Author Archives: Tehmina Kazi

E.S. vs Austria: Blasphemy and the European Convention on Human Rights

This weekend, Ireland – a country I affectionately called home for two years – removed the offence of blasphemy from its constitution by popular vote (65% voted Yes, while 35% voted No). What was particularly interesting about this referendum was the low level of opposition from established religious bodies. The Irish Council of Churches acknowledged

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LGBT-Muslim Solidarity

What do you get when you mix a bunch of gay Muslims, ex-Muslims and ex-Christians – all led by the veteran human rights activist Peter Tatchell – and let them loose outside the UK’s most influential mosque at Friday prayers, pressing LGBT flyers into the palms of worshippers?  A ladle of curiosity, a sprinkling of

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