CFI Joins Petition Urging Denmark to Repeal Blasphemy Law
May 15, 2017
A coalition of writers, publishers, academics, and human rights advocates today issued a petition urging the Danish Parliament to approve a bill (L 170) that would repeal the blasphemy ban in section 140 of the Danish criminal code, punishing “Any person who, in public, ridicules or insults the dogmas or worship of any lawfully existing religious community.”
Amongst signers were Robyn Blumner, CFI’s President & CEO, and Michael De Dora, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs and Main Representative to the United Nations
As the petition states:
The Danish blasphemy ban is incompatible with both freedom of expression and equality before the law. There is no compelling reason why the feelings of religious believers should receive special protection against offence. In a vibrant and pluralistic democracy, all issues must be open to even harsh and scathing debate, criticism and satire. While the burning of holy books may be grossly offensive to religious believers it is nonetheless a peaceful form of symbolic expression that must be protected by free speech.
You can read the full petition here.