Blasphemy laws are being repackaged around the world as prohibitions on ‘hate speech.’ Don’t buy it

Voters in Ireland last week removed the crime of blasphemy from that country’s constitution, a change that the minister of justice hailed as “another reflection of the strong public support for a modern, liberal constitution.”

Yet despite Ireland’s example, insulting God or religious figures is still a crime in more than 70 countries, in some places punishable by death. (On Wednesday Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release of a Christian woman who had spent eight years on death row after being convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.)

Read the full article at the Los Angeles Times

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