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11January630
Muhammad Conquers Mecca

Muhammad Conquers Mecca

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7January1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

26January1715

Birth of Claude Adrien Helvetius in France

16August1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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3March1873
Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

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26February1899

Ex-Preacher Charles C. Moore Jailed on Blasphemy Charges

14October1933
Adolf Hitler Thanks Providence for Putting an End to Atheism and Blasphemy in Germany

Adolf Hitler Thanks Providence for Putting an End to Atheism and Blasphemy in Germany

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15September1934
Himmler Forbids SS From Intolerance towards or Mocking of Religion

Himmler Forbids SS From Intolerance towards or Mocking of Religion

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13July1935
Birth of Kurt Westergaard, Cartoonist for Jyllands-Posten Who Did the Muhammad Cartoons

Birth of Kurt Westergaard, Cartoonist for Jyllands-Posten Who Did the Muhammad Cartoons

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24June1957
Roth v. U.S.: Obscene Material has no Protection Under First Amendment

Roth v. U.S.: Obscene Material has no Protection Under First Amendment

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23July1957
Birth of Theo van Gogh, Dutch Film Director & Critic of Islam

Birth of Theo van Gogh, Dutch Film Director & Critic of Islam

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13February1965
Rolf Hochhuth's Play 'The Deputy' Banned in Private Theater in Rome

Rolf Hochhuth's Play 'The Deputy' Banned in Private Theater in Rome

7June1971
Cohen v. California: Court Revokes Conviction and Protects Vulgar Writing as Free Speech

Cohen v. California: Court Revokes Conviction and Protects Vulgar Writing as Free Speech

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12July1988
Fundamentalist Christian Ministers Denounce 'The Last Temptation of Christ' as Blasphemous

Fundamentalist Christian Ministers Denounce 'The Last Temptation of Christ' as Blasphemous

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12July1988
Religious Leaders Screen 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' Have Mixed Reviews

Religious Leaders Screen 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' Have Mixed Reviews

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13July1988
Fundamentalist Churches Start Campaign to Ban Scorsese's 'Last Temptation of Christ'

Fundamentalist Churches Start Campaign to Ban Scorsese's 'Last Temptation of Christ'

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21July1988
Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

24July1988
Movie Studios Support Martin Scorsese and his movie 'Last Temptation of Christ'

Movie Studios Support Martin Scorsese and his movie 'Last Temptation of Christ'

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5August1988
Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

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9August1988
Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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11August1988
Focus on the Family's James Dobson Denounces Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Focus on the Family's James Dobson Denounces Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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12August1988
Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Opens Early to Widespread Protests

Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Opens Early to Widespread Protests

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25August1988
British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

26September1988
Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' is Published by Viking Penguin Press

Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' is Published by Viking Penguin Press

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5October1988
Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

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20October1988
Muslims Try to Get Salman Rushdie Prosecuted for Blasphemy in Britain

Muslims Try to Get Salman Rushdie Prosecuted for Blasphemy in Britain

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2December1988
Muslims Publicly Burn Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses'

Muslims Publicly Burn Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses'

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14February1989
Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

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27May1989
Muslims Gather in London to Burn Salman Rushdie in Effigy

Muslims Gather in London to Burn Salman Rushdie in Effigy

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14September1989
Bombs Put Outside British Bookstores Owned Salman Rushdie's Publisher

Bombs Put Outside British Bookstores Owned Salman Rushdie's Publisher

25September1989
Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' Will Be Published in Paperback

Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' Will Be Published in Paperback

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24December1990
Salman Rushdie Reaffirms Dedication to Islam, Asks Publisher to Not Release His Book in Paperback

Salman Rushdie Reaffirms Dedication to Islam, Asks Publisher to Not Release His Book in Paperback

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11July1991
Japanese Scholar Hitoshi Igarashi Stabbed to Death for Translating Rushdie's Novel The Satanic Verses

Japanese Scholar Hitoshi Igarashi Stabbed to Death for Translating Rushdie's Novel The Satanic Verses

8November1994
Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

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7September1995
Salman Rushdie Appears for First Time in Public After Six Years

Salman Rushdie Appears for First Time in Public After Six Years

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12February1997
Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

13February1997
Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

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21September1998
Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

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24September1998
Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

28September1998
Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

15February2003
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

3March2004
Greek Clergy Sent Flyer Accusing George Papandeou of Atheism

Greek Clergy Sent Flyer Accusing George Papandeou of Atheism

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17September2005
Fear of Muslim Reprisals Stops Writer Finding Artist for Book About Muhammad

Fear of Muslim Reprisals Stops Writer Finding Artist for Book About Muhammad

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30September2005
Danish Newspaper Runs 'The Face of Muhammad' Collection of Cartoons

Danish Newspaper Runs 'The Face of Muhammad' Collection of Cartoons

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27October2005
Criminal Complaint Filed Against Danish Paper That Ran Muhammad Cartoons

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Danish Paper That Ran Muhammad Cartoons

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6December2005
Danish Muslim Leaders and Imams Go to Mecca to Incite Reactions to Muhammad Cartoons

Danish Muslim Leaders and Imams Go to Mecca to Incite Reactions to Muhammad Cartoons

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7January2006
Danish Prosecutors Find Jyllands-Posten Broke No Laws with Muhammed Cartoons

Danish Prosecutors Find Jyllands-Posten Broke No Laws with Muhammed Cartoons

10January2006
Norwegian Magazine Republishes Danish Muhammed Cartoons

Norwegian Magazine Republishes Danish Muhammed Cartoons

12January2006
Danish Muslims Stir Up Hatred in Middle East over Jyllands-Posten Muhammed Cartoons

Danish Muslims Stir Up Hatred in Middle East over Jyllands-Posten Muhammed Cartoons

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17January2006
Norwegian Magazine Pulls Danish Muhammed Cartoons

Norwegian Magazine Pulls Danish Muhammed Cartoons

 
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