Blasphemy Laws Of Secular States And Sharia Law Essay

1052 Words Apr 12th, 2016 null Page
“Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to (a) God(s), to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable”
This is morally wrong and is legally punishable under blasphemy laws. However due to the non-uniformity of their application, limitations on basic Human rights like freedom of thought, conscience and freedom of expression, blasphemy law has had a longstanding contentious history. There has been a great polarity of application of such laws between different states since some states do not enforce these laws at all, some have abolished these laws and then there are some which have severe punishments associated to these laws, like Pakistan.
A change in dynamics has been observed through the application of blasphemy laws of secular states and Sharia law states. For example in United States it is a violation of the Constitution according to the Supreme Court Judgment in Joseph Burstyn inc v Wilson . It was held that prosecution for blasphemy would violate freedom of speech and expression. Furthermore In United Kingdom the last successful blasphemy prosecution was in the case of Whitehouse v Lemon 1977, where the accused blasphemer was charged with a nominal fine. however later on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 was…

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