Celebrate International Blasphemy Rights Day: It’s a Victimless Crime!

Friday, September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day. It is a day to celebrate the right to speaking freely about ideas and things such as religions, gods, sacred books, and profanity. Unfortunately, not everyone has the right to say what they want about these things—some countries will punish you with fines, imprisonment, and death if you are found guilty of blasphemy. Even in societies such as the United States where religious freedom is celebrated, the criticism and questioning of others’ religious beliefs is frowned upon and often met with derision and hostility.

The right to blaspheme is where the rights of free speech and religious freedom intersect. In order to have a truly democratic and open society, all citizens must be able to speak openly and honestly about all things—even another’s religion, lack of religion, beliefs, gods, and sacred books—and be able to take the name of supernatural entities in vain: Holy Zeus!

Notable Countries that Criminalize Blasphemy

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan

 

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