The Religion of Peace This Week in the News

Terry Jones, Florida pastor who  burned the Koran, among those sentenced to death by Egyptian court

The decision by the  high court is largely seen as symbolic since Jones doesn’t live in Egypt and  neither do the seven Egyptian Coptic Christians also tried in absentia. Some of  them are linked to the controversial film that sparked deadly riots across the  Muslim world in September.

Anti-Shiite violence rises in Pakistan as Islam’s sectarian divide moves beyond the Middle East

KARACHI —          More members of Pakistan’s Shiite Muslim religious minority were killed by Sunni Muslim extremists this year than in any previous year, a development that could further destabilize this key U.S. ally and draw it into the widening Shiite-Sunni conflict that up to now has been manifest primarily in Middle Eastern countries.

Pakistani Taliban call girl’s shooting ‘obligatory,’ saying she spread secular ideas

ISLAMABAD —         Doctors treating a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by Islamist militants because she dared to advocate schooling for girls said Wednesday that they hoped she would make a full recovery from her wounds after nightlong surgery to remove the bullet.

Honour killings put UPA govt in a spot

Faced with public outrage over the alleged honour killing of a 29-year-old Muslim  in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre on Tuesday said it was serious about tackling the menace. However, its efforts so far seem to have failed to convince nearly half the states in the country. “We have asked for a report from the state governments. This is something we have taken very seriously,” minister of state for home RPN Singh said.

He said the government is “very seriously trying” to amend the constitution to deal with growing incidents of honour killings across the country.


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