Posts Tagged ‘Blasphemy’

Does free speech give you the right to gratuitously insult?

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

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

Christian mother to be executed for blasphemy

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to the nation’s Supreme Court against the death sentence given to a Christian woman for blasphemy. Last week, the Lahore High Court upheld the sentence handed down in 2010 against Asia Bibi. She is the first Christian woman ever to be given the death sentence in Pakistan. One source Read more

Should blasphemy offence be removed from Irish Constitution?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Ireland’s legislators have been urged to exercise caution in preparing changes to the nation’s Constitution dealing with blasphemy as an offence. A Constitutional Convention has recommended removing the blasphemy provision, following overwhelming support for this in submissions. But a date for a referendum has yet to be decided. The Church of Ireland’s David Pierpont, Archdeacon Read more

Russians could now go to prison for blasphemy

Friday, July 5th, 2013

While most of the Western World turns a blind eye to blasphemy, Russia has just enacted a tough law that imposes heavy fines or even a prison term. The law applies to “public acts that manifest patent disrespect for society and are committed with the aim of offence to the religious feelings of believers”. The Read more

Dog Jesus OK’ed by Broadcasting Standards

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The depiction of Jesus as a dog in adverts for The Graham Norton Show has been deemed appropriate by the Broadcasting Standards Authority. The TV advertisement, which aired in December, included a photograph of a couple dressed as Mary and Joseph holding a dog in swaddling clothes. In the week leading up to Christmas, TV3 broadcast the Read more

‘Land mafia’ link to attack on Christians in Pakistan?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Real estate interests in a “land mafia” may have been behind an attack on Christians by a 3000-strong mob which burnt 180 homes and two churches in a Christian quarter of Lahore, according to Pakistan’s Minister of State for Harmony. In a motion presented in the federal senate, the minister, Akram Masih Gill, who is Read more

100 Christian homes burned by mob in Pakistan

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

A crowd of about 3000 Muslims has attacked and burned about 100 homes of Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, for a case of alleged blasphemy. The crowd also threw stones and injured several police officers who rushed to the scene to stop the violence. Between 120 and 140 Christian men, women, children were admitted to hospital. Read more

Blasphemy charge against girl dropped in Pakistan

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A court in Pakistan has dropped a controversial blasphemy charge against a Christian girl accused of burning pages from the Koran, but many others are suffering under the same draconian blasphemy law. Rimsha Masih, who is 14 but considered to have a lower mental age, was charged after being accused by a neighbour, a Muslim Read more

Chapel Bar & Bistro religious ad, blasphemy

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

With a name like Chapel Bar & Bistro, one can assume its advertisements would take on a religious motif. What some may interpret as clever allusion, others may interpret as blasphemy. Chapel Bar & Bistro, located in Ponsonby, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, is celebrating its seventh anniversary. In honor of “seven years of Read more