Turkish Author Elif Shafak’s Charges Dropped

The popular Turkish novelist Elif Shafak has had charges of “insulting Turkish identity” dropped. It was decided that the evidence was lacking and the prosecutor dropped the charges.

She was quoted as saying “The verdict is very pleasing in terms of Turkey’s test of democracy and freedom of expression, but incomplete as long as Article 301 remains as it is, open to manipulation.”Continue Reading

Freedom of Expression

I know that the Muslim cartoon controversy seems to have settled down and everyone is probably tired of hearing about it in the news, but I came across an interesting article in a Turkish newspaper by the Professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Zeki Saritoprak.
Muslims, Cartoons and Freedom of Expression
“Islam has a great respect for freedom of expression and free society, although it always regarded freedom as limited by the freedom of others. An absolute freedom is only found in the jungles among animals. We don’t live in a jungle.. we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society and freedom of others includes a respect for the faith, tradition, property, and personal dignity of people.”Continue Reading

Muslim Cartoon Controversy

The outrage over the publication of cartoons originally posted in the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper has escalated into violence and destruction. Embassies in Beirut and Damascus have been torched by protestors.
Despite the attempts of clerics to stay the mainly young male crowd, hundreds of men, some carrying green flags with the words “God is Great” written in Arabic, pushed them away and threw cans of tear gas back at police.Continue Reading

Cartoonist Faces Prison for Blasphemy

Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer may be facing prison time in Greece for blasphemy!. Haderer was not even aware that his satirical book was even published in Greece, but has received a summons to appear in an Athens court.
Haderer’s book of satirical religious illustrations called “The Life of Jesus” is now banned in Greece. He depicts Christ in comical situations, like having a drink with Jimi Hendrix and riding a surf board while stoned and naked.
I wonder if Greece still burns witches?Continue Reading