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No Compulsion in Religion--Why Muslims Oppose the Blasphemy Laws that Lead to Violence and Murder around the World

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Recently, I wrote a commentary about the need for Muslims to take back their Koran from people who misread it and propagandize for terror and murder.
http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Abusing-9-14-of-Koran-must-by-Kevin-Anthony-Stod-120917-437.html
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No Compulsion in Religion--Why Muslims Oppose the Blasphemy Laws that Lead to Violence and Murder around the World,  from:  http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/publications/free/no-compulsion-in-religion.pdf , 
has been brought out by the Quilliam Foundation as a paper explaining why good Muslims oppose the crimes we have been witnessing in Libya and elsewhere this past month. 
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  Note: Following the international furor in recent weeks over the amateurish, inflammatory and offensive film, Innocence of Muslims, there have been calls around the world to introduce or strengthen rules that would become akin to global blasphemy laws. Dozens of people, including US Ambassador Stevens in Libya who was killed by a terrorist attack under cover of anti-film protests, have died during violent protests in Muslim-majority countries, and a Pakistani minister has placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the film-director.

Quilliam's latest concept paper, "No Compulsion in Religion: an Islamic Case against Blasphemy Laws', seeks to denounce the recent violence through highlighting non-violent principles and passages from the Qur'an, examples of virtuous teachings from the Sunnah (teachings of the Prophet Muhammad), and sharing expert knowledge about a peaceful Islam from within Quilliam.

Usama Hasan, Quilliam Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies, says:

"Quilliam opposes the idea of strengthening blasphemy laws because it runs against established principles of human rights, as well as being contrary to religious teachings. We condemn attempts to provoke religious or anti-religious hatred and bigotry, violence in response to provocation and mindless violence and rioting upon the pretext of taking offence, and we hope that this report will help people to take a more balanced approach to this issue'.

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To download the full report, please follow this link.     

 

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)
 

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