Uncommon Sense

April 21, 2021

If We are Going to Pass Anti-blasphemy Laws We Should Know What Blasphemy Is

Filed under: Culture,Morality,Religion,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 11:07 am
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A number of high ranking officials in the Muslim world, most often it seems the President of Pakistan, have been suggesting that western nations really, really should pass anti-blasphemy laws.

So what is blasphemy?

Blasphemy is an insult that shows contempt, disrespect, or lack of reverence concerning a deity, a sacred object, or something considered inviolable. Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime.” (Wikipedia)

But, you see, blasphemy is a religious crime, specific to each religion. You cannot generalize it. The churches themselves do not vehemently insist that you cannot blaspheme another religion. You can only blaspheme your own religion, they say. If you do try to generalize blasphemy so that it applies to all religions . . .
• Any Catholic who demeans a Protestant religion could be charged with blasphemy.
•  Any Hindu who demeans Muslims could be charged with blasphemy.
•  Any Muslim who demeans Hindus could be charged with blasphemy.
•  Any evangelical who bad mouths the Pope could be charged with blasphemy.
•  Any movie actor swearing according to script could be charged with blasphemy.
•  Political cartoonists could be charged with blasphemy on an almost daily basis.
•  Comedians could be charged with blasphemy on an almost daily basis.
•  Any one putting pineapple on a pizza could be charged with blasphemy.

Well, maybe not that last one.

Would we really want our courts bogged down with such cases? Plus, consider the complications. Would jurors be asked what their religion was during voire dire? (If so, what happens to the Constitutional “no religious test for public office/position” provision?) Would public defenders have to be the “right religion?” What would happen if the “church” of the religion so offended disagrees with the decision of our secular courts?

Think about what the standards for “showing a lack of respect” for a religion might entail. Where I come from, if you want respect, you have to earn it. Such laws would apparently give respect to all forms of worship (even worshipping Satan or the Flying Spaghetti Monster?) whether it has been earned or not.

Can you imagine the religious brought into court for demeaning the worship of Satan? (Oh, please, please, please let it happen.)

I have no problem if religions want to chastise or punish members of their churches for such infractions. But when they try to impose their rules on the rest of us, that is where I draw the line. What’s next? Country clubs trying to impose their dress codes on the rest of the nation? Book clubs deciding what we can and cannot read?

I think these people have become a bit too full of themselves. I do know that for officials like the President of Pakistan, that this is a form of virtue signaling, but some less observant think he is serious in his demands.

11 Comments »

  1. But when they try to impose their rules on the rest of us …

    Don’t they do that already?

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    Comment by Nan — April 21, 2021 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

    • They have tried and failed and tried and succeeded and continue to try. Each time we must oppose them as each time we lose, a little bit of our freedom is etched away.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 21, 2021 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  2. What an asinine suggestion and gross presupposition by ANY Islamic leader. This naturally goes for any other religious leader, let alone any secular leaders. If this presumed offensive language from the world’s non-Islamic population—i.e. approx 6.1-billion humans—is gladly endorsed by the rest of the world, sure. But how realistic is that? 🤣 Talk about a global Pandora’s Box or trying to put millions/billions of genies back in the bottle. Yeah, worse than an asinine idea. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Religious people still can’t even agree amongst themselves who/what exactly is God/Allah, much less His supposed envoys to Earth and Humanity. 🤣

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — April 21, 2021 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

    • That’s why I think this is just futile virtue signalling. They actually prefer to have “enemies” on all sides to bolster the walls of their defenses.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 21, 2021 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

      • “…prefer to have “enemies” on all sides…” sounds remarkably similar to Christian tactics of conjuring up enemies everywhere which creates a (fictitious) need for rescue or salvation of their Faith’s and church’s specific protocols, doesn’t it? 🙄

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — April 21, 2021 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  3. Full of themselves… and flaying about as the world moves on without them.

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    Comment by john zande — April 21, 2021 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  4. If “lack of respect to a deity” is considered to be blasphemy, then literally every person would commiting blasphemy every single day – since no matter what deity they pray to (if at all), they are showing a lack of respect to all other deities they are recognizing as deities.

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    Comment by List of X — April 21, 2021 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • Yep, you can see their logistical problems. Muslims would be tried for blasphemy all over the world.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 21, 2021 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  5. You said : “But when they try to impose their rules on the rest of us, that is where I draw the line.”

    My answer is “VERY TRUE”.
    That should have answered the question: “What blasphemy is”.
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    Comment by Tikno — April 23, 2021 @ 10:15 am | Reply


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