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Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

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Compassionist
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Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

#1 Postby Compassionist » March 20th, 2018, 12:31 pm

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/20 ... blasphemy/

Many countries still have apostasy and blasphemy laws. Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished? Such laws breach articles 3 and 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/universal-declarat ... index.html

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Re: Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

#2 Postby Alan H » March 20th, 2018, 12:48 pm

Yes! It way be difficult to do in some countries, but we should be trying.
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Re: Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

#3 Postby Compassionist » March 20th, 2018, 1:28 pm

Alan H wrote:Yes! It way be difficult to do in some countries, but we should be trying.

I agree. I am very sad about all the people who have been persecuted and killed because of leaving religion and criticising religion. I feel powerless to make everyone omnibenevolent.

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Re: Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

#4 Postby Jerome P » March 23rd, 2018, 1:31 pm

Absolutely, although defamation of religion under the guise of "hate crime" is a more urgent matter. No religion should enjoy that kind of protection. If they really are what they claim to be (the teachings of their founder), then they should be able to endure it for his sake. The fact that they screech out whenever someone points out something lacking about the religion shows that they are not following the so-called founder, but rather a cult formed around him (usually without his intention or permission. Very few founders leave behind a successor or will or even their own writing). Hence, why Christians go up in arms whenever an attack on the churches is made, even when Jesus is never once mentioned in a negative light.

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Re: Should Humanists try to get apostasy and blasphemy laws abolished?

#5 Postby Compassionist » March 25th, 2018, 7:31 pm

Jerome P wrote:Absolutely, although defamation of religion under the guise of "hate crime" is a more urgent matter. No religion should enjoy that kind of protection. If they really are what they claim to be (the teachings of their founder), then they should be able to endure it for his sake. The fact that they screech out whenever someone points out something lacking about the religion shows that they are not following the so-called founder, but rather a cult formed around him (usually without his intention or permission. Very few founders leave behind a successor or will or even their own writing). Hence, why Christians go up in arms whenever an attack on the churches is made, even when Jesus is never once mentioned in a negative light.

I agree. I am totally against hate crimes which involves causing harm to an individual or a group because of their gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, nationality, etc. Criticisms of religions and philosophies are necessary otherwise all kinds of evils get committed with impunity. Please see: http://end-blasphemy-laws.org Also please sign this petition to end apostasy laws: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Go ... Believers/


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