(RNS) The growing misuse of the blasphemy law has riled some Pakistanis and, increasingly, foreign powers.
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(RNS) Despite widespread blasphemy charges, universal freedom of conscience lies at the heart of Islam.
(RNS) From “Me So Holy” to “iSlam Muhammad,” Apple has banned at least five iPhone apps with religious themes deemed too controversial for download.
(RNS) One caller to the TV program asked in Urdu what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad. “We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer,” was the response.
(RNS) In remarks that may prompt a theological debate about the nature of salvation, Pope Francis declared that God “has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone!”
(RNS) A international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday (April 25) outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasphemy.
Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, has ruled out introducing the death penalty for blasphemy.
(RNS) Muslims who abandon their faith often face challenges not faced by those who leave other religions. Divorce and disowning are common, as is the threat of physical violence.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic leaders in Muslim countries are calling for a U.N. resolution against blasphemy — a potential problem for the Vatican as it tries to combat religious desecration while stopping short of endorsing laws to outlaw it. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl charged with blasphemy. By Adelle M. Banks.