Tagged with blasphemy

COMMENT: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

By Benedict Rogers (Reposted from one year ago. Extended version available here) Benedict Rogers is a writer and human rights campaigner with Christian Solidarity Worldwide based in London. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission. On 11 August 1947, Pakistan’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah spelled out his vision for … Continue reading

NEWS: Don’t Blaspheme in Ireland—It May Cost You!

Irish atheists are rallying against a new blasphemy law included in an Irish defamation act passed in 2009. Under this law, “a person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €25,000.” “Blasphemous matter” is defined as “matter that is [intentionally] grossly … Continue reading

NEWS: First International Blasphemy Day

September 30, 2009, will mark, for many freethinkers, the first international Blasphemy Day. The new holiday–or unholyday–is being promoted by the Center for Free Inquiry (CFI). It will be inaugurated by an art exhibit in Washington DC, a soap-box style “speaker’s corner” in Toronto, and a Blasphemy-Fest! film-viewing in LA, all held at CFI centers. … Continue reading

NEWS: ‘God’s Hotline’

The Dutch artist Johan van der Dong has recently unveiled his latest artwork entitled ‘Godphone’. Forming part of an exhibition looking at the changing face of religion in the Netherlands, van der Dong’s installation is designed to offer an opportunity to leave a message for God. By electing to use a mobile phone in his … Continue reading

NEWS: God on Trial: Case Dismissed

Judge Marlon Polk has recently dismissed a case against God, on the grounds that the defendant has no address. In the case, brought by State Senator Ernie Chambers, God was alleged to have been responsible for the ‘widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants’. The complete law suit acknowledges … Continue reading

NEWS: Turkey Bans Richard Dawkins’ Official Website

Internet users in Turkey have been denied access to Richard Dawkins’ official website after Istanbul’s second criminal court of peace banned the site earlier in September on the charge that it contained materials offensive to the Turkish creationist Adnan Oktar who has published many works against evolutionism under the pen name of Harun Yahya. In … Continue reading