21 March 2017

Blasphemy: Denmark’s Double Standard

.... It seems Danish freedom of expression has deteriorated considerably since 2005, in part owing to intimidation and a chilling climate of fear, in which blasphemy laws are enforced largely via extra-judicial execution.

Jacob Mchangama, a Danish lawyer who founded Justitia, a civil-liberties group that monitors freedom of expression across Europe, called out the double-standard that gives Islam special protection and said the blasphemy charge was a giant step backwards for his country.

In response to the ruling, Conatus News columnist Robbie Travers posed the poignant question whether previous terrorist attacks in Copenhagen have shaped the national attitude to protest speech of the Koran-burning variety. [Conatus News] Read more