Posts Tagged ‘Blasphemy’

Pope’s words on interfaith prayer against coronavirus sparks controversy among Catholics Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Pope Francis is being accused of “blasphemy” and “sacrilege” by some Catholics for participating in an interfaith prayer Thursday with Muslims, Jews and Christians, calling on God to end the coronavirus pandemic. The Abu Dhabi-based multifaith Higher Committee on Human Fraternity formed after the pope’s historic visit in 2019 to the Arabian peninsula. Its nine Read more

Greek government drops plans to criminalise blasphemy Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Greece’s conservative government says it’s scrapping plans to criminalize blasphemy. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said Tuesday that the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that’s being debated in Parliament. It would have made blasphemy punishable by up to two years in prison. The proposal had been widely criticized. Continue reading Related Posts:Blasphemy laws should Read more

Top cardinal denounces Viganò Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has written an open letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò about the endemic corruption Viganò says has invaded the Church’s hierarchy. Noting Viganò had urged him to tell the truth about Archbishop Emeritus Theodore McCarrick, Ouellet – with Pope Francis’s permission – offered Viganò his “personal testimony, as the Prefect of the Congregation Read more

Muslims – Catholics join against blasphemy Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Muslim activists in Indonesia want police to charge one of their hard-line clerics with blasphemy. They have joined Catholic students who accuse the cleric of insulting Christianity. They accuse the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, Rizieq Syihab, of mocking Christians following a sermon on Christmas Day. He reportedly said, “If God gave birth, then Read more

Grand-standing on blasphemy law – archaic but no real threat Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Bishop Steve Lowe the Catholic Bishop of the Hamilton says New Zealanders are fortunate to live in a land where freedom of speech and belief was enshrined in law and blasphemy laws seem archaic. “Some years ago I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Pakistan at a time when their Blasphemy Laws were causing real Read more

New Zealand still has anti blasphemy laws Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

New Zealand still has an anti blasphemy law, though neither the prime minister nor the Anglican archbishop was aware of the fact. The law – which appears not have been used since 1922 – came to light after reports that British entertainer Stephen Fry faced police investigation in the Republic of Ireland for comments he Read more

Christian Governor of Jakarta in court to face blasphemy allegation Comments 0

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was formally named a suspect in a blasphemy investigation on Wednesday Nov 16. It is alleged the he insulted Islam. Naming someone a suspect is a formal step in the Indonesian legal system that means authorities believe they have enough preliminary evidence to consider filing charges. Purnama, who could Read more

Georgia proposes tough religious irreverance law Comments 0

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence severely punishable by law. A proposed bill would impose a 100 lari fine (US$120) for “insults to religious feelings”, which would double for a repeat offence. Desecrating a religious symbol could cost up to 1000 lari. The average monthly salary is Georgia is no Read more

Does free speech give you the right to gratuitously insult? Comments 0

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

“The problem with defending free speech is that if you go to bat for the dead and heroic cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, you also have to defend Hollywood’s right to make jokes about killing the leader of North Korea and a daft heavy metal band’s right to insult a chunk of the public simply because Read more

Humanists claim new Act a de facto blasphemy law Comments 1

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The recently enacted Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 allows for an individual to begin proceedings if it is alleged that a digital communication caused an individual to suffer serious emotional stress by denigrating that individual’s religion. The Humanist Society of New Zealand have taken issue with the Act. They agree there is  a need to address Read more