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Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes

Also gets 7 years in prison for insulting Islam, but avoids death

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for using his website to insult Islam. Believe it or not, that's a lighter sentence than Raif Badawi, 35, might have received: he was originally arrested last year for apostasy (or abandoning religion), a crime...

Islamists Cut Off Mali Thief's Hand

UN, African Union weigh military intervention

(Newser) - The Islamic rebel groups in control of much of northern Mali are continuing their drive to bring in Sharia law's harsh punishments. In a village near the regional capital Gao, extremists cut off the hand off an alleged thief in front of dozens of witnesses, the BBC reports. "...

Nigerian State Playing Matchmaker for Thousands

Seeks to remedy apparently soaring divorce rate

(Newser) - Nigeria's Kano state is worried: The number of divorces appears to be skyrocketing. And a divorced woman there faces a raft of problems—she may be shunned, in some cases forced to beg or prostitute herself to support her family. So the state government is taking the matter into...

143 Dead in Nigeria Attacks
 143 Dead in Nigeria Attacks 

143 Dead in Nigeria Attacks

Islamic sect Boko Haram claims responsibility

(Newser) - An official at a hospital in northern Nigeria says at least 143 people have been killed in coordinated attacks in the nation's second largest city. The radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for yesterday's violence in Kano, a city of more than 9 million people...

Appeals Court Blocks Oklahoma Ban on Sharia

10th Circuit says it's 'likely unconstitutional'

(Newser) - An amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic or international law in their decisions discriminates against religions, a federal appeals court said today. The justices said a Muslim community leader, Muneer Awad, has the right to sue over First Amendment concerns. The court in Denver upheld a lower-court...

Victoria Jackson: Muslims Taking Over US

Former 'SNL' star describes 6-hour FBI meeting

(Newser) - The Huffington Post delivers a belated Christmas present in the form of yet another bizarre Victoria Jackson story , this one unearthed from an episode of her web talk show that ran last week. On "PolitiChicks," the former Saturday Night Live cast member claims that the United States has...

Merciful Female Acid Victim Denied Compensation

Iranian courts decide attacker's pardon cancels payout

(Newser) - After Amenah Bahrami agreed to a pardon , the rejected suitor who blinded her by throwing acid in her face got to keep his eyesight. Now, the Iranian courts have decided that he gets to keep his cash as well. Majid Movahedi, who was minutes away from having acid dropped in...

Libyan Leader: We'll Be Ruled by Sharia

Laws contrary to Islam will be nullified: Mustafa Abdul Jalil

(Newser) - The leader of Libya's transitional government has announced that the nation will be ruled by Islamic Sharia law. Sharia will be the "basic source for all law" in Libya, Mustafa Abdul Jalil told thousands of supporters at a "liberation" ceremony in Benghazi yesterday. Current laws that contradict...

Russian Women Bombed for Wearing Bikinis

Life's a beach on the Caspian Sea

(Newser) - Russian women have become the target of bombers because they're ... wearing bikinis. While men show off their muscles and wrestle on the beaches of the Caspian Sea, women in the increasingly fundamentalist Islamic region of Dagestan have been blown up as a warning that they must cover up, reports...

Saudi Women Get Right to Vote

But let's not rush into things: Wait til 2015, says King Abdullah

(Newser) - Good news for the ladies of Saudi Arabia: You can vote and even run for office, Saudi King Abdullah said today in an announcement that many are hailing as major progress for women's rights. Of course, there's a caveat: Abdullah's announcement won't take effect until after...

Muslim Brotherhood Wants Sharia Execution for Mubarak

If guilty of murder, he should be hanged or beheaded: spokesperson

(Newser) - If Hosni Mubarak is found guilty of murder, the Muslim Brotherhood wants him hanged—or worse. "Beheading by the sword" would be the more traditional punishment under sharia law, says the Islamic movement's spokesperson. As for sons Gamal and Alaa, if found guilty of corruption? "If a...

Meet the Hasidic Jew Behind Anti-Sharia Movement

David Yerushalmi has history of controversial statements

(Newser) - Laws banning Sharia law have been springing up around the US, with more than two dozen states considering legislation to ban Sharia or similar religious laws. But few people know that a major force behind this movement is a 56-year-old lawyer and Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn with a history of...

Teens Busted for Spraying Burka on Busty Angel

Lynx ad is a 'sin,' argue London pair

(Newser) - Two Muslim teenagers have been busted for spraying black burkas on images of hot women in ads. They told a judge in their recent London court appearance that it's a "sin" for women to dress provocatively, and that they were "just trying to do good," reports...

Cain: Tenn. Mosque Infringes on Religious Freedom

GOP contender thinks it will spread Shariah law

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not a fan of the controversial mosque proposed in Tennessee . Cain says the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, which has been protested as well as challenged in court, "isn't an innocent mosque," but is rather "another way to try...

Did Bachmann Just Call for a Ban on Porn?

She's the first to sign sweeping conservative 'Marriage Vow'

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann became the first GOP presidential hopeful to sign an extremely socially conservative pledge that might sorta call for a ban on porn. The pledge, which is being put forth by an Iowa-based group called The Family Leader, is ostensibly primarily about marriage; it’s called “The Marriage...

25 Killed in Nigeria Bomb Blasts

Beer gardens targeted

(Newser) - Suspected members of an Islamic sect bombed three beer gardens in northeastern Nigeria, killing 25 people and wounding 12 others today, authorities say. Police blame the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which earlier this month carried out an attack on the nation's police headquarters. Authorities...

Muslim Woman Stoned for Beauty Pageant Participation

Girl 'violated the laws of Sharia,' said one suspect

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Muslim woman in Ukraine was stoned to death and buried in the woods for participating in a beauty pageant, reports the Daily Mail . The woman reportedly liked clothes and fashion, and had recently placed seventh in a pageant. Local police think that three young men beat and killed...

What If Schools Had to Teach Islam in Science Class?

And how is 'intelligent design' any better?

(Newser) - Legislators in at least seven states have introduced “stealth creationism” bills this year, requiring educators to teach some form of “intelligent design” in schools—and some of those same people have also pushed laws banning Islamic Sharia rules from being used in the courtroom. The message is clear,...

Meet the 87-Year-Old With 86 Wives

Faith healer Bello Masaba finds himself at the center of controversies

(Newser) - Bello Masaba demands absolute obedience from his wives—all 86 of them. The 87-year-old Nigerian faith healer has been marrying a woman every few weeks for decades, assembling an extended family of around 5,000 people, many of whom live in the sprawling compound around his house. That huge harem...

Pakistan Frees Accused Gang Rapists

Mukhtar Mai's alleged assailants go free

(Newser) - Pakistan’s supreme court has freed 13 of the 14 people accused of raping Mukhtar Mai, the activist who earned global acclaim for speaking out about her assault, a rare act in Pakistan’s sexist society. Human rights groups are outraged, and Mai says she’s terrified. “I am...

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