Tag: Free Speech

Islam critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands

Geert Wilders Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is due to appear in an Amsterdam court on Wednesday on charges of religious insult and anti-Islam incitement.

The prosecution claims his 2008 short film “Fitna“, as well as statements made in interviews and speeches, incite hatred against Muslims. Wilders has called Islam a “backward” culture and the Koran a “fascist book that incites people to violence.”

Malaysia hearings start in Catholic fight over use of the word ‘Allah’

Malaysia Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church urged a court Monday to let Christians use “Allah” as a translation for God and overturn a government ban that has become a symbol of religious grievances in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

In 2008 The Herald, a weekly magazine circulated among the country’s 850,000 Catholics, nearly lost its publishing licence for using the disputed word.

Christian hoteliers cleared in Muslim woman abuse row

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang A district judge questioned the character of a Muslim convert as he dismissed the case against husband and wife Christian hoteliers who she claimed had deeply offended her new-found religion.

He suggested that Mrs Ericka Tazi’s account of the events could not be relied upon and that she was not quite the religious person she presented herself as the witness box.

Scientology foe’s arrest raises issue of rights

Scientology The arrest of a member of an anti-Scientology group on terrorism-related charges last month thrust Las Vegas into the forefront of a worldwide dispute between the group and the celebrity-laden church.

Authorities say they believed acts of violence were about to be committed against the Las Vegas Scientology church, which is creating a new 36,845-square-foot center on Eastern Avenue to cater to celebrities.

More Bible verses than ever at football games

Religious signs at football games A school district in Georgia, USA, recently decided that cheerleaders could not longer display banners with Bible verses at school football games — one of those ‘Church and State’ issues.

Result? More bible banners than ever, now displayed by fans in the stands instead of cheerleaders on the field.

While constitutional experts agree with the new policy, and many locals understand why it is being applied, the fans are using their right to free speech.