Pakistani Islamists march to protest the Supreme Court lenient treatment of Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy, in Karachi, Feb. 1, 2019.
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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 this 2013 photo, Bangladeshi mourners carry the coffin containing the body of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider for funeral.
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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.
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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.
Rohingya refugees in paddy field behind the border of Bangladesh in 2017.
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.
Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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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'.
Pakistani religious groups protest against a Supreme Court decision that acquitted Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy, in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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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.
Pakistani Christians attend Easter service in Lahore in April 2018.
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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.
Nigerians don’t trust the police and often resort to mob justice.
Nigeria is on the verge of passing a law to criminalise rampant mob lynching. Other countries have tried to do this and failed.
Demonstrators demanding that Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, should be jailed for blasphemy.
When free speech comes into conflict with religious sensitivity, common sense must prevail.
The crime of blasphemy is about protecting God and Christian doctrine from scurrilous commentary, and Christians from offence.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
A candlelight vigil in Bali shows support for jailed Indonesian politician Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country's controversial blasphemy law.
Pakistani students hold portraits of Mashal Khan who was killed by a mob for alleged blasphemy in in April 2017.
A spate of violence linked to accusations of blasphemy has rocked Pakistan.
There is no dominant Islamist group in Indonesia that represents a coherent Islamic community.
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.
Stained glass window depicting a heretic in the Cathedral of Saint Rumbold in Mechelen, Belgium.
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A recent case of comedian Stephen Fry being accused of blasphemy is a reminder that blasphemy laws are not unique to the Muslim world.
The nativity scene, organised and prepared by Christians in Peshawar just before Christmas.
Christians' plight in Pakistan reflects the confused identity and ideologies of the country they live in.
Religious verses were originally answers to problems that occurred within the social and political contexts of the time.
To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.
The Indonesian police have named Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case.
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.
This candlelit rally in Tunisia was one of the many condemnations from Muslim nations of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.
The tradition of freedom of expression on religious matters is not quite so venerable as many seem to imagine in the outcry at the killing of Charlie Hebdo journalists and cartoonists in Paris. While modern…