Category Archives: blasphemy

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 […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ blasphemy

Today’s Jesus and Mo, called “brutal,” came with a short emailed addendum: “Today the boys are coming to terms with brutal history.” Well, in some places history hasn’t progressed that much,  Here, from Wikipedia, is a map of where blasphemy is outlawed, and what the degree of punishment is. As the article notes: As of […]

Arab Christians riot in Israel over musem’s display of a crucified Ronald McDonald

Lest you forget that it’s not just Muslim believers who get enraged by images of gods and prophets, have a look at this article from the Times of Israel (click on screenshot) about a big tempest in a small teapot at the Haifa Museum of Art. Haaretz also reports on the physical battle. Enlarged, from […]

Canada repeals its blasphemy law

Thanks to several humanist groups, the Canadian blasphemy law, which hasn’t been much used, has just been repealed. As reported by Humanists UK, the bill passed the Canadian Parliament two days ago and now “awaits royal assent”. (Those ties to the UK still irk me. Why the hell does the Queen have to certify this?) […]