- Danish legislators have reviewed centuries-old blasphemy law
- They proposed that religion should not dictate what is allowed or forbidden to say publicly
- Burning of holy books can be done in this European country without prosecution of burner
Some Danish lawmakers have come together to review and repeal a blasphemy law that has been in practice for hundreds of years. Their focus is basically on laws prohibiting the public ridiculing of a religion and the burning of holy books.
NAIJ.com gathered that Denmark was the only Scandinavian country with a blasphemy law. According to The Guardian, the European country has only had a few blasphemy trials over a period of eighty years.
Many of the high-profile cases have been dropped. This includes the comic imitation of Prophet Muhammad published in Jyllands-Posten newspaper in year 2005.
On this note, the first man to be charged publicly for burning the Quran in the 1970s has become a free man. The issue of burning religious books became a focal point when a 42-year-old man from northern Jutland shared a video of himself burning the Quran while saying ‘Yes to freedom, no to Islam.’
The man had written a text to accompany the video. He said "consider your neighbor: it stinks when it burns.”
With the legislature’s decision to repeal the penal code blasphemy clause on public scorn against a religion, the charges against the 42-year-old man were dropped. There was absolutely no point in going on with the prosecution since the law with which he would have been prosecuted was scrapped.
“Religion should not dictate what is allowed and what is forbidden to say publicly,” says Bruno Jerup, an MP who proposed to repeal the law. “It gives religion a totally unfair priority in society,” he added.
It should be known that the burning of Quran has led to the lynching, arrest and death of the burners in Muslim-majority countries. Muslims see the Quran as a holy book that should be treated with reverence. Any form of desecration on this book is a grave sin to many of them.
What is your take on this, would you burn the Bible or the Holy Quran just for the fun of it?
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