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Ex-Muslims Release “Persecution Tracker” to Catalog Alleged Blasphemy Cases

Sep 30, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Too often, we hear stories about people sentenced to death in other countries for alleged blasphemy. It’s hard to keep track of the cases and it’s hard to follow up when accurate information is difficult to come by.

Today, on the 15th anniversary of when a Danish newspaper published satirical cartoons of Muhammad, the group Ex-Muslims of North America has announced a new project: A Persecution Tracker.

The group says it is tracking “accounts of hate and violence motivated by Islamic intolerance.” In other words, they’re cataloguing instances of where criticism of Islam — or perceived criticism — is met with punishment by people who believe their faith ought to be immune from it.

It’s scary to see how many names are already on the list.

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