From 16th-century playwrights to ‘The Good Place,’ wordplay has found clever ways to get around uttering profane and blasphemous language.
Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They’re a tool for crushing dissent.
In recent years Bangladesh has seen an increase in attacks on religious minorities. A scholar explains how certain extreme views on how Islam is to be followed are taking center stage in the country.
Desmond Tutu is by far the most high-profile African, if not global, religious leader to support lesbian and gay rights, and he has done so since the 1970s.
It will take a global effort to slow the rise in
atrocities against religious groups.
Taking on the state with threats and violent protests was met with a swift crackdown by Imran Khan’s new government.
As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of ‘political correctness’.
There has been outrage over the release of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. An expert explains how blasphemy laws are hardly obsolete throughout the West.
With Pope Francis recently elevating a Pakistani archbishop as cardinal, a scholar traces the history of persecution of the 2.5 million Christians of Pakistan.
Nigeria is on the verge of passing a law to criminalise rampant mob lynching. Other countries have tried to do this and failed.
When free speech comes into conflict with religious sensitivity, common sense must prevail.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country’s controversial blasphemy law.
A spate of violence linked to accusations of blasphemy has rocked Pakistan.
There are elements of intolerance and racism in Indonesia. But that does not necessarily mean that an organised Islamic political movement is on the rise.
A recent case of comedian Stephen Fry being accused of blasphemy is a reminder that blasphemy laws are not unique to the Muslim world.
Christians’ plight in Pakistan reflects the confused identity and ideologies of the country they live in.
To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.
About one-quarter of the world’s countries, both in developing and developed economies, have anti-blasphemy laws. Their implementation is always controversial and highly politicised.
Minorities are increasingly facing exclusion from Pakistan’s public realm; and it’s not only terrorists who are responsible.