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Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights

Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights

The fact that people are being murdered for who they are rather than what they did should make us realise that there is no responsibility we can exercise that will mitigate the core problem

Maajid Nawaz: On blasphemy

Maajid Nawaz: On blasphemy

Guest post: In an essay for Centre Forum Maajid Nawaz, author of Radical, stresses the importance of strong liberal leadership in the face of extremist minorities

Nadhim Zahawi MP: It’s time for the Islamic world to support free speech – and repeal blasphemy laws

Nadhim Zahawi MP: It’s time for the Islamic world to support free speech – and repeal blasphemy laws

You can’t kill an idea by killing people. The sickening attack on Charlie Hebdo has shown that to be true. As France mourns her dead, millions around the world are discovering the work of her bravest satirists. Nous sommes Charlie.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.

Cancellation of play causes furore in Poland

Cancellation of play causes furore in Poland

The Polish theatre scene has been rocked by controversy since late June after the cancellation of Golgota Picnic, a show by the Argentinian theatre maker Rodrigo Garcìa that had previously aroused protest in France. Jeff James writes

Rashid Rehman: “Courage in the face of threats and harassment”

Rashid Rehman: “Courage in the face of threats and harassment”

Early last month when human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman, from Multan, in Punjab province, was threatened that he would not be present at the next hearing as he would not be alive, it was no idle threat. Zofeen Ebrahim reports on the latest assassination to rock Pakistan

US report criticises Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws

US report criticises Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws

There are 14 individuals known to be on death row while 19 others are serving life sentences on charges of committing blasphemy, according to new report. Zofeen Ebrahim writes

US court orders Google to remove Innocence of Muslims film from YouTube

US court orders Google to remove Innocence of Muslims film from YouTube

New twist in tale of controversial film, writes Padraig Reidy

Is Katy Perry in the Illuminati? Or is she just not that into you?

Is Katy Perry in the Illuminati? Or is she just not that into you?

Sometimes it's more comforting to believe the conspiracy theory than face the fact that the world keeps turning whether you're on it or not, says Padraig Reidy

“Blasphemous” play cancelled in UK after protests by religious fundamentalists

“Blasphemous” play cancelled in UK after protests by religious fundamentalists

Renowned theatre group has Bible show cancelled after complaints. Padraig Reidy reports

Greece: When satire cannot be tolerated

Greece: When satire cannot be tolerated

A satirical Facebook page created by a blogger to mock a well-known Greek Orthodox monk has resulted in a prison sentence and opened a debate on Greece's blasphemy laws. Christos Syllas reports

Religion rules in Russia

Religion rules in Russia

From the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression

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