Feb 27, 2017 Newsletter

Like Canada, Danish authorities have not invoked their country's blasphemy law in decades. To the average Dane, there has effectively been no punishment for mocking or offending religious ideas.

That changed last week when a man was charged with blasphemy after he filmed himself burning a Quran for an anti-Islam group.

Whether the charge will stand up against the Danish Constitution is an open question but this case has shown that it only takes the right political circumstances for archaic laws to be used to censor free expression.

A dormant law is not a dead law. This case demonstrates why it's so important for Canada's law to be repealed.

The Justice Minister made a commitment last month to review the law as part of a broad review of the justice system and we're planning to keep the pressure up.

 

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Podcast: Elisabeth Ormandy - Animals in Science Policy Institute

Is it time to replace, reduce & refine the use of animals in research?

News: Supreme Court of Canada to hear evangelical law school case

The battle over TWU's proposed law school is headed to Canada's highest court.

News: Danish blasphemy case demonstrates risk of Canada's law

Denmark's blasphemy law has been invoked for the first time in 45 years.

 


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