Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why do blasphemy laws still exist?

About two years ago, I wrote an article on blasphemy laws and how they were a threat to free speech and freedom in general. These laws are used a lot in the Middle East to stifle criticism of the government. But a recent use of blasphemy laws comes not from the Middle East, but from Denmark.

A man was charged under Denmark's blasphemy law for posting a video where he burned a Quran. This the first time anyone was charged under Denmark's blasphemy law since 1971, when two people broadcast a song that mocked Christianity.

Whether you're mocking Christianity, Islam, or any other religion, you should not be censored by the government. Blasphemy laws serve no purpose other than to censor and repress people, and they should not be practiced by any government anywhere on Earth, least of all in a secular country like Denmark!

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