When thin-skinned Zoroastrians sue Snoop Dogg, we all lose
Members of India’s Parsi community are suing Snoop Dogg and others for featuring a Zoroastrian symbol in a new music video they’ve deemed “insensitive” to their faith. Whatever comes of this baseless lawsuit, free speech will suffer.
Gay marriage * Ramadan deaths * Abortion drone: June’s Religious Freedom Recap
America remains buried under three feet of glitter. More than 1,000 people have died during a Ramadan heatwave in Karachi. And an “abortion drone” was spotted dropping pills over conservative Poland. Read on.
After death threats, Bangladeshi atheist relocates to US
(RNS) Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi gynecologist, novelist and poet, made the move after death threats from al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, which claimed credit for the killing of another Bangladeshi atheist last month.
Geller effect * Rohingya plight * Dad-son marriage: May’s Religious Freedom Recap
Gunmen strengthen Pamela Geller’s brand of Islamophobia. Thousands of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya remain stranded at sea. And a Pennsylvania “father” plans to wed his legally adopted “son.” Read on.
Amos Yee case exposes Singapore’s forced harmony, sacrificial freedoms
Singapore intolerantly forces tolerance on its residents, crushing criticism and dissent with vague laws that criminalize obscenity and religious insult. The latest victim of this hypocrisy? Foul-mouthed teen blogger Amos Yee.
Vatican blasts Muhammad cartoons as pouring ‘gasoline on the fire’
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The front page article in L’Osservatore Romano likened the exhibit in Garland, Texas, to pouring “gasoline on the fire” of religious sensitivities and was critical of its sponsors.
Beef ban * Witch hunts * Too much Guinness : March’s Religious Freedom Recap
An Indian state bans the sale and possession of beef. Tanzanians murder “witches” accused of murdering “magical albinos.” And Ireland nearly outlaws straight marriage, on accident. Who needs April Fools’ Day when reality is this strange?
Charlie fallout * Blasphemy * Everything else: January’s Religious Freedom Recap
New year, new RFR format. Let’s start with a look at how January’s big story played out internationally then spotlight new challenges to religious freedom and freedom of expression across the globe.
Pope Francis’ mis-interpreters: Who’s punch-drunk now?
Why everything you have read about the pope’s remarks on the Paris attacks is wrong — except for this …
Cardinal Timothy Dolan denounces Paris attacks, says satirists not to blame
NEW YORK (RNS) The archbishop of New York seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said Charlie Hebdo editors had brought on their own slaughter.
The ‘Splainer: Why does Islam ban images of the Prophet Muhammad?
(RNS) Is it more blasphemous to depict Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, or to kill in his name?
Détente on Christmas * Beard passes * Christ Bless Mississippi: Religious Freedom Recap
This month’s religious freedom news and views from around the world. Read with caution. Prozac optional.
Brittany Maynard dies * ISIS crucifies teen * Sneaky bat mitzvah: October’s Religious Freedom Recap
Brittany Maynard ends her life. ISIS fighters crucify a Syrian teen for taking photos. And Women of the Wall host a sneaky bat mitzvah in Jerusalem. This and more in this month’s recap.
Under God * Statue porn * Incest rights?: September’s Religious Freedom Recap
From church-state battles in America to religious freedom news around the world. Catch up on last month’s dirt, now with more snark.
On International Blasphemy Rights Day, I stand with Raif Badawi and against Saudi Arabia
Last year a Saudi court convicted Raif Badawi of “insulting Islam” for setting up a website to foster open discussion of religion. He now faces 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. Badawi is one of many victims of victimless thought crimes who need our support.