What’s Wrong with Blasphemy

The End Blasphemy Laws campaign believes “blasphemy” and “insult” to religion laws are wrong in several ways:

  • They violate the human right to freedom of expression
  • They protect religious belief and practices, institutions and leaders, from legitimate and necessary criticism
  • They are intrinsically bad laws
  • They legitimize mob violence, vigilantism, and persecution of minorities

This extract is from the site End Blasphemy Law, which is part of a new campaign aimed at the abolition of blasphemy laws. The campaign is lead by the International Humanist and Ethical Union and European Humanist Federation.

You can read a discussion of these bullet points here, and you can join the campaign here. I urge you to do so.

Freedom of Expression

I’ve been reading the report, Freedom of Thought 2013 published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union:

Freedom of Thought 2013 is the first report to look at the rights and treatment of the non-religious in every country in the world. Specifically, it looks at how non-religious individuals—whether they call themselves atheists, or agnostics, or humanists, or freethinkers or are otherwise just simply not religious—are treated because of their lack of religion or absence of belief in a god. We focus on discrimination by state authorities; that is systemic, legal or official forms of discrimination and restrictions on freedom of thought, belief and expression.

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