Raskin, international observers call for end to blasphemy legislation across globe

(Worthy News) – On Thursday on Capitol Hill, a lawmaker and international observers called for an end to laws and other measures that direct religious thought.

“It’s hard to think of a more central question as it relates to ,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, , said in support of a House resolution that calls for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy and apostasy laws. “There are billions of people on Earth who can be prosecuted for what are essentially thought crimes.”

More than 80 nations have blasphemy laws, which the U.S. Commission for International defines as measures that penalize the act of insulting a deity or sacred things. Regions with the highest number of such laws are in Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan , but several countries in the West, usually viewed as more religiously tolerant, maintain blasphemy laws, including , and . [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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