Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:53
A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced a teacher to 15-month jail term over Twitter posts deemed religiously offensive, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday.
The court in the eastern city of Mus ruled that the man, identified as Ertan P., insulted Islamic values with his Twitter handle -- @allah (cc) -- and a series of tweets he posted.
He pretending to tweet as god: "In my present state of mind, I would not have created the little finger of human beings".
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 19:41
25-year-old pregnant woman has been stoned to death by her own family members, with her father dubbing the atrocity an “honor killing.”
Farzana Parveen was killed in broad daylight by nearly 20 members of her family before a crowd of onlookers outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan.
As she walked up to the court’s main gate with her husband Mohammad Iqbal, relatives waiting for the couple’s arrival fired shots in the air and attempted to snatch her away. When she resisted, the attackers, who included her father, two brothers and her former fiancé, started beating her and her husband, before escalating the attack with bricks obtained from a nearby construction site.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 22:54
Former Nixon aide and longtime Republican standard-bearer Pat Buchanan published a column on Friday in which he heaped praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a “traditional Christian” leader who “rejects the moral relativism of the West.”
According to Right Wing Watch the Suicide of a Superpower author published the remarks at “Birther” and conspiracy hub World Net Daily.
The column lamented the degeneration of the European Union into a “soft managerial state” with no real military or economic might.
Symptomatic of the dangerous “cosmopolitanism” that Buchanan claimed is sapping the power from ideas like “home,” “race,” “blood group,” and “fatherland” is the triumph of Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst in the 2014 Eurovision contest.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 22:41
A Chicago-area Catholic priest,who has campaigned in his parish against Internet pornography, has been arrested for publicly exposing himself at a gas station, reports WREX13.
Monsignor Aaron R. Brodeski, 44, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency relating to an incident at a Road Ranger Gas Station, where witnesses say he exposed himself inside the gas station and then again in the parking lot.
According to Winnebego County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro, Brodeski’s actions were observed by adults but no children were present.
Employees at the gas station contacted authorities who were able to track Brodeski down after being provided with his license plate number.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 15:06
Mejri receives same sentence handed down by court of first instance in April for insulting public official.
TUNIS - A young Tunisian freed in March after two years in prison for posting cartoons deemed insulting to Islam, saw his eight-month sentence on a separate charge confirmed on appeal Wednesday.
Jabeur Mejri received the same sentence handed down by the court of first instance in April for insulting a public official, his lawyer Ahmed Mselmi said.
Mejri, an atheist activist, was jailed in 2012 for seven and half years for posting caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, but walked free in March after receiving a presidential pardon.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 13:04
Conchita Wurst is responsible for the flooding in the Balkans that left over 50 people dead, according to church leaders
Conchita Wurst is responsible for flooding that left over 50 people dead earlier this month, church leaders in the Balkans have claimed.
The Austrian drag artist, whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, seized international attention after winning Eurovision 2014 with his hit Rise Like a Phoenix.
However, several church leaders have now claimed the recent devastating flooding across the Balkans, which was the worst in a century and left over 50 people dead, was "divine punishment" for Conchita's victory.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 03:13
Opinion piece: Dismantling an open letter from an American Muslim to Bill Maher
WRITTEN BY FARAN J, AAI NEWS TEAM
It is no longer a surprise that after a horrible act is committed by violent Muslims, Muslim apologists and their friends on the left deny any link between Islam and the people who hold extremist or violent ideas and who justify their beliefs and actions by quoting Islam and Koran. Even some progressive Muslims are sick of it. Even after almost two decades of global terrorism by Islamic terrorists, we are still arguing whether the cause has anything to do with Islam or not! I came across one such piece in TIME magazine, written by an American Muslim who is addressing Bill Maher and his so called recent "Islamophobic rant" against Islam.
Frankly, Rabia Chaudry's letter to Bill Maher is so absurd that I decided to dismantle it completely. So here goes.
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 23:00
Father has complained against his 15 years old son in a court in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government in North Iraq. His teenage boy would have a trial in June first for his criticism to religion.
Awina Website has reported that after Ahmad’s father has complained against his son, Asayesh (Police of Kurdistan Regional Government) has detained Ahmad for 13 days.
Ahmad has reported that the same night he was detained he was tortured by police.
Ahmad Shirvan who has chosen the name Amed Shirvan on his Facebook page and is a student in high school has been subject to violence by his father and Police because of his criticism to Islam in his page in Facebook.
Based on the report published in Awina website Ahmad’s father has taken the case to court in October 23, 2013 and Ahmad has been detained the same night and until November 4, 2013 he was under arrest.
Amed (Ahmad Shirvan) has told to Awina that he was tortured at the same night until 2 AM the next day.
Ahmad has told that when he was transferred to Erbil jail for teenagers he has been subject to violence by other prisoners and when the guards have seen the scene in the surveillance camera they have stopped the violence.
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:40
Under code to be announced next month by Michael Gove, Islamic schools would ensure teachers were vetted by police
A voluntary code of conduct to regulate teaching in madrasas in Britain is due to be announced next month by the education secretary, Michael Gove.
Over the past decade, ministers from all parties have expressed unease at the inability to regulate teaching in the schools, which offer supplementary education outside of mainstream schooling. But they have held back partly due to the amount of regulation that would be required.
The plans have emerged as an Ofsted inquiry continues into claims of an attempt by Islamist extremists to take over as many as 21 schools in Birmingham, a charge that is strongly rejected by many in Birmingham. Gove has appointed Peter Clarke, the former head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, to lead a Department for Education inquiry, one of four investigations being carried out.
