All Videos Tagged blasthemy (Atheist Nexus) - Atheist Nexus 2014-07-28T17:01:48Z http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/video/listTagged?tag=blasthemy&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Murder in God's name tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-03-23:2182797:Video:2198277 2013-03-23T22:44:16.161Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/murder-in-god-s-name"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/O55D1Wr7*l*DbyrEaBxZbeKJmU30r6duf7s5YQVm7BKrWtBgCv4I5mBkYxvhqJ9WNjwdfiQIPmtBVEiChqnJdXcBparFSO6Q/1014892223.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Blasphemy allegations have fatal consequences in Pakistan, yet some are risking their lives to press for reform.<br></br> <br></br> In Pakistan, it is illegal to make derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad or desecrate the Quran.<br></br> <br></br> Anyone accused is usually arrested and jailed, sometimes for years, before their case is overturned or sentence reduced by the appeal courts.…<br></br> <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/murder-in-god-s-name"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/O55D1Wr7*l*DbyrEaBxZbeKJmU30r6duf7s5YQVm7BKrWtBgCv4I5mBkYxvhqJ9WNjwdfiQIPmtBVEiChqnJdXcBparFSO6Q/1014892223.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Blasphemy allegations have fatal consequences in Pakistan, yet some are risking their lives to press for reform.<br /> <br /> In Pakistan, it is illegal to make derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad or desecrate the Quran.<br /> <br /> Anyone accused is usually arrested and jailed, sometimes for years, before their case is overturned or sentence reduced by the appeal courts.<br /> <br /> Such is the strength of feeling about blasphemy that the mere rumour of an allegation is enough to set the neighbourhood or village against the accused, increasingly with fatal consequences. In some instances, it is not just the accused, but their entire community who are held responsible and threatened.<br /> <br /> On wasteland on the outskirts of Islamabad we meet families who have fled their homes in the city’s Mehrabadi district.<br /> <br /> Despite the winter cold, they live in makeshift tents because they are too scarred to return to Mehrabadi, after a member of their Christian community, 14-year-old Rimsha Masih, was accused of blasphemy last year.<br /> <br /> Fifty two of the accused and their supporters have been murdered in the last two decades. Even in police custody blasphemy suspects are not safe.<br /> <br /> In December 2012, an angry mob broke into a police station in Sindh province and beat a blasphemy suspect to death. He had been accused of burning pages of the Quran.<br /> <br /> In Ahmedpur East in July 2012, a man accused of throwing pages of the Quran on the street was dragged by crowds from a police cell and killed, after being pulled through the streets behind a motorbike.<br /> <br /> This sensitivity and climate of fear, combined with the inability of the criminal justice system to identify false allegations early, means the law is open to abuse. We hear how blasphemy allegations have become powerful weapons in settling personal scores.<br /> <br /> Lawyer Joseph Francis runs the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) Support in Lahore, one of the few existing groups that help people accused of blasphemy.<br /> <br /> In a safe house he introduces us to Ruqqiya, who says her neighbours accused her of blasphemy after her daughter got into an argument with the neighbour’s child. Ruqqiya spent three years in jail before being acquitted. Her young children hardly knew her when she was released. Despite the acquittal, Ruqqiya says extremists are still searching for her and she fears for the family’s safety.<br /> <br /> Nawab Bhatti and her sisters-in-law have also been terrified since Nawab’s husband Zafar was accused of blasphemy and imprisoned awaiting trial, more than six months ago. His health in prison is deteriorating. They say the allegation was made by a rival party in a property dispute and used to get Zafar out of the way.<br /> <br /> Human rights activist Xavier William runs a crisis group in Islamabad and helped arrange safe accommodation for Michael and his family after they were forced to flee their home. Michael says he was accused of burning the Quran by a former boss, after he left his employer and started a rival business. Michael and his family now hide in the compound in fear of attack, and wish to flee Pakistan.<br /> <br /> Others, like Lahore-based journalist Shehrbano Taseer, refuse to leave the country despite the threats and the loss of loved ones.<br /> <br /> "When it is being so grossly misused it is definitely time to rethink and revisit this law. The stories are chilling, they put cases on minors and mentally handicapped people,” she say.<br /> <br /> Shehrbanho’s father Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, was assassinated after showing support for Asia Bibi, a mother of five facing blasphemy charges. He campaigned to reform the laws. Inspired by clerics condemning Taseer, his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, shot him dead.<br /> <br /> The convicted murderer was showered with rose petals and praise on his way to court.<br /> <br /> Rao Abdur Raheem worked pro-bono to defend Qadri and said the bodyguard had no option but to take the law into his own hands and kill an enemy of the Holy Prophet. Saving Face (full documentary) tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-01-18:2182797:Video:2146165 2013-01-18T03:27:37.332Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="136" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Every year in Pakistan, many people – the majority of them women – are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else known by the victim, receive minimal if any punishment from the… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240" height="136" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Every year in Pakistan, many people – the majority of them women – are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else known by the victim, receive minimal if any punishment from the state. Satirical French mag rethinks approach to Islam tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-01-03:2182797:Video:2134477 2013-01-03T07:07:00.467Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="136" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>The satirical French weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has released a special edition about Islam that may trigger fresh protests.