Human rights activists say the ruling was a huge setback for religious minorities in Indonesia.
By Steve Pinkerton, Case Western Reserve University Recent weeks have brought renewed attention to the problem of blasphemy
A little later, as I sat in the church, I met Shafi Maseeh, 75, who also lost his son in the same terror attack. He had little
Pakistan's civilian, military and intelligence leaders had gathered three days earlier for an emergency meeting in which
The other Bill the Pakistani Parliament passed will make it easier to convict rapists, thanks to mandatory DNA testing. This
America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.
The implications for values and religious freedom emerge in different forms. Some question the high cost of supporting refugees
In addition, American anti-Muslim sentiment provides false legitimacy to extremists because they are seen as the only people
History has demonstrated that lasting progress is only possible in societies that evolve through the free exchange of ideas. To begin making this possible, Pakistan must cease silencing and murdering its finest children.
Since the 1980s, patronized by the security establishment, the religious right has gained political ground in Pakistan. The goal is to grab political power and impose a harsh version of Islam on a country founded in the name of the religion.
In the West, atheism is growing. Nearly a billion people around the world are essentially godless. Yet, that burgeoning population faces an important challenge in the near future
"Why should I feel any pain or regret for cutting off the hand that was raised against the Holy Prophet?"
Muslims and atheists have nothing in common theologically, but they do share some unenviable commonalities. Since 1937, Gallup has been asking people if they would vote for a generally well-qualified presidential candidate nominated by their party if the nominee belonged to various minorities.
Blasphemy is a crime in Pakistan, the punishment for which can be death. More often than not, it is used to target minority communities, especially the Ahmadiyya, who were declared non-Muslims in 1974, through a constitutional amendment.
I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.
Crowdsourcing the struggle for human rights. Be part of the solution at This law, as many other Shariah compliant
When I first started reading the Quran, my paradigm was drastically different to what it is now. Back then, whether a particular interpretation or belief was rational or not wasn't a prerequisite for believing in it. "It was the word of God, after all!", I thought, "Dare I question it?"