Category Archives: blasphemy

Ireland’s blasphemy law rescinded

There is no rational excuse to have blasphemy laws on the books anywhere, yet, as I wrote in my Jesus and Mo foreword, they’re prevalent: 69 of the world’s 195 countries have laws on the books against [blasphemy], though in places the laws are vestigial and unenforced relics of an earlier time. But you can […]

Pakistani lecturer sentenced to death for blasphemy: insulted the Prophet and Qur’an on Facebook

Blasphemy laws should simply not exist, for they penalize people specifically for giving offense to the religious. So they don’t just violate freedom of speech, but they specifically immunize religion against mockery, analysis, and criticism. Here’s a brief segment from my Jesus and Mo foreword to show how prevalent these laws are: 69 of the […]

Two UConn students arrested for shouting racial slurs, violating a Connecticut “anti-ridicule” law

This piece in the New York Times reports that two University of Connecticut students were arrested, apparently by campus police, after shouting racial slurs outside a university dormitory. They were charged with violating a state law that prohibits ridiculing individuals based on “creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race” (see below) Here’s the video, which […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ blasphemy

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “wit”, reminds us that next Monday is International Blasphemy Day. Jesus and Mo try to hoist us with our own petard, but seriously, who has killed somebody because they deny the Big Bang or the truth of evolution? I can’t think of a single killing on these grounds.  

Once again I’m censored in Pakistan

I’ve lost count of the number of times that WordPress has censored part of my site because I committed blasphemy and “hurt religious sentiments”—of Muslims, of course. Usually it’s because I post a Jesus and Mo cartoon and, sure enough, here’s the offending cartoon (which of course will get me censored again): The letter from […]

WordPress once again helps the Pakistani government block my “blasphemous” Jesus and Mo posts

I think this must be the third time that WordPress has cooperated with the Pakistani government in blocking “blasphemous” content on my site. The blasphemy, as you’ll see from the three links singled out, involves reproducing Jesus and Mo cartoons, which have apparently hurt the feelings of Muslims. Indeed, I seem to have committed a […]

Asia Bibi finally leaves Pakistan—for Canada

I’ve written quite a lot about the case of Asia Bibi, whose real name is Aasiya Noreen (see my list of posts here). She’s a Pakistani Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy against Islam under trumped-up charges. She then spent eight years in solitary confinement (blasphemy is a capital crime in Pakistan). Last year, […]

WordPress and the Pakistani government censor my site again, removing a “blasphemous” quote—from the Qur’an!

This is the third time I’ve gotten an email from WordPress telling me that, at the behest of the censorious and easily offended Pakistani government, they’ve blocked some of the content of my site from that country. The curious thing is that what they blocked—on the grounds of blasphemy—is a quote from the Qur’an! And, […]

Good news and bad news. First, the good news: New Zealand repeals its blasphemy law

When I was a kid, my dad would ask me this question. “Jerry, I have some good news and some  bad news. Which do you want to hear first?” I’d say, “The good news.” My father would respond: “The good news is that there’s no bad news.” Then I’d ask, “Well, what’s the bad news, […]

Asia Bibi is free at last

As I’ve reported before (see here, here, here, and here), Asia Bibi (real name Aasiya Noreen) was a Pakistani Christian convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. After eight years on death row (and the assassination of several politicians who supported her innocence), Bibi was freed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.  Although she was accused of insulting […]