Council of Europe attacks blasphemy laws

Blasphemy is part of a person's freedom of expression and should not be made illegal, a Council of Europe advisory body said in a report published Wednesday. The body’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, argued that while inciting religious hatred should be a criminal offence, as is the case with almost all of the Council of Europe's 56 members, blasphemy comes under freedom of expression.

The Commission also noted a distinction between blasphemy and insults prompted by a person’s religion.

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Comment by wisp on May 31, 2009 at 7:12am
Finally, a step in the right direction against these anti-blasphemy laws! While I agree that the people who hold the beliefs should be protected against libel/slander and personal attacks, the ideas themselves are IDEAS - and NO idea should be protected from disagreement and debate.

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