A study by the by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom finds that one-third of all countries have blasphemy laws on the books. The most common punishment for offenders is imprisonment but other punishments include lashings, forced labor, and even the death penalty. Religious minorities, atheists, freethinkers, and dissidents too often fall victim to these discriminatory policies.
In the spirit of America’s Constitutional freedom to practice any religion or none, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced House Resolution 512 and Senate Resolution 458. These resolutions call for the repeal of global blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Specifically, the resolution “calls on the President and the Secretary of State to make the repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws a priority in the bilateral relationships of the United States with all countries that have such laws” and encourages them to oppose any attempts by the United Nations to consider expanding its definition of incitement to include blasphemy or “defamation of religion.”
Tell your Representative to stand up for international religious freedom by urging them to co-sponsor House Resolution 512.