Four media watchdog groups recently condemned Utusan Malaysia’s irresponsible reporting over an alleged call from Christian pastors to change Malaysia’s “official religion” to Christianity.
The Prophet’s display of respect and co-existence is a model that has become sorely lacking in many parts of the world, says Hisham al-Zoubeir.
Dealing with the standard admonition “You do not have the right to speak about my religion” therefore entails having the courage and consistency to insist that when we reject, criticise and condemn certain cultural practices, we are not engaged in religious hate-mongering, says Farish Noor. We cannot allow conservative fundamentalists from any religious community to equate religio-cultural norms and behaviour with the religion itself, for the two are distinct and may even contradict each other.
Religious freedom is being violated in the Matupi District of Burma, says John Smith Thang.
The fallout from the Pope's remarks, quoting a medieval emperor, about Islam continues to be felt. Uri Avnery asks three questions: Why did the emperor say those words? Are they true? And why did the Pope quote them?