Archive for 'Freedom of Expression'
I posted a little while ago about Saif Rahman’s problems with his Facebook group. This seems to be part of a wider phenomenon whereby groups and pages critical of Islam are being targeted. Of course this is going to affect a lot of sites which certainly aren’t going to feature on the HP blogroll, and [...]
This is a guest post by KB Player
Tom Holland’s documentary, Islam: the Untold Story caused controversy and Channel 4 cancelled a repeat screening because of “threats”.
As the Council for Ex-Muslims said:-
The threats and concerted attempt to stigmatise the documentary and its producers by attacking its credibility and even legitimacy as a field of inquiry is nothing less [...]
Saif Rahman was raised a Muslim, but gradually began to question his faith, He found it difficult to believe in a God whose existence couldn’t be proved, and was particularly troubled by reactions to Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. He describes here how a conversation with his cousin helped make him realize that he could no [...]
Posted: June 8th, 2013 under Freedom of Expression.
The Washington Post reports concerns over a clamp down on social media users in the UK following the Woolwich murder:
For at least a half-dozen users, their comments landed them in jail. Acting on complaints from outraged members of the public, British authorities slapped charges of “malicious communication” on the worst offenders.
It seems unlikely to me [...]
Posted: June 3rd, 2013 under Freedom of Expression.
This is a cross-post by Marc Goldberg
Living in Israel, fear comes, quite literally, with the territory. I was afraid when sitting eating hummus in a restaurant when I heard the sirens go off, followed by a rather loud explosion moments later. I was afraid when I was wearing green a couple of days later and waiting to [...]
According to this report, a humanist felt he had been unfairly blocked from a committee discussing how faith was taught in schools:
A council spokesman said: “Sacre is a committee to advise the county council on religious education and collective worship.
“In line with most Sacres across the country there is no Humanist representative on Sacre.
Yet these [...]
Posted: May 12th, 2013 under Freedom of Expression.
Soldiers, not surprisingly given the nature of their job, are the focus of many traumatic news stories. Sometimes they are perpetrators – as with Abu Ghraib. or this horrific attack on civilians in Afghanistan. Often of course they and their families are victims.
In the context of these life-and-death concerns, it seems a bit incongruous that injured [...]
When I first read that a documentary, ‘Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story’, questioning some aspects of Jewish history, in particular the issue of Jewish exile from Jerusalem in 70AD, had been dropped from the BBC schedules at the last minute, I was reminded of the controversy surrounding Tom Holland’s Islam: the Untold Story.
According to a report [...]
After being charged by the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government of Egypt with insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam (the charges were dropped thanks to publicity from Jon Stewart and others), TV political satirist Bassem Youssef was not intimidated:
While I am generally skeptical of comparisons to Nazi Germany, in the case of Egypt’s MB there is a [...]
The pianist and composer, a vocal opponent of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan, has been given a suspended 10 month jail term for his ‘blasphemous’ comments on Twitter.
In one message he retweeted a verse from a poem by Omar Khayyám in which the 11th-century Persian poet attacks pious hypocrisy: “You say rivers of wine flow in [...]