Should blasphemy be outlawed by the UN?
Some Islamic countries are pushing for ''international legal regulations against attacks on what people deem sacred''
Essentially this is making protection from blasphemy a human right. Making it a right not to be offended by someone critiquing or mocking your religious views.
Essentially, if you hold genital mutilation of children sacred or any other harmful religious belief sacred it is proposed to make it illegal to condemn this.
I hope Australia does not sign this.
What a clash of values. What a clash of civilisations. Western enlightenment values versus medieval religion.
I suggest most human rights are human constructs that are granted rather than intrinsic. They aim t improve the human condition. Also none are absolute. The most difficult ethical issues often involve a clash of rights or values. Freedom of religion to lock up women versus equal rights and freedom of movement. Freedom of speech versus slander and liable.
I support individual freedom of religion up to the point it harms other people or when people try and force their religious taboos on others who do not believe. If there is a secular argument in parallel fair enough.
I suggest the world is better off allowing blasphemy, allowing religion and theocracies to be criticised or mocked. While I don't see the point of mindless provocative put downs, religion should not be off limits.
Perhaps the trickiest aspect is where the comments have a rascist aspect to them.
Isn't it interesting how freedom from religious insult is now being positioned by some alongside the right to life, freedom from slavery (what if slavery is sanctioned by your religion?), freedom from torture, equality before the law.
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief (not in some religions),
Freedom of opinion and expression - not if this gets up.
What do you think