With the Islamic-conservative AKP set to lose its majority in Turkey's upcoming elections, dissenting voices have started to speak up. One of those is the country's only atheists' league. Sertan Sanderson reports.
According to DW, the latest polls show that Turkey's President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have to form a coalition government following the June 7 elections. In its unlucky 13th year in rule, Erdogan's AKP has suffered several image attacks in recent months, triggering defections among erstwhile supporters to other parties, especially within Turkey's minorities.
Among his opponents, a newly-formed group of "Istanbullu" - those born and raised in Istanbul - has grown steadily over the past year and now numbers around 150 individuals across Turkey. Without a party-political agenda, the country's first official atheism league, Ateizm Dernegi, says that it wants to create a platform for like-minded people amid the AKP-driven climate of political Islam.
"Being an atheist in Turkey is not exactly a desirable label. We few are wearing it proudly and we refuse to be silenced by the fear and threats," Morgan Romano, vice-president of the association, said at the group's first public conference in Germany on Sunday.
According to Daily News Egypt, The Old Cairo Misdemeanour Court handed Saturday a five year prison sentence to TV presenter Islam El-Behiry for blasphemy.
A lawyer filed a lawsuit against El-Behiry, saying he led a campaign through his TV show to attack Muslim scholars and Islamic teachings’ textbooks.
El-Behiry has been hosting a programme that questions the teachings of Salafi preachers. In many of his episodes, he provides clips of famous and much respected Salafi preachers, and criticises their religious arguments.
The independent researcher also calls for disregarding ancient interpretations of the Qur’an and preaches individual understanding of the text.
Presbyterian pastor Reverend Ian Brown made the comments in a sermon in which he referenced Ashers Bakery which earlier this month was found guilty of discrimination after refusing an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage”
Brown said God punished Europe with the Nazis because of its greed, covetousness and wickedness prior to World War II and that this is happening again:
“That’s why the dark specter of ISIS is closing in on us today from the east and homosexuality closing in from the west, including ourselves as part of the west.
According to Pakistan Defence, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman following the Friday sermon requested the armed forces of Pakistan to launch a military operation against “jeans-wearing women” all over Pakistan in a press conference at a local hotel in Islamabad. Fazlur Rehman while highlighting the demerits of an operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that the Taliban were not Pakistan’s enemy and the forces needed to target the real enemies of Pakistan.
“The Taliban are our brothers and their angst against the state is justified,” Fazl said adding that, “As brother Ansar Abbasi has so eloquently put in the past: TTP’s suicide bombings are just Allah’s wrath upon us. And so there is a need to earmark and eliminate the real enemy of Pakistan: every woman who wears jeans.”
One can get really lonely in the hills, which might compel them to try different things. Well, this man seems to have found company.
Some says that may be a propaganda and elaborate hoax (video).
The footage shows the heat signatures given off by the animal and the Islamic State fighter who appears to be having a compromising position with the animal.
The footage was released on LiveLeak by an unknown source with a caption explaining the footage had been shot recently in Syria. Some says that it may be an elaborate hoax, it has now emerged.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham, or simply as the Islamic State, is an Islamic extremist terrorist group controlling territory in Iraq and Syria, with limited territorial control in Libya and Nigeria. The group also operates or has affiliates in many other parts of the world, including Southeast Asia.
According to Raw Story, two recent sex abuse cases involving the Duggar family and state Rep. Justin Harris — politically connected Arkansas religious conservatives — reveal serious problems in the state’s Department of Human Services.
A sexual molestation case involving Josh Duggar, the reality TV star and former high-ranking employee of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, has dominated national news for more than a week as continuing revelations suggest the teen and his family may have received preferential treatment from authorities.
TLC has suspended airings of the family’s “19 Kids and Counting” program, but it has not yet been canceled despite the loss of several major advertisers.
According to Washington Post; the Islamic State (ISIS) said Friday that it was behind a blast that killed or wounded scores of worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, marking the first time the militant group has claimed an attack in the oil-rich kingdom and raising fears of an expanding sectarian conflict in the region.
There was no immediate comment from Saudi authorities on the Islamic State’s assertion of responsibility, which was carried in written and audio statements distributed by accounts linked with the Islamic State on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia's Shiites: Key Facts To Know About The Religious Minority Targeted In Mosque Suicide Attack
International Business Times - Shiite Muslim worshipers in eastern Saudi Arabia were the target of a suicide bombing Friday, the second deadly attack in six months against the kingdom’s religious minority sect. It was not immediately clear how many people were killed in the bombing, but suggest that as many as 20 have been confirmed dead, with as many as 50 wounded. The attack came as worshipers were gathering to commemorate the seventh-century birth of the revered Shiite figure Imam Hussein against the backdrop of increasing public scrutiny of Shiite practices in the conservative Sunni kingdom.
Shiites make up approximately 15 percent of the kingdom’s population of nearly 29 million. The minority group is primarily concentrated in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province, which includes some Shiite-majority districts, including Qatif, where Friday’s bombing took place. In November, eight Shiite worshipers were killed in a shooting in the Eastern Province village of al Ahsa, an attack that was attributed to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.