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Drawing the Line: “promoting” same-sex relationships?

Drawing the Line: “promoting” same-sex relationships?

Homosexuality and LGBT rights have has been making headlines. Index hosted a Google Hangout to debate young people's views on same-sex relationships

Religion rules in Russia

Religion rules in Russia

From the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression

Sudan: Sound and fury

Sudan: Sound and fury

From the magazine: The Bishop of Bradford Nick Baines discusses the persecution of Christians in Sudan at a time when minorities are feeling the heavy hand of a leader intent on silencing them

Religion and free speech: it’s complicated

Religion and free speech: it’s complicated

For centuries, free speech and religion have been cast as opponents. Index looks at the complicated relationship between religion and free speech

Charlie Hebdo sued by Muslim organisations

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is being sued by two Muslim organisations for cartoons it published of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in September. The organisations, Algerian Democratic Rally for Peace and Progress and the United Arab Organisation, are demanding EUR 782,500, accusing the publication of inciting violence and racially-motivated hatred against

Don’t feed the trolls

Don’t feed the trolls

An anti-Muslim video, the Innocence of Muslims demonstrated how the politics of fear dominate the online environment. It’s time we took action, argue Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman

Free Speech Bites: Irshad Manji on religion and free speech

Free Speech Bites: Irshad Manji on religion and free speech

Self-described “Muslim refusenik” Irshad Manji campaigns for reform in Islam. Here the feminist author and activist thrashes out the clashes between religion and free speech with Nigel Warburton Download transcript here

Christian demoted for anti-gay marriage Facebook post wins employment case

A Christian man who was demoted after making posts opposing gay marriage on Facebook won in an employment case against his employers today. Adrian Smith, an employee of Manchester’s Trafford Housing Trust, lost his managerial position and received a 40 per cent pay cut after receiving a written warning from his

India: Blasphemy backlash

India: Blasphemy backlash

India's most prominent rationalist faces up to three years in prison after Catholic groups brought blasphemy charges against him. They may get more than they bargained for, says Caspar Melville

Bounty on Salman Rushdie’s life increased

An Iranian religious group has increased a reward offered for the murder of British author Salman Rushdie after blaming him for an anti-Islam film. As Rushdie recounts in his new autobiography, in 1989 Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned him to death for insulting the prophet in his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie has

A new argument for censorship?

A new argument for censorship?

Anti-Islam film: Padraig Reidy asks if this time is different from previous blasphemy rows

Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy

Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy

The protests against controversial film "Innocence of the Muslims" follow a pattern familiar since the days of the Satanic Verses fatwa, says James Kirchick. And so do the reactions of many western liberals Response: Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Film protests about much more than religion

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