseating, and seemingly engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics, Mother! represents a stain on the reputation of Paramount Pictures […]

Death sentence for man who blasphemed on Facebook

In a week that saw Canada ditch its 90-year-old blasphemy law, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook. A court in Bahawalpur yesterday handed down the verdict – the harshest yet for such a crime – after finding Taimoor Raza, 30, above, guilty of insulting the “prophet” […]

Hopes that New Zealand would bin its blasphemy laws dashed

Last week we reported that New Zealand was on the brink of scrapping its blasphemy laws, but today, to the anger of many, politicians voted to keep them. At least for a while longer. According to this report, parliament had the opportunity to remove decades-old anti-blasphemy laws but bailed out yesterday, leaving blasphemy an offence punishable […]

Pokémon Go player sentenced for inciting religious hatred

Ruslan Sokolovsky, above, arrested last August for committing the horrendous crime of playing the video game in the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Yekaterinburg, was given a suspended jail sentence this week. The blogger, according to this report, compounded his offence by posting his caper on […]

Stephen Fry case sounds death knell for blasphemy law in NZ

The foolish police investigation of Stephen Fry for allegedly blaspheming on TV in Ireland has prompted New Zealand to scrap its blasphemy law. According to this report,  David Seymour, above, leader of ACT, a minor opposition party, instigated the move, saying lawmakers of all stripes wanted to end what they saw as an archaic curb […]

Celebrating apostasy and blasphemy in London in July

The Freethinker interviews Maryam Namazi and Marieme Helie Lucas ahead of the International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21 Century scheduled to take place in London between July 22 and 24, 2017. Why organise an international conference on free conscience and expression? Maryam Namazie: Atheists and freethinkers are targeted by Islamists […]

Police halt Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation

An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry during a TV interview has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been offended by the remarks. Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as “capricious”, “mean-minded”, “stupid” and an “utter […]

Indonesian Governor jailed for blaspheming against Islam

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, above, better known by his nickname Ahok, has been handed a two-year jail sentence insulting Islam. According to the Guardian, the blasphemy charge related to Ahok’s use of a passage of the Koran during campaigning for his re-election to the post of Governor  of Jakarta in September, Hardline Islamist groups that this […]