Posts tagged "blasphemy"

Sacrilege: an excerpt from Austin Dacey’s The Future of Blasphemy

We do not know what the first blasphemer said. We do know that he was a stranger who came among the Israelites.

Calvin’s Geneva? The New International Discourse of Blasphemy

By Austin Dacey The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards was meeting to address “gaps” in an international human rights treaty on racism and racial discrimination.

What Are Religious Human Rights?

Nora Connor:  Water cooler talk around The Revealer offices keeps circling back to human rights these days (yes, we are a rock-and-roll lot). As in, what are they? Who gets to say what they are, and when and where? Are they “real” in themselves, out there in reality somewhere, waiting their turn to step forward,...

Free Blasphemy

07 February 2006 Just days after the British parliament dealt a blow to the “Racial and Religious Hatred Bill,” long contested by an unlikely coalition of free speech advocates and conservative religious groups claiming that the bill would criminalize their faith and arguing that blasphemy laws on the books (which, incidentally, protect only the Christian...

It’s No Piss-Christ

A Moscow art exhibit entitled “Beware of Religion” has been deemed “insulting” and “overtly provocative” by a district court, which today fined two museum staff members for “actions tantamount to fanning ethnic and religious strife.” In January, the exhibit led to a minor religious riot, with a group of Russian Orthodoxes routing the museum and...

Jesus Christ, Supermodel

Milan has banned a poster ad campaign put out by the French fashion company, Marithé and François Girbaud, featuring a group of women posing in a Last Suppertableau with a Davinci Code-inspired twist: one male model standing in as Mary Magdalene/John the Beloved Disciple. Milan’s advertising watchdog group ruled last month that the image, with its “high...

Susan Sontag’s Legacy

More than 400 artists and writers have signed a letter to publically support Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, the playwright whose controversial play, Dishonour, sparked riots among British Sikhs and led to threats of kidnapping or violence against Bhatti.

25 August 2004 Daily Links

John Safran versus God: Australian comedian/documentary filmaker John Safran (of streaking through Jerusalem fame) has made a new series in which he: has a fundamentalist Islamic cleric put a fatwa on a fellow comedian, is beaten by a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk, attempts to get the Klu Klux Klan to admit him as a member...

Bible Porn

Erik Hanson: “Once, when I was eight, I knelt down at my bed alongside my mother, admitted I was a sinner, and asked Jesus Christ into my heart. Once, when I was eleven, I stood up at a Bible campfire and promised my peers and elders that I would earnestly strive to bring my unsaved...

11 August 2004 Daily Links

Every now and then you come across a prayer that is so crazy, so ecstatic, so much in love with…something that it works for you even if you don’t believe half of what it says. Rob Brezsny‘s prayer to a “Dear Goddess, sweet Goddess, You sly universal virus with no f—— opinion” is one such prayer, and it’s...

13 July 2004 Daily Links

An Australian man accused of trying to hijack a commercial aircraft to crash it into the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in northern Tasmania, yesterday told a court that he believed he was on a mission from God and that the hijacking would rid the world of the Devil. Read more Danish pastor Thorkild Grosboell faces an ecclesiastic...