Tags: Blasphemy

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Soon after the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) announced that it had abandoned its plans to persuade the UN to impose a global blasphemy law, the Arab League has stepped in to take up the cry. Read More »

Islamic bloc abandons plans for global blasphemy law at UN

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation has revealed that it has abandoned plans to introduce a global blasphemy law through the United Nations. Read More »

Secularist students kicked out of Freshers’ Fayre for offending Muslims with pineapple labelled Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012

Students from the University of Reading Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) were forced to leave the Freshers' Fayre this week after they labelled a pineapple "Mohammed" and put it on their stall. Read More »

Blasphemy charge over Facebook page that mocked monk – sign the petition

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012

A man in Greece has been charged with blasphemy after he made fun of a revered monk on his Facebook page. It is thought the arrest was brought due to agitation from the right-wing Golden Dawn political party. Read More »

UK signs agreement on “religious freedom” with OIC

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2012

Concerns have been raised by the National Secular Society that the UK's stance on free speech could be compromised by an agreement signed at the United Nations between this country and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). Read More »

Council of Ex-Muslims: Islam documentary must be shown

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is calling for Tom Holland's Channel 4 documentary Islam: The Untold Story to have a repeat showing, after the broadcaster cancelled it following threats and menaces from Islamists. Read More »

More religious censorship from advertising watchdog

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012

The Advertising Standards Authority is once again acting as blasphemy-finder-in-chief as it bans yet another advertisement that it has decided is "likely to cause serious offence" – this time to Sikhs. Read More »

European Humanist Federation: "Greece must abolish blasphemy laws"

Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012

The European Humanist Federation, to which the National Secular Society is affiliated, has protested to the Greek Justice Minister about the arrest of three actors on charges of blasphemy. Read More »

Religious threats to free speech in Britain and Poland

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012

A man in Boston, Lincolnshire has been warned by the police that if he puts up a small poster in his window that says "religions are fairy stories for adults" he could face arrest. Meanwhile, in Poland a popular singer known as Doda has lost an appeal over "offending the religious feelings". Read More »

Advertising watchdog accused of inconsistency over ads featuring religious imagery

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012

The National Secular Society has accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of being inconsistent in dealing with complaints about ads using religious imagery after the watchdog cleared an advertisement that appeared to mock Jesus' second coming but had previously banned adverts for ice cream featuring a pregnant nun and apparently gay priests. Read More »

Kuwait must not impose death penalty for blasphemy, says Amnesty

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012

A proposed legal amendment that would make blasphemy a crime punishable by death in Kuwait would be a massive step backwards by the country's authorities, if passed by parliament, Amnesty International have said. Read More »

Dutch liberals drop support for abolition of blasphemy law

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012

A fundamentalist Christian political party is holding the Dutch Parliament to ransom as it forces a backtracking on the abolition of blasphemy laws. Read More »

London School of Economics brings back blasphemy

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2012

The London School of Economics Students' Union has effectively made blasphemy an offence following protests from Muslim students about a Jesus and Mo cartoon posted on the Atheist Secular Humanist student group's Facebook page. Read More »