Abolish blasphemy law

With the absurd police investigation in Ireland over Stephen Fry’s so-called “blasphemy” on The Meaning of Life TV programme, a show designed to air exactly such debate, it seems that The New Zealand Parliament is moving to remove its own version of this atavistic legislation.
“Blasphemy” is still a common law offence in Scotland.
While the law must protect religious individuals from harm and persecution that doesn’t extent to protecting religious ideas from scrutiny or criticism. Could it be that government’s resistance finally to abolishing this nonsense derives from a fear that any sort of attack on religious privilege is a block vote loser ?

Neil Barber– Communications Officer – Edinburgh Secular Society
Published The Scotsman Friday 12 May – 2017 – The Scotsman

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