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11 January 630
Muhammad Conquers Mecca

Muhammad Conquers Mecca

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7 January 1697

Thomas Aitkenhead Executed for Blasphemy

26 January 1715

Birth of Claude Adrien Helvetius in France

16 August 1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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3 March 1873
Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

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26 February 1899

Ex-Preacher Charles C. Moore Jailed on Blasphemy Charges

14 October 1933
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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15 September 1934
Himmler Forbids SS From Intolerance towards or Mocking of Religion

Himmler Forbids SS From Intolerance towards or Mocking of Religion

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13 July 1935
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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24 June 1957
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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23 July 1957
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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13 February 1965
Rolf Hochhuth's Play 'The Deputy' Banned in Private Theater in Rome

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

7 June 1971
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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12 July 1988
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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12 July 1988
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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13 July 1988
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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21 July 1988
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

24 July 1988
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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5 August 1988
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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9 August 1988
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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11 August 1988
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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12 August 1988
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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25 August 1988
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

26 September 1988
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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5 October 1988
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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20 October 1988
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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2 December 1988
Muslims Publicly Burn Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses'

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

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14 February 1989
Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

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27 May 1989
Muslims Gather in London to Burn Salman Rushdie in Effigy

Muslims Gather in London to Burn Salman Rushdie in Effigy

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14 September 1989
Bombs Put Outside British Bookstores Owned Salman Rushdie's Publisher

Bombs Put Outside British Bookstores Owned Salman Rushdie's Publisher

25 September 1989
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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24 December 1990
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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11 July 1991
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

8 November 1994
Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

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7 September 1995
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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12 February 1997
Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

13 February 1997
Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

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21 September 1998
Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

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24 September 1998
Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

28 September 1998
Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

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

15 February 2003
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

3 March 2004
Greek Clergy Sent Flyer Accusing George Papandeou of Atheism

Greek Clergy Sent Flyer Accusing George Papandeou of Atheism

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17 September 2005
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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30 September 2005
Danish Newspaper Runs 'The Face of Muhammad' Collection of Cartoons

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

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27 October 2005
Criminal Complaint Filed Against Danish Paper That Ran Muhammad Cartoons

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Danish Paper That Ran Muhammad Cartoons

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6 December 2005
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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7 January 2006
Danish Prosecutors Find Jyllands-Posten Broke No Laws with Muhammed Cartoons

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

10 January 2006
Norwegian Magazine Republishes Danish Muhammed Cartoons

Norwegian Magazine Republishes Danish Muhammed Cartoons

12 January 2006
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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17 January 2006
Norwegian Magazine Pulls Danish Muhammed Cartoons

Norwegian Magazine Pulls Danish Muhammed Cartoons

 
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