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It should be politically impossible for universities to enforce blasphemy laws

It should be politically impossible for universities to enforce blasphemy laws

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:23 by Benjamin Jones

It should be politically toxic, publicly excruciating, there should be protests, and mass disruption to campuses when universities censor blasphemy. Where is the outrage?

Secularist bequest upheld in court, in 1915

Secularist bequest upheld in court, in 1915

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:10 by National Secular Society

A landmark legal cases involving secularists took place a century ago. In Bowman v. Secular Society the relatives of a testator leaving money to the Society sought to have the will declared invalid on the grounds of blasphemy.

A strange case of blasphemy

A strange case of blasphemy

Posted: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27 by Benjamin Jones

The Sony crisis is almost identical to the Satanic Verses controversy, or the Mohammed cartoon riots. Benjamin Jones argues that Sony's capitulation to North Korea has all the hallmarks of religious blasphemy cases, and that the state religion of North Korea is functionally identical to theocracy.

Apostasy and blasphemy laws: an affront to human rights

Apostasy and blasphemy laws: an affront to human rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:20 by Alastair Lichten

Iran's execution of Mohsen Amir-Aslani on apostasy charges illustrates the injustices caused by such laws in the Middle East and around the world, argues Alastair Lichten.

Springtime for defamation of religion

Springtime for defamation of religion

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:41 by Robert C. Blitt

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, Robert C. Blitt explains why The US Department of State and numerous human rights organizations are premature in heralding the end of attempts to entrench an international norm prohibiting blasphemy at the United Nations