Three Egyptian Christian students are set to stand trial on Thursday after they appeared in a video last year showing them mocking Muslim prayers.
The 30-second clip, which was recorded by their teachers, shows one of Coptic Christian students pretending to pray while reciting verses from the Quran, and the two others laughing behind him. One of the students also gestured to convey the sign of beheading, according to The Washington Post.
The video first surfaced in April 2015, after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded dozens of Coptic Christians in Libya. Atty. Maher Naguib said that the teacher had already been given a three-year jail sentence after being tried separately over the same charges, the report relays. more >>
Barack Obama announced he will make his first ever visit as president to a mosque on Wednesday, in order to celebrate American Muslims and reject bigotry in the country.
The White House affirmed that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) with the aim to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."
The statement added: "The president will hold a roundtable with community members and deliver remarks, where he will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values — welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom." more >>
On his show "Real Time," HBO host Bill Maher discussed the covering up of nude statues in Rome during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit there last week, saying he wishes American liberals were as intolerant toward Islamic terror as they are toward Christians.
"This is the horribleness of what's going on in Rome," Maher, an atheist, said on the show. "Oh my God, naked titties and tiny penises! This is what they did."
Maher argued that people mix up tolerance and capitulation. "It's one thing to be tolerant of another culture, but this is our culture, you know? Christianity had a problem with titties, in like 1300. We got over it. So we shouldn't change our culture to a more backward culture, should we?" more >>
Three Coptic Christian teens are set to stand trial in Egypt this week over allegations that they insulted Islam.
The three teens, all in high school, are scheduled to appear in court in the southern city of Minya this Thursday after they appeared in a video that allegedly mocked Islamic prayers and verses from the Quran.
The teens are shown in the video pretending to slit each other's throat, presumably to mock ISIS. more >>
A couple is suing in federal court a school district in Maryland claiming that their daughter was exposed to Islamic indoctrination as part of a high school course.
John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa, sued Charles County Public Schools and La Plata High School for allegedly subjecting their daughter to a class that compelled students to accept Islam.
Filed last week in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, the suit argues that the course promoting Islam is unconstitutional and that the Woods were punished for expressing their concerns with the course content. more >>
Richard Dawkins has been removed from a conference on science and skepticism after he shared online a controversial animated video that compares feminists to Islamists.
The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism explained in a statement earlier this week that it has withdrawn its invitation to the atheist professor to participate at NECSS 2016, because of Dawkins' choice to re-tweet what it called a "highly offensive video."
"We believe strongly in freedom of speech and freedom to express unpopular, and even offensive, views. However, unnecessarily divisive, counterproductive, and even hateful speech runs contrary to our mission and the environment we wish to foster at NECSS. The sentiments expressed in the video do not represent the values of NECSS or its sponsoring organizations," the organization said in a statement. more >>