Created on Sunday, 25 May 2014 09:51
Sassan Soleimani, the director of one version of the ”Happy in Tehran” video, remains in Rajaee-Shahr Prison in Karaj where he is being deprived of sleep, days after six people who appeared in the video were released from detention, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Soleimani, a 33-year-old filmmaker and animator, told Zendegi Ideal (Ideal Life) magazine in 2013 that when he was taking photos for Hassan Rouhani’s presidential election campaign, campaign officials asked him to suggest a color for campaign materials and he chose purple, which became Rouhani’s official color during the campaign.
Authorities had told Soleimani’s family that he could be released on bail but as of May 24 he was still in prison. The family was told to come back in one week for a visit.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 22:50
At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country’s secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield his compatriots from exposure to accounts, tweets or searches of the social network that he described as “blasphemous” or “unethical.”
All five of those requests were honored by the company, meaning that Twitter users in Pakistan can no longer see the content that so disturbed the bureaucrat, Abdul Batin of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority: crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, photographs of burning Qurans, and messages from a handful of anti-Islam bloggers and an American porn star who now attends Duke University.
The blocking of these tweets in Pakistan — in line with the country-specific censorship policy Twitter unveiled in 2012 — is the first time the social network has agreed to withhold content there. A number of the accounts seemed to have been blocked in anticipation of the fourth annual “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” on May 20.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 22:37
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Women talked about “coming out,” being open with their families, leaving “the closet” at a conference here this month. But the topic was not sexuality. Instead, the women, attending the third Women in Secularism conference were talking about being atheists. Some grew up Catholic, some Jewish, some Protestant — but nearly all described journeys of acknowledging atheism first to themselves, then to loved ones. Going public was a last, often painful, step.
Anyone leaving a close-knit belief-based community risks parental disappointment, rejection by friends and relatives, and charges of self-loathing. The process can be especially difficult and isolating for women who have grown up Muslim, who are sometimes accused of trying to assimilate into a Western culture that despises them.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 14:30
As many took to the polls at the European and local elections today, PinkNews took some time to reminisce on the top ten most homophobic things said by UKIP supporters and candidates over recent years.
From saying PinkNews readers should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, to claiming that it is okay to be homophobic if you are over 70, the party has been a fountain of anti-gay remarks.
In no particular order, here are ten of the worst comments made by the ‘Kippers.
8. UKIP CANDIDATE WRITES ON FACEBOOK THAT “POOFTERS” SHOULD BE SHOT
On 17 February, John Lyndon Sullivan wrote on Facebook: “I rather often wonder if we shot one “poofter” (GLBT whatevers), whether the next 99 would decide on balance, that they weren’t after-all? We might then conclude that it’s not a matter of genetics, but rather more of education ;)”
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:13
Washington - Ads on 20 Metro buses in the nation’s capital link Adolf Hitler with Islam, portraying “Islamic Jew-hatred.”
The ads, placed by American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), show a photo of Hitler conversing with “his staunch ally” Haj Amin al-Husseini, grand mufti of Jerusalem during WWII. The ads are scheduled to run until mid-June according to AFP.
“Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran. Two-thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic countries,” states the ad, in addition to a disclaimer from the Metro transit authority.
Metro says they cannot remove the ads based on a case from 2012 that states bus advertisements are included in free speech protected by the Constitution.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:51
The International Association of Free Thought has learned with indignation of the increased criminal sanctions imposed against the Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi: ten years in prison, 1000 lashes and a fine of 1 million rials, for “insulting Islam.”
Saudi Arabia is a key part of the Western system of alliances in the region. Its allies do not burden themselves with the task of questioning this theocracy and its medieval practices.
In fact, the pronounced decree threatens all shades of freedom of expression since it considers as “terrorists” not only atheists, but also all those who dare to question the fundamentals of Islam as they form the basis of the Wahhabi monarchy. This can include Shiites, Sufis, Alawis, Ahmadiyya, indeed all Muslims, but also Christians and Hindus.
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:49
Pakistan police registered a criminal case against against Geo TV owner Mir Shakeel-ur Rehman and Jang media group for showing a programme that allegedly contained blasphemous content, an official said.
Geo channel on Wednesday staged a mock marriage ceremony of controversial actress Veena Malik as a religious song was played in the background.
District and sessions judge of Okara in Punjab province yesterday ordered that a case be registered against Geo media group owner Rehman, anchor Shaistan Lodhi, actress Veena, her husband Asad Khatak and others over the programme.
Police officer Rana Aziz said Veena, her husband Asad and programme hostess Lodhi were also named in the case registered with Margalla police station in the capital Islamabad.
"They have been charged under Section 295 A, 295 C and 298 A of Pakistan Penal Code, which deal with insulting the religion, and Section 7 of anti-terrorism act," he said.
Veena has recently married and the channel was celebrating the event.
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:36
Sara Lawan’s dream of becoming a lawyer was cut short a month ago when Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents raided her all-girls school in Chibok village, snatching 276 students.
Lawan, 19, and her schoolmates were put into trucks and driven to the edge of the remote Sambisa forest. When the gunmen ordered them to get down and follow them, she and a classmate made a dash for freedom, even though the militants had warned they would be shot if they tried to escape. After spending the night in the bush, they found their way back to the village.
“I thought I would’ve been killed that night,” she said by phone from Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and the birthplace of Boko Haram. “Now I fear to go back to school. I fear that I might be kidnapped again or killed this time.”