Thursday, January 30, 2014

The problem with blasphemy laws

The problem with blasphemy laws is that the religious majority uses them as weapons of oppression against religious minorities. 

At the moment, there are more and more pending blasphemy cases,’ said I.A. Rahman, one of Pakistan’s leading human rights activists. ‘Extremist organizations demonstrate and raise slogans, and judges are afraid. They agitate all the time, creating hatred, and the government is not doing anything. Successive governments have failed.’"

Source: Pakistan: vigilantes use blasphemy law to target religious minorities | Toronto Star:

Every time I think of blasphemy laws I think of innocent men and women being imprisoned.