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IHEU condemns murder of yet another Bangladeshi atheist

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has renewed calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to give better protection to non-believers after atheist publisher Shahzahan Bachchu was murdered on Monday, June 11. Bachchu was known locally and within the secular Bangladeshi movement as an outspoken, sometimes fiery activist for secularism. He printed poetry and books related […]

Indian chess star snubs Iranian event over religious dress code

Woman Grandmaster and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan has refused to participate in the Asian Team Chess Championship in Iran later this year, saying ‘surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in sports.’ Last week she used Facebook to break the news of her decision to pull out of […]

Austrian action against radical Islam branded ‘Islamophobic’

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, above, has angrily reacted to reports that Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams. Kalin said the move was the result of an “Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave” in Austria and was an attempt to target Muslim communities for political gains. He […]

Muslims force removal of Saudi flag from World Cup bunting

When UK brewery giant Greene King decided to decorate its pubs with World Cup bunting, it had no inkling that such an act would annoy Muslims. Why? Because the flags of the 32 competing nations included one from Saudi Arabia, which proclaims: There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet. And you can’t […]

Former UK imam jailed for abusing a boy in a mosque

Mohammed Rabani, 61, a former imam at a mosque in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, today (Thursday) received a five-year jail sentence after he was found guilty earlier this month of of three charges of indecent assault committed 25 years ago. According to this report, Nottingham Crown Court’s judge Gregory Dickinson QC told Rabani that the fact that the […]

Ejaculating onto a Koran is wrong on so many levels

Indian Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik, above, says masturbation is harmful. He warns that, among other things, its leads to back pain, weakness of memory and eyesight and premature aging. Oh, and it causes legs to shiver. When Naik issued his warning in last December, it would not have occurred to him that someone might […]

Who invited these imbeciles to the US’s Jerusalem embassy?

The Trump administration claims that it hasn’t a clue how two Christian supremacist preachers, Robert Jeffress, left, and John Hagee, became involved in the US’s new embassy in Jerusalem. In the wake of the bloodshed sparked by the opening – at more than 60 Palestinian protesters died when Israeli security forces opened fire on them […]

Outrage as teenage rape victim gets Islamic death sentence

Human rights groups around the world have expressed outrage over the fact that that a Muslim teen in Sudan, Noura Hussein, was sentenced to death this week for murdering husband after he had raped her. According to this report Hussein had no desire to get married. She was about 16, an aspiring teacher who hadn’t even […]

Muslims condemn French call to rid the Koran of its nasty bits

The head of the Great Mosque of Bordeaux, Tareq Obrou, above, is one of a number of Muslim leaders who have expressed outrage over an  ‘almost blasphemous’ letter signed by by 300 public figures who want ‘hateful’ verses in the Koran struck out. According to this report, the letter, titled Manifesto against the new anti-Semitism, has […]

More American Muslims are supporting same-sex marriage

A new report just released shows that opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased across a broad swath of religious groups in the United States – and that, for the first time, Muslims are part of the significant shift towards equality. According to this report, findings from the Public Religion Research Institute’s 2017 American Values Atlas, published […]