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Egypt to ban atheism, believing it endangers mental health

In 2014, little more than a week after Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as Egypt’s President, the government announced that it was preparing a national plan to prevent the spread atheism, particularly among the Muslim country’s youth. A few months later Al-Shabab, a government-linked newspaper, stated that atheists were “the country’s second enemy after the Muslim […]

Indonesian Islamist extremists have their claws out for Santa

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) warned this week that it would conduct ‘sweeping operations’ to ensure that Muslim workers in retail outlets aren’t being coerced into wearing Santa costumes or other Christmas apparel. The threat comes in the wake of a 2016 an anti-Christmas fatwa issued by the country’s Islamic Clerical Council. Concerned that these […]

The BBC’s top radio man, James Purnell, is an atheist

And for some this is a huge problem because religious programming forms part of his job of Radio and Education Director, and they are calling for his resignation. Purnell, who was appointed to the job in 2016, is reportedly now at the centre of a row after he told listeners to Radio 4’s Today programme […]

Nottingham-based Muslim radio station falls foul of Ofcom

For the second time this year, Radio Dawn has fallen foul of rules laid down by UK broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom. Last December, the station broadcast a piece of devotional vocal music known as a nasheed that praised the Taliban which included the line: It must be understood that justice will only be handed out at […]

Court setback for Indonesia’s Islamic Family Love Alliance

If there’s one thing one can always be certain about is this: if religious organisations use words like ‘family’, ‘love’, and ‘truth’ to describe themselves, inevitably they turn out to be hate groups. Evidence of this emerged this week when the Family Love Association, known a AILA, was told to get lost after it unsuccessfully […]

Miss Iraq’s peace gesture leads to death threats in Iraq

When Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, right, posed last month for a picture with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, she said it was an expression of a desire for peace. Idan was also pictured – gasp! – wearing a swimsuit. Now it’s being reported that relatives of the Iraqi contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant have been […]

Street preacher and gun nut beats hate speech conviction

Daniel Courney, 33, a deranged evangelist who was convicted earlier this year of using “threatening and discriminatory language” during an anti-Islamic rant in Lincoln, had his conviction overturned this week. Courney, an American missionary who served in the US military and has been a missionary in Nepal and India for eight years, advocates for arming civilians […]

Religion left out in the cold as Oz debates same-sex marriage

Opponents of gay marriage in Australia suffered defeat after defeat yesterday when religious exemptions were systematically kicked into the long grass as the equality bill was debated. According to this report, tempers flared as a series of conservative amendments to the same-sex marriage bill were voted down by large margins in the Senate, defeated by […]

Birmingham hosts a ‘faith summit’. What was the point?

Yesterday, around 400 True Believers™ converged on the University of Birmingham for a multi-faith event organised by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, above. St Theresa of May was ecstatic – and yesterday tweeted: Some heartening responses to the the daffy Tory leader: • Religion has no place in politics … • What is […]

So, young Iftikhar, what did they teach you in school today?

‘That, as a male, I’m superior to women and that, when I marry, I’m permitted to beat my wife if she steps out of line.’ It appears that the best efforts of the authorities to eradicate hateful Islamic teachings has has no effect whatsoever on some Muslim schools in the UK, according to a dossier […]