Islamic TV station in England fined for inciting violence
(RNS) One caller to the TV program asked in Urdu what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad. “We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer,” was the response.
Pope Francis: God redeemed everyone, ‘not just Catholics’
(RNS) In remarks that may prompt a theological debate about the nature of salvation, Pope Francis declared that God “has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone!”
Atheists rally around jailed Bangladeshi bloggers
(RNS) A international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday (April 25) outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasphemy.
Al Jazeera Video: Bangladesh PM rules out blasphemy law
Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, has ruled out introducing the death penalty for blasphemy.
SIDEBAR: Muslims embracing atheism often face a lonely journey
(RNS) Muslims who abandon their faith often face challenges not faced by those who leave other religions. Divorce and disowning are common, as is the threat of physical violence.
Vatican walks a fine line on trying to combat blasphemy
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic leaders in Muslim countries are calling for a U.N. resolution against blasphemy — a potential problem for the Vatican as it tries to combat religious desecration while stopping short of endorsing laws to outlaw it. By Alessandro Speciale.
Activists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in Pakistan
(RNS) Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl charged with blasphemy. By Adelle M. Banks.