Festival of Intolerance – new entrants

Here at Stebbing-Heuer we’re having to scramble just to keep up with the number of people clamouring to appear at next year’s inaugural Festival of Intolerance. 

From Pakistan:

The actor Veena Malik has expressed anger at a 26-year jail term handed down by a Pakistani court after she acted in a scene loosely based on the marriage of the prophet Muhammad’s daughter.

The same sentence was extended to her husband, and to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of the Jang-Geo media group which broadcast the TV show. All three were ordered to surrender their passports and fined 3m rupees (£8,000).

The offending scene involved Malik re-enacting her own wedding to businessman Asad Bashir Khan while a religious song played in the background.

There was outrage following its original broadcast in a daytime programme on Geo TV in May, with blasphemy cases filed against the channel’s owner and the show’s anchorwoman, as well as Malik and her husband.

On 26 May, the senior vice president of the Gilgit-Baltistan chapter of Muslim religious organisation Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat lodged an official complaintalleging the show had defiled Ahl al-Bayt – the family of the prophet Muhammad – in playing “a contemptuous Qawwali”.

I’ll see if we can get both the judge and the senior vice-president (senior vice-president?? – seriously? these days everyone imagines they work for a New York investment bank) on stage.

And from everybody’s favourite – North Korea!

North Korea has denied hacking into the computer system at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film depicting the country’s leader – but has praised the attack itself as a “righteous deed”.

The attack crippled computers at Sony and led to upcoming films and workers’ personal data being leaked online.

North Korea said its “supporters and sympathisers” may have carried out the hack – but said it was not involved.

It has described the film, The Interview, as an “act of terrorism”

It may be difficult to get Kim Jong-un to attend, given that he is denying being the instigator of the attack. But there’s plenty of time yet before the schedule is firmed up – we live in hope!

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About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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