Topic / Islam

UK doctor faces prosecution over Islamic circumcision

The mother of a boy who was circumcised against her wishes is seeking to challenge a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision taken last November not to prosecute the doctor who carried out the procedure. According to this National Secular Society report, via the Sunday Times, the boy was in such pain after he was ritually […]

Education watchdog Ofsted accused of racism over hijabs

The UK’s National Education Union has accused Amanda Spielman, above, head of Ofsted and the Chief Inspector of schools in England, of ‘naked racism and and Islamophobia’ because of her opposition to young Muslim girls wearing hijabs in primary schools. The union’s Easter conference in Brighton, according to this Guardian report, unanimously backed a motion attacking […]

Pakistan: judge hands hard-line clerics a significant victory

Following a recent High Court ruling by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, above, all citizens in Pakistan must declare their religious affiliation before joining the civil service, military or judiciary. All birth certificates, identity cards, passports and voting lists must also indicate the person’s faith. The judgment, according to this report, is a victory for hard-line […]

In South Africa Christians are kicking off over halal produce

Christians in South Africa are reportedly furious over the amount of halal produce in their supermarkets and restaurants, saying they don’t want to eat or drink anything ‘sacrificed to idols’. According to this report, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Commission has been flooded […]

Demand for atheism rises in countries under Islamic rule

The scientist and author Richard Dawkins is giving away translations of The God Delusion in countries under Islamic rule like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. The reason behind the decision is the thirst for atheism in such countries. Whilst 3.3 million copies of the bestseller have been sold since 2006, the unofficial Arabic pdf alone […]

Belgian authorities seize Saudi Arabian controlled mosque

The Grand Mosque of Brussels, leased rent-free by Belgium to Saudi Arabia since 1969, has been taken back by the government in a move aimed at combating radicalism. According to this report, the 99-year lease was been terminated last week “with immediate effect”. The announcement last Friday is Belgium’s first official confirmation of the move […]

Love letter created to counter ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ missive

Muslim Engagement and Development, a national charity promoting political and social engagement and countering Islamophobia in the UK is circulating a “Love a Muslim Day” letter in a bid to counter one that incites violence towards Muslims. While the original “Punish a Muslim Day Letter” offered “rewards” for acts of abuse and violence – burning […]

Hate letters sent to UK Muslims sparks police probe

Letters offering ‘rewards’ to people who abuse or attack Muslims and mosques are being investigated by UK counter-terrorism forces. At the foot of each letter is a box that says: For further enquiries please contact HM Courts and Tribunal Services, 102 Petty France, London  SW1. According to this report, the letters – titled “Punish A […]

Sweden pledges to impose a ban on religious schools

Outlining its education policy ahead of this year’s General Election, Sweden’s governing Social Democrats yesterday pledged to ban religious schools in an effort to combat segregation. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden’s Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi, above, said the Swedish education system needs to be based on the values and principals in […]

Another atheist has a run-in with hosts on Egyptian TV

Last year we reported that Egyptian atheist and human rights activist Ahmed Harqan had stormed out of Rania Mahmoud Yassin’s Al -Assema TV show after the presenter asserted that Egypt ‘unfortunately’ had 866 atheists, and that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’ in her country. We now learn that a second atheist, Mohammad Hashem, above, was […]