Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Blasphemy abolished in Denmark

Denmark has abolished its blasphemy law:

Danish lawmakers have repealed a 334-year-old blasphemy law that forbids public insults of a religion, such as the burning of holy books.

Only a handful of blasphemy trials have taken place in the past 80 years, and several high-profile cases have been dropped, including one involving a caricature of the prophet Muhammad published in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005.

Denmark was the only Scandinavian country with a blasphemy law, which called for up to four months in prison upon conviction, although most people were fined instead.

It's a good step forward, and drags Denmark out of the dark ages. Meanwhile, we're still there - despite the Prime Minister joining other politicians in calling for the law to be repealed, his party voted against it. But hopefully someone will put a bill in the member's ballot so we can finally join the modern world.