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Dutch scrap archaic blasphemy law

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Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.

A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century…

The legislation, introduced in the 1930s, has not been invoked in the last half century. However, it still remains illegal under Dutch law to be disrespectful to police officers or to insult Queen Beatrix, the country’s monarch…

The BBC’s Anna Holligan, in The Hague, says that there was much debate about the issue after a Dutch court ruled that the far-right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders should be allowed to criticise Islam, even if his outspoken opinions offended many Muslims.

In 2008, a coalition government decided against repealing the blasphemy law in order to maintain support from a conservative Christian political party.

But, sooner or later, even the opportunism of professional politicians will be overcome by freedom-loving voters. Eventually, people realize that most “coalitions” are arranged to share power – not principles.

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Written by Ed Campbell

November 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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  1. Freedom loving voters you stated. Well ,unfortunately they are not too many. But the financial economic crisis is providing a lot more reason to express a vote. Secularism is on its way to crash this foolish idea of a world’s monotheistic vision . Faith is a private and personal choice, nothing more, noting else…….

    exult49

    November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Exult49's Blog and commented:
    Finalmente anche in Europa si inizia a comprendere che fede e religione sono il prodotto di scelte private e personali che niente hanno a che vedere con lo Stato che al contrario deve restare neutrale e superiore ad esse. L’Olanda é il primo paese europeo che abolisce la pena per blasfemia. La maggioranza dei partiti presenti in Parlamento ha considerato la pena contro il crimine di blasfemia non assume più rilevanza in quanto appartenente al XX secolo..Introdotta nel 1930 nell’ordinamento giuridico olandese,oggi hnon ha alcun senso. Un’ulteriore versione é che il partito antiislamista presente in Parlamento vuole avere mano libera nel criticare la visione fondamentalista dei fondamentalisti islamici presenti nel paese. Ma nel contempo il fodamentalismo dei conservatori cristiani ha creato situazioni di segno opposto . La decisione del Parlamento risponde alla necessità di privilegiare la ragione e non la fede, Soprattutto quando la fede diviene strumento politico di prevaricazione e discriminazione . Oggi un paese che vuole definirsi civile deve prescindere da visioni portatrici di divisione e differenziazione tra i cittadini. Siano essi cristiani, cattolici, musulmani o ebrei. W la libertà. W lo Stato laico, W il progresso dell’umanità.

    exult49

    November 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  3. Interesting post indeed – and your comment very apt. That it took so long after the 2008 ruling is still a disgrace.

    yerpirate

    November 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm


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