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Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to require death sentence for false accusers

RNS () — Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of … Continued

Blasphemy, the ‘crime’ that cannot be spoken

Imagine being hung upside down by your feet. Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you’re threatened repeatedly with … Continued

Muslim democracies: A new kind of political system?

ANDRE PAIN EPA Egyptian protesters perform the Friday noon prayer, during a protest marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

Omnipotence needs no defense and other obvious theological truths

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA AFP/GETTY IMAGES Egyptian protesters demonstrate outside of the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 4, 2012, against President … Continued

Why Arab spring uprisings and anti-Islam film protests do not compare

AFP/GETTY IMAGES People gather on Dec, 17, 2011 in Sidi Bouzid’s Mohamed Bouazizi square, named after the fruitseller whose self-immolation … Continued

Blasphemy, right to freedom of expression and our most sacred beliefs

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl accused of blasphemy sits in helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi … Continued

Vatican walks a fine line on trying to combat blasphemy

VATICAN CITY — Just one week after Pope Benedict XVI ended his successful visit to Lebanon, the country’s most senior … Continued

Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded world: What the blasphemy law debate can mask

REUTERS Clouds are reflected off the Secretariat Building of the U.N .headquarters during the 67th United Nations General Assembly, in … Continued

Activists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in Pakistan

Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani … Continued

Pakistan should sbolish blasphemy law

AP Local women walk past the locked house of a Christian girl in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Aug. … Continued

Americans, consider own sanctification of objects

AFP/GETTY IMAGES A young Pakistani Muslims walk past the closed house, left, of a Christian girl who has been arrested … Continued

State Department highlights global religious restrictions in new report

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported Monday (July 30), with … Continued

Federal lawsuit charges religious freedom commission with discriminating against Muslims

This story has been updated. Some Washington figures prominently connected with promoting religious freedom overseas are acccused in a federal … Continued

Muslims in the middle

Blasphemy: Impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things Anjum Naveed AP In this May 16, 2007 file photo, … Continued

Shahbaz Bhatti assassinated: murder is not prophetic

This morning, Shahbaz Bhatti, minister of minorities and the sole Christian in the Pakistani government, was shot to death. Mr. … Continued

‘Apartheid’ in Pakistan

By N. Mahmood Ahmad and Amjad Mahmood Khan More than seven months have passed since the Pakistani Taliban attacked two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore massacring … Continued

Political monotheism and the slippery slope to Tucson

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

When hate speaks, how much are we supposed to listen?

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Selective highlighting of scriptures has gone viral

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued