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Prophet Muhammad

Anti-Muslim group wants cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in a D.C. transit ad

By Reuters — May 28, 2015
It won the top prize at her group's "Drawing Mohammad" contest in Garland, Texas, before two men armed with assault rifles wounded a security guard in the parking lot.

Texas attack shows evolution of ‘lone wolf’ militants

By Reuters — May 7, 2015
(Reuters) U.S. official said investigators believed it was likely Islamic State militants played an "inspirational" rather than an "operational" role in the attack.

Vatican blasts Muhammad cartoons as pouring ‘gasoline on the fire’

By Rosie Scammell — May 6, 2015
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.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas attack

By Jane Onyanga-Omara — May 5, 2015
"What is coming will be more grievous and more bitter," the statement from the Islamic State group said.

Gunman in Muhammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for years

By Reuters — May 5, 2015
GARLAND, Texas (Reuters) Elton Simpson was charged in 2010 with lying to FBI officials about his desire to travel to Somalia to engage in violent jihad.

Whose group sponsored provocative Muhammad cartoon contest?

By Marisol Bello — May 4, 2015
Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, known for her strident bus ad campaigns, orchestrated the sure-to-offend exhibit of caricatures.

Police shoot dead 2 gunmen at Texas exhibit of Prophet Muhammad cartoons

By Reuters — May 3, 2015
DALLAS (Reuters) The two men drove up to the mock-Mohammad art event, organized by anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, and opened fire, wounding a security officer.

Freedom of the press trumps respect for religion in a new survey

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — January 29, 2015
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who know about the Charlie Hebdo killings still say it was OK to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

Churches in Niger and other former French colonies torched over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 20, 2015
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, coordinator of the Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa, said cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were an act of provocation that could not be justified by freedom of expression.

The ‘Splainer: Why does Islam ban images of the Prophet Muhammad?

By Kimberly Winston — January 8, 2015
(RNS) Is it more blasphemous to depict Islam's Prophet Muhammad, or to kill in his name?

Terror attack at Paris magazine known for controversial Muslim sketches leaves 12 dead

By Kim Hjelmgaard — January 7, 2015
(RNS) Charlie Hebdo is known for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and other controversial sketches and has frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims.

Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics are not amused

By Josephine McKenna — September 24, 2014
ROME (RNS) The two artists said there was no way they would depict the Prophet Muhammad out of their great respect for Islam, but stressed they did not intend to offend any religion.

Travelblog: Hate speech, the First Amendment and religious sensitivity

By Kevin Eckstrom — August 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (RNS) "Everybody knows what hate speech is," my new Pakistani colleague told me. But do we?

The ‘Splainer: Who is the new caliph on the block?

By Kimberly Winston — July 1, 2014
(RNS) The last caliph reigned from the seat of the Ottoman Empire -- that’s Turkey to you -- until he was deposed in1924. Since then many Islamic groups have called for the re-establishment of the caliphate. So how big is the new caliphate, and what does it all mean?

Why some Muslim countries won’t screen ‘Noah’

By Omar Sacirbey — March 31, 2014
(RNS) Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia are among the countries that banned the movie "Noah." But aside from Muhammad, the prohibition on portraying other prophets is neither in the Quran nor the hadith.
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