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Words associated with Christianity and British history taken out of children's dictionary

by Julie Henry, Education Correspondent

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Words associated with Christianity and British history taken out of children's dictionary
December 8, 2008
London

 

Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.
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Afghan student gets 20 years in blasphemy case

By Laura King

Journalism student accused of criticizing Islam by asking questions in class about women's rights under Islam is sentenced to 20 years in prison. This is Shariah Law at work.

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Afghan student gets 20 years in blasphemy case
October 22, 2008
Kabul, Afghanistan

Reported from Kabul, Afghanistan -- In a case that has illustrated Afghanistan's drift toward a more radically conservative brand of Islam as well as the fragility of its legal system, an appeals court Tuesday overturned a death sentence for a student convicted of blasphemy but sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

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Criminalizing Criticism of Islam

By Elizabeth Samson

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Criminalizing Criticism of Islam
September 10, 2008
Jordan

 

There are strange happenings in the world of international jurisprudence that do not bode well for the future of free speech. In an unprecedented case, a Jordanian court is prosecuting 12 Europeans in an extraterritorial attempt to silence the debate on radical Islam.

The prosecutor general in Amman charged the 12 with blasphemy, demeaning Islam and Muslim feelings, and slandering and insulting the prophet Muhammad in violation of the Jordanian Penal Code. The charges are especially unusual because the alleged violations were not committed on Jordanian soil.

Among the defendants is the Danish cartoonist whose alleged crime was to draw in 2005 one of the Muhammad illustrations that instigators then used to spark Muslim ri

ots around the world. His co-defendants include 10 editors of Danish newspapers that published the images. The 12th accused man is Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who supposedly broke Jordanian law by releasing on the Web his recent film, "Fitna," which tries to examine how the

Quran inspires Islamic terrorism.

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The Jewel of Medina Censored

 by Mark Whittington

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The Jewel of Medina Censored
August 07, 2008
Unites States

First it was cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad that caused threats of violence, actual violence, and calls for censorship. Now it's a racy romance novel about Muhammad called The Jewel of Medina, which is stirring controversy, according to the Wall St. Journal.

 

The Jewel of Medina, written by Sherry Jones, was supposed to be published on August 12th. Sherry Jones was to go on a book tour to promote her historical romance about the relationship between the Prophet of Islam and one of his wives, Aisha. Instead fear of terrorism and a reticence about any kind of open discourse about Islam and its founder has caused the publisher Random House to postpone the publication of The Jewel of Medina indefinitely. Sherry Jones and her literary agent are shopping the book to other publishers.
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Kuwait to introduce legislation to punish Internet offenders

By Associated Press 

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Kuwait to introduce legislation to punish Internet offenders
Jul 27, 2008
Kuwait City

Internet offenders will no longer be able to escape punishment in Kuwait, the small oil-rich state's prosecutor general, Hamed al-Othman said Sunday.

 

In an interview with Al-Qabas daily, Othman said he had has prepared a bill that criminalizes promoting vice, incitement against the country's leadership, divulging state secrets, or insulting Islam on the Web.
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