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Lawmaker Brings Back Contest That Angers Many Muslims

Geert Wilders revives the Mohammed cartoon competition

(Newser) - Nothing like a good contest caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad—if you're a firebrand politician, that is. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said Saturday he was reviving a contest for Mohammad cartoons after he had dropped such a plan last year amid fear of attacks, Reuters reports. "Freedom of...

World First: Death Penalty for Facebook Posts

30-year-old man in Pakistan is convicted of insulting Mohammed online

(Newser) - Pakistan just put a man on death row because of his Facebook posts. In what is believed to be the first death penalty sentence anywhere over social media content, a court convicted the 30-year-old of insulting the prophet Mohammed and his wives, reports Reuters . The details about Taimoor Raza's...

Saudis Destroy Artifacts in Mecca's Grand Mosque

Including column where Mohammed began 'heavenly journey'

(Newser) - Has Saudi Arabia's rebuilding of Mecca gone too far? The Independent is running photos of construction crews as they demolish areas of the Grand Mosque—Islam's holiest site—including a column that marks the place where Mohammed is said to have started his journey to heaven on a...

French Paper Publishes Nude Mohammed Cartoon

Paris shutters embassies in 20 countries

(Newser) - France is on lockdown today after a satirical French newspaper published cartoons of the prophet Mohammed—including at least one featuring the prophet naked, reports ABC News. Fearing reprisals, Paris has closed embassies in 20 countries, reports the Jerusalem Post . The caricatures in the cheeky weekly Charlie Hebdo make fun...

Fox Host: Where Are Feds in South Park's Holy War?

Nobody's condemning cartoon's attacks on Christianity, says Todd Starnes

(Newser) - A Fox News commentator is getting into the spirit of religious protest. Todd Starnes , host of Fox News & Commentary, wants federal officials to investigate South Park for its attacks on religion, reports Today . "We have seen the administration say, 'We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith,'...

Cast, Crew of Anti-Islam Film: We Were Misled

References to Mohammed dubbed in after filming

(Newser) - The cast and crew of the anti-Islam movie that sparked violence in Egypt and Libya say they were "grossly misled" about the nature of the film and are horrified by its consequences, reports CNN . Cast members say they were recruited to star in a movie called Desert Warriors, described...

Bill Maher Defends Islam Comments

Host won't 'apologize for being a proud Westerner'

(Newser) - Bill Maher isn't backing down from his controversial remarks on Islam and Muslims . The HBO host told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he doesn't feel the need to "apologize for being a proud Westerner," Mediaite reports. By Westerner, Maher explained, "I mean someone who believes in the values...

Bill Maher Doesn't Want West 'Taken Over by Islam'

'It's not because of the race, it's because of the religion'

(Newser) - Bill Maher, no fan of organized religion, isn't thrilled with news out of Britain that Mohammed is the most popular baby name there. “Am I a racist to feel alarmed by that?” he asked on his Real Time show last night, reports Mediaite . “Because I am. And it’...

Mohammed: Top Brit Baby Name?

'Oliver' tops official list

(Newser) - Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys in England, according to some calculations. Official figures released this week reveal that Oliver is now the country's most popular boy's name—ending Jack's 14-year-reign—but some publications have noted that if the various spellings of the prophet's name were...

South Park Creators Need Protection—and Solidarity

Hollywood should step up with campaign against extremists

(Newser) - Dismissing those who threatened South Park's creators as mere cranks or fringe extremists is a potentially deadly mistake, warns a Dutch politician who received death threats herself after criticizing Islam. The warning from a radical website may not have broken the law, but it still amounts to an "informal...

May 20 Is 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'

Blogger's idea is taking off

(Newser) - Get your pens, ready: May 20 is now "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," declares Dan Savage's blog at the Stranger . It's in support of the South Park creators and gaining steam. Michael Moynihan at Reason will be accepting submissions, and Allahpundit is giving it a push at Hot Air...

South Park Creators: We Didn't Censor Show

We always 'stand behind' our programs

(Newser) - It takes more than a threat from a radical Muslim group to spook South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The pair have released a statement stressing that it was Comedy Central, not them, who bleeped out the name "Mohammad" and statements from Kyle, Jesus, and Santa Claus...

Met Yanks Mohammed Art
 Met Yanks Mohammed Art 

Met Yanks Mohammed Art

Is Metropolitan Museum of Art getting jihad jitters?

(Newser) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may be burying its collection of Islamic art, all in the name of political correctness.Three ancient renderings of the prophet Mohammed are no longer on display. “This is typical of the Met—trying to avoid any controversy,” an inside source tells...

Ahmadinejad Is Not Jewish
 Ahmadinejad Is Not Jewish 

Ahmadinejad Is Not Jewish

Iranian president's family is about as Muslim as can be

(Newser) - The bombshell claim that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's family is Jewish is false. The assertion was based on the fact that the family changed its last name from Sabourjian shortly before the Iranian leader's birth, and the "fact" that Sabourjian means "weaver of the sabour," which the Telegraph said...

Mohammed Now London's Most Popular Boys Name

Prophet's name knocks Daniel into second place in British capital

(Newser) - Mohammed has beaten out old favorites like Jack and Oliver to become the most popular name for baby boys in London, the Telegraph reports. British government figures show that the name—when variant spellings like "Muhammed" are included—is more than twice as popular in the British capital as...

Mohammad Child Bride Book Hits US Early

Publisher moves up release date after London firebombing

(Newser) - A controversial novel tracing the life of the Prophet Mohammed's child bride has been rushed out early by its US publisher, Reuters reports. The Jewel of Medina's British release was suspended after its London publisher's headquarters was firebombed. Beaufort Books—which took the project after Random House dropped it amid...

US Publisher Yanks Novel on Mohammed

Random House feared violence over work on prophet's child bride

(Newser) - Random House has pulled a book about the life of Mohammed due to be published this week, Reuters reports. The company feared that The Jewel of  Medina, a historical novel and love story about Mohammed and Aisha—a child bride who was engaged to the prophet when she was 6—...

Mohammed Cartoon Goes on the Market

Artist, in hiding, calls drawing 'a symbol of freedom of expression'

(Newser) - Kurt Westergaard, the artist behind the most controversial of the Danish cartoons that sparked fierce Muslim protest in 2005, is looking to sell his drawing. The sketch of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban has sent Westergaard into hiding, under police protection, and potential buyers may be scared off...

Al-Qaeda Puts Price on Head of Cartoonist

$100,000 for murder of Swede who drew offensive image

(Newser) - An al-Qaeda affiliate is offering a reward to slaughter a Swedish cartoonist who drew an image offensive to Muslims. In an online statement, Islamic State in Iraq offered $100,000 for Lars Vilks' murder and $50,000 for that of the newspaper editor who published the cartoon. The reward escalated...

Egypt Suffers From a Fatwa Free-for-All

Urine-drinking, breastfeeding edicts jeopardize religious authority

(Newser) - The credibility of fatwas, the religious rulings that guide daily life for Muslims, is being strained in Egypt, the New York Times reports.  A flap ensued recently when one authority ruled in favor of  drinking the Prophet Mohammed’s urine and another approved co-ed workplaces if the women breast-fed...

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