Tag Archives: blasphemy and defamation of religion

Enforcing Orthodoxy

The idea of a state church does not necessarily fill me with horror. It rather depends on the state. And it rather depends on the church. Given the history both of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church, this story (via … Continue reading

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Attacking The Infidel

Reason‘s Michael Moynihan has the details (complete with video) of yet another attempt to suppress free speech in the name of religion: Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist who drew Mohammed as a dog, was recently told that a scheduled lecture … Continue reading

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Bad News Bear

If Comedy Central ever had a reputation for being an “edgy” channel it has lost it now. The story of the channel’s decision to, uh, tinker with episode 201 of South Park ought to be well known to many who … Continue reading

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From the Glass House

The effort by some, mainly Islamic, nations to use the United Nations in an attempt to muzzle what they refer to as “defamation” of religion on the pretense that it constitutes some sort of infringement of the rights of the faithful … Continue reading

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Blasphemy Laws (By Other Means)

Here’s a story from the London Times on how the Britain’s libel laws may be used to do their bit in stamping down free speech: UP TO 95,000 descendants of the prophet Muhammad are planning to bring a libel action … Continue reading

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Miscellany, April 22

For those who liked the earlier item on pareidolia (the tendency of observers to see religious or other significant images in random patterns) here’s a photo gallery with more such apparitions, including a “hand of God” in an image of … Continue reading

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Miscellany, January 21

* Obama’s mention of “non-believers” draws wide discussion, including Steve Chapman (who also lets Rick Warren have it), Katherine Mangu-Ward, and a New York Times blog thread with 275 comments; * The right to criticize religion: “Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders … Continue reading

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“Defamation of religions” at the United Nations

As Canada’s National Post reports, they’re still at it: Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being used to limit freedom of speech. Combating Defamation of Religions passed 85 … Continue reading

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