Thursday, September 16, 2010

Recent Blasphemy Controversies

Although the Dove World Outreach Center has discontinued its plans to hold "International Burn a Koran Day," controversies over blasphemy continue.

* Queensland University of Technology in Australia has suspended a lawyer for smoking a cigarette rolled with a combination of pages from the Koran and the Bible. (Religion Clause Blog).

* Justice Breyer of the United States Supreme Court was apparently unsure whether burning the Koran is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (Religion Clause Blog), but then decided it is. (Volokh Conspiracy)

* An advertising standards organization in the U.K. has rejected an ad for being offensive to Catholics. The advertisement showed a pregnant nun eating ice cream with the tag line "Immaculately conceived . . . Ice Cream is Our Religion." (Volokh Conspiracy)

* The New Jersey Transit authority has fired an employee for burning pages from the Koran. (Religion Clause Blog)

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