Reviving the Crime of Blasphemy

FROM ANSAmed http://www.ansamed.info (October 19, 2012) —

The Qatari Justice Minister is designing a law that would ban attacks on or offenses to religion. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to create an international law with the help of the United Nations. News of the minister’s plan was reported on Friday by the Doha Gulf Times.

“In recent years, there have been insults and offenses against religion through drawings, films and other means. Thus we have taken the initiative to create a legislative instrument on an international level to protect the sacredness of all religions. The draft will be presented at the United Nations,” declared Qatari Justice Minister Hassan bin Abdullah al-Ghanem.

The Qatari minister is collaborating with the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on making religious offense considered a crime abroad as well as at home.

“Offenses to religion shake the foundations of stability in the world and put world peace at risk,” said Yousuf Qaradawi, president of IUMS. Every religion has its sacred elements. In the case of Islam, the Koran and the Prophet Mohammed are sacred, and any attack automatically sparks undesirable consequences, Qaradawi explained. “It is impossible to contain the spontaneous rage of a mass insulted by an offense to their religion,” Qaradawi added.

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I find the curtailment of free thought and free speech to be offensive to “my religion” of rationalism, secularism, skepticism & tolerance. The introduction of such a law would blaspheme my “gods” and I want the Qatar Minister of Justice to be chastised.

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