Those seem to be the favorite pastimes of military police and Salafist mobs in downtown Cairo these days.
Many thanks to Bear for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
CatholicCulture.org: Pray. Think. Act. 28 December 2011
By Dr. Jeff Mirus
In February of this year, an Austrian teacher, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, was found guilty of "denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” because, during a seminar course on Islam, she stated that "Muhammed had a thing for little girls.” Sabaditsch-Wolff’s conviction was appealed, but it was upheld earlier this month.
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EuropeNews 25 Dec 2011
By Henrik R. Clausen
While I was working on a polite essay ”What is 'denigration', really?”, events overtook the intended polite and analytical approach. At an Austrian court, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff had her conviction for ”Denigrating the teachings of a recognized religion” upheld. The court deemed that her uttering ”an excess of opinion” about Muhammad having sex with minors, and that doing so was subject to a fine of 480 euros, alternatively 60 days in jail.
Open Europe Blog Dec 21 2011
By Open Europe blog team
This morning saw the first allotment of the new unlimited three year ECB loans - the much hyped mechanism that some hope will solve the eurozone crisis by actually providing cash to struggling eurozone banks with which they can then use to buy Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Greek and Spanish debt, giving these countries some breathing space.
EuropeNews December 21 2011
Interview with Kamal Fahmi, director of Set My People Free (10th of December 2011, Stockholm).
What is the purpose of today’s event?
Today, actually is the international day of human rights. This is one of the reasons we chose this day, and the second one also, that it is that we give the Nobel prize, so there is a lot of media attention, and what we want to bring the attention of the people to is the apostasy law in Islam, which not many people know about. Islam is a one way religion. If you are a Muslim you can not change your belief. And this is very sad that this is happening in the 21st century.
The Tundra Tabloids will be live blogging the hearing today, December 20, 2011, 9-11 am,(local Viennese time, 10-12am Finnish time). Elisabeth is appealing her sentence in February of denigration of religious teachings to an unconditional penalty of 480 €. The charge of incitement was acquitted. Both Attorney Michael Rami and the prosecutor had lodged appeals.
Right Side News 16 December 2011
By Ryan Mauro
From December 12 to 14, the State Department is hosting the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a body of 57 Muslim countries that presents itself as a representative of all Muslims. Its top objective is eliminating "Islamophobia” by promoting legislation to punish those who criticize the religion or uses language is deems offensive.
Family Security Matters 16 December 2011
By The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report
The website of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi is reporting that a delegation of Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by Qaradawi himself, was on a four-day visit to Libya at the invitation of the Transitional Council. According to a Google translation of the Arabic language report:
WND 16 December 2011
By Diana West
I wish I could find the perfect label for the depths of denial and the heights of delusion manifested in Frederick and Kimberly Kagan's latest declarations on Iraq, published this week in the Washington Post as "opinion."
"Fantasy," is more like it. The premise of these two military advisers closely associated with the "surge" strategy in Iraq is that Western-style nation-building there failed not because the policy was an exercise in hothouse academic utopianism (leftist cant) that withered in the real-world conditions of the Islamic Republic of Iraq, but because the exercise didn't go on long enough.
PJ Media 16 December 2011
By Phyllis Chesler
The legendary Ibn Warraq is my dear friend. I decided to review his new and very excellent book Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy and to interview him here as well.
But let’s be clear from the outset. I am reviewing his book not because he is my friend. Rather, he is my friend because he writes great and important books. He is someone with whom I can share serious and witty conversations; he may very well be the best-read man I know. His familiarity with a vast array of fields is truly astounding and a great consolation (at least to me) in our world of apps and pads and short attention spans. He is supremely knowledgeable about philosophy, Islamic and Western art, music, theater, architecture, and literature, both sacred and secular.