The right to blaspheme is fundamental—and it’s under attack.
In as many as 33 Muslim-majority countries today, most of which have Islam as their state religion, daring simply to speak out against religious customs, express one’s lack of belief, or otherwise say anything deemed offensive by religious authorities is enough to brand one a criminal. If victims are lucky, they might live in purportedly “lenient” countries and get off with a fine and a brief prison sentence. If they are unlucky, they may live in one of the roughly dozen countries in which either blasphemy or apostasy (leaving Islam) is a capital offense. That is, if violent fundamentalist militants don’t find them before the state does.
But even outside the Muslim world, intolerance for those who speak freely about Islamic doctrine is endemic. While apostates can be put to physical death in several Muslim-majority countries, they can face social death in the West, frequently cut off from friends and family and even sometimes subject to abuse.
Pakistan: Teenagers arrested for blasphemy
Washington, D.C.—May 17, 2023
Iranian Cleric Killed… by a Security Guard
Another stateside blasphemy investigation
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Washington, D.C. - Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) today said that WikiIslam had been subject to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack this week. After a brief initial outage, the site remains live. The attack began on Tuesday, April 4th, and consisted of an increase of a thousand times in traffic requests sustained over 27 hours.
Blasphemy in Bahrain
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