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 This case demonstrates why it's so important for Canada's law to be repealed.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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- Sunday Meeting: Mari Swingle - Technology and the brain at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 10:30 AM
- Social club planning meeting at Waves West Broadway, Vancouver
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 06:00 PM
- Atheist Nanaimo Monthly Meeting at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM
- Book Club: Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World at Goldis' Home, Vancouver
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- Sunday Meeting: Ian Bushfield - The urgency of Humanism at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver