Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law will not be amended– The decision followed protests demanding that the government reject western influence and criticized Pope Benedict XVI for joining the west in what they claim is “propaganda against the Muslim state.”
Al-Azhar sheikh says protesting forbidden in Islam – Al-Azhar is the most influential Islamic institution in Egypt. One of its leading scholars, Saeed Amer, said even peaceful protests are haram (forbidden) in Islam. Interestingly, this is the opposite of what the International Union of Muslim Scholars recently issued supporting the Egyptian Protests; calling them a ‘Jihad’.
Poll: Egyptians want more Islam in politics – Egyptians want Islam to play a large role in politics, reject radical Islamists and think democracy is the best political system. 84 percent said “yes” to the question, “Should apostates from Islam face the death penalty?”
Israel, Alone Again? – Israelis fear that Egypt will go the way of Iran or Turkey, with Islamists gaining control through violence or gradual co-optation.
Danish free speech advocate acquitted on racism charges – Lars Hedegaard, President of the Free Press Society, was acquitted for referring to the high number of family rapes in Islamic culture. Many saw this as “free speech” on trial. European courts are being used increasingly to try and silence those who say offensive things against Islam. See also “Free Speech on Trial in Europe.”