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Islamic petition to cleanse Wikipedia of representations of Muhammad
Petition seeks to get the free online encyclopaedia to remove representations deemed offensive to religion. Wikipedia rejects the request on the grounds that it is neutral and cannot be censored for the benefit of any particular group.
Protests flanked by calls for calm about Muhammad video
The governments of Amman and Teheran have responded with caution: "the best answer to such offences is to be more attached to our religion." Indonesian fundamentalists from the Indonesian Mujahdeen Council were harsh in their condemnation.
Religious intolerance is taught every day, says Church in Pakistan
The National Commission for Justice and Peace calls the Muhammad cartoons published by a Danish paper a provocation but says that intolerance is part of Pakistan's language of politics, mass media and school textbooks, hence the need to develop a culture of peace. More protests occur in Karachi today.
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Saudi human rights groups against the marriage between a child bride and a 50-year-old man
The country’s human rights commission reiterates the need for a minimum age for marriage. The Shura Council, the kingdom’s consultative assembly, tells its committee dealing with social affairs, family and youth to study the issue and file a report to the council for discussion.
New “blasphemy” case, Catholic lawmaker against government
Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic member of Pakistan’s National Assembly and chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, calls on the government to change the infamous blasphemy law and free Christians jailed on blasphemy charges without evidence. The case of Dr Sardar is particularly serious; he could be hanged because someone wanted to settle a personal score.
For Muslim scholar, political and economic interests are behind the violence in God's name
Mohmmad Nokkari is a law professor and a former director of Dar El Fatwa. He explains that one can find important interests, "behind the fanatic religious discourse”. He slams the “great manipulators” who turn a “merciful and compassionate God” into a one of mystery. Delving into the roots of Islam, he looks at extremist movements, from the Kharijites to the Islamic state.
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