<br></br> <br></br> It is publishing a comic book biography of the prophet Mohammed’s life. The magazine has previously sparked anger over its portrayals of Muslims but its publisher said this is completely different.<br></br> <br></br> Stephane Charbonnier, known as… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240" height="136" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />The satirical French weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has released a special edition about Islam that may trigger fresh protests.<br /> <br /> It is publishing a comic book biography of the prophet Mohammed’s life. The magazine has previously sparked anger over its portrayals of Muslims but its publisher said this is completely different.<br /> <br /> Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, defended the comic book and its drawings.<br /> <br /> “Islam is the second religion in the country in terms of churchgoers, and in fact nobody knows anything about Mohammed, nobody knows anything about this religion.”<br /> <br /> “It’s a religion that scares people because every time we talk about it, it’s when we talk about bomb attacks committed by an extreme minority. So I think that maybe we should have started with introducing Mohammed and introducing Islam before making fun of it or with it.”<br /> <br /> Charlie Hebdo was forced to move into new premises in Paris after its offices were destroyed in a fire-bomb attack in November 2011.<br /> <br /> It came after the magazine retitled itself “Sharia Hebdo”, a reference to Islamic law and showed caricatures of radical Muslims. France to ban anti-US protests as film fallout spreads tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-09-17:2182797:Video:2055085 2012-09-17T19:58:57.706Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="136" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>France has moved to ban any further anti-US demonstrations sparked by the film that has caused deadly protests across the Muslim world and beyond.<br></br> <br></br> As many as 150 people have been arrested in Paris after clashes broke out close to the US embassy, three police officers were hurt.<br></br> <br></br> France is home to the largest Islamic community in Europe.<br></br> <br></br> Manuel… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240" height="136" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />France has moved to ban any further anti-US demonstrations sparked by the film that has caused deadly protests across the Muslim world and beyond.<br /> <br /> As many as 150 people have been arrested in Paris after clashes broke out close to the US embassy, three police officers were hurt.<br /> <br /> France is home to the largest Islamic community in Europe.<br /> <br /> Manuel Valls is the French Interior Minister:<br /> <br /> “I will not allow that fully veiled women, street prayers or hostile slogans against our allies to be heard on our streets, so I will be very firm. Also, these few people shouldn’t be confused with the vast majority of our fellow citizens they are caricaturing Islam as it is practised in our country.”<br /> <br /> Muslim leaders in France have condemned the film and called for calm and vigilance.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in Europe the German government has barred notorious US preacher Terry Jones from visiting the country amid public order concerns after a far-right group invited the Florida pastor to Germany.<br /> <br /> Jones caused uproar in the past with his plan for a public burning of the Koran.<br /> <br /> The pro-Deutschland group want to stage a screening of the now infamous film in Berlin.<br /> <br /> The German government says it will resort to law to block it. Pakistani Muslim cleric arrested for framing girl in custody for blasphemy tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-09-02:2182797:Video:2042992 2012-09-02T20:48:47.769Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="136" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Police in Pakistan have arrested a Muslim cleric over claims he framed a Christian girl who has been held for several weeks under controversial anti-blasphemy laws.<br></br> <br></br> The imam was detained after witnesses said he had torn pages from a Koran and placed them in her bag which had burned papers. She is accused of burning Islamic religious texts.<br></br> <br></br> There have been… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/saving-face-full-documentary"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/PbSeB9WLBjdOX-g5TRyuq5LrnlHiU2cduplJo5V65AhgF85kaIXx8bDXu4tmfMA6pT5FhEHk1z4-JqC7Wr23MkPF8*HyffX8/782665071.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=136" width="240" height="136" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Police in Pakistan have arrested a Muslim cleric over claims he framed a Christian girl who has been held for several weeks under controversial anti-blasphemy laws.<br /> <br /> The imam was detained after witnesses said he had torn pages from a Koran and placed them in her bag which had burned papers. She is accused of burning Islamic religious texts.<br /> <br /> There have been conflicting reports about Rimsha Masih’s age and her mental state. Some media have said she is 11 and suffers from Down’s Syndrome.<br /> <br /> But what is certain is that her arrest has sparked outrage in Pakistan and abroad. Activists and human rights groups say vague terminology has led to its misuse, and that the law dangerously discriminates against the Muslim country’s tiny minority groups.<br /> <br /> Several hundred Christians left her poor village outside the capital Islamabad after mosques reported over their loudspeakers what the girl was alleged to have done.<br /> <br /> Under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime and faces the death penalty.<br /> A bail hearing will be held on Monday for Masih