No more Blasphemy Laws!
by Michelle on September 15, 2015 - 9:22pm
On Friday January 30th 2015, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEC), along with the European Humanist Federation (EHF), teamed up together for a campaign focused on wishing to abolish ‘’Blasphemy Laws’’ around the world. The ‘’End Blasphemy Campaign’’ focuses on the ‘’issues of laws against blasphemy, including ridicule, insult to religion or hurting religious sentiments’’ (Humanist Canada).
For someone who does not know what ‘’blasphemy’’ is, let me define it. Blasphemy is the “action of irrelevant behaviour toward anything held sacred, priceless” (Reference Dictionary). For example, it can be cursing or saying something untrue about a religion. Some laws around the world are saying one cannot talk about another religion, including customs, holy people and beliefs.
The 200 humanists are saying these laws are against freedom of speech, and that people are able to criticize, as they believe ‘’Humans have rights-not beliefs’’. They affirm this is against equality and the right of humans, and these humanists are going into schools to educate people by saying blasphemy laws are bad.
In my opinion, I agree with this campaign. People can say what they want, but it should be respectful. For example, what happened with Charlie Hebdo was not okay. People were expressing their ideas, and should not have been killed. However, do people go too far when applying their freedom of speech, and if so, where is the limit for freedom of speech?
Humanist Canada. “Internation Coallition Against Blasphemy Laws.” Humanist Canada. N.p., January 30th, 2015. Web. September 12th.