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Egypt Justice Minister Mekky quits 'over cleansing call'

<b>Egypt's justice minister has resigned, following demands from Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi for the "cleansing" of the judiciary.</b><p>Ahmed Mekky was seen as a supporter of judicial independence during former President Hosni Mubarak's rule.<p>He threatened to quit last year after the …

Hosni Mubarak retrial collapses within minutes in Egypt as judge steps aside

The retrial of the ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak collapsed just minutes after it started on Saturday as the judge used his opening …

Mohamed Morsi backs Egyptian military after malpractice allegations

Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, has promoted several generals in a show of untrammelled support for the embattled military, who have been strongly …

Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law

Hundreds of thousands of people have held protests in Bangladesh to demand that the government introduce an anti-blasphemy law that would include the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam.<p>Protest organisers called Saturday's rally the "long march", with many travelling from remote villages to …

Christianity As State Religion Supported By One-Third Of Americans, Poll Finds

Although the North Carolina House of Representatives killed a bill Thursday that would have paved the way for establishing an official state religion, a new national HuffPost/YouGov poll finds widespread support for doing so.<p>The new survey finds that 34 percent of adults would favor establishing …

A Truly Un-American Idea

<b>The most frightening phrase</b> in the English language at the moment is, "majority Republican state legislature." In case you've missed it while reading all the earnest thumb-sucking out of Washington as regards how much the national GOP needs to change in order to survive in this new political age, …

US Embassy In Egypt Takes Down Twitter Account After Controversial Jon Stewart Tweet

The handle's last tweet was a link to Jon Stewart, of "The Daily Show," talking about the arrest of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, who was detained and fined on charges of insulting Islam and President Mohamed Morsi.<p>The Egyptian presidency subsequently tweeted at at the Cairo Embassy, the Daily …

Egypt's Fallen Police State Gives Way to Vigilante Justice

The country's security vacuum is being filled by armed mobs who are implementing law and order on their own terms.<p>In recent months, Egypt has experienced a wave of public lynchings targeting suspected criminals. In one particularly extreme case, two young men accused of stealing a motorized …

Former Tahrir Square Star Now Sings Against Morsi

Ramy Essam got his start putting Arab Spring chants to song. Now he's rewritten the lyrics to take down the man he says is worse than Mubarak.<p>When Ramy Essam turned up in Cairo in January 2011 he was just another angry Egyptian. A student from the small town of Mansoura, he joined thousands in …

Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef bailed after police questioning

The Middle East's most popular TV satirist was issued with an arrest warrant and questioned by Egypt's top prosecutor for allegedly insulting Islam …

All Evangelical Leaders Will Soon Be Doing Gay Weddings

I'll make a prediction: within 10 years or less mainstream evangelicals like the editors of <i>Christianity Today</i> magazine (and whomever/whatever is running the Billy Graham empire et al) will "come around" on issues like gay marriage equality, choice for women and premarital sex. They'll suddenly find …

Religious Freedom, Meet Secularism: Your Best Ally

In what could go down as one of its most notable reckonings of the era, the Supreme Court heard arguments this week in two major gay marriage cases. While the advocates and justices sparred over California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, some important constitutional …

Closed off in Cairo: walls erected during Egypt protests still standing

One day in late 2011 yoga instructor Salima Barakat arrived at her studio in central Cairo to find a wall blocking the entrance. Soldiers had built a …