4 thoughts on “against blasphemy laws

  1. blasphemy laws are always for cowards who can’t stand anyone pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.

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  2. Barry says:

    This country inherited common law and statutes from the UK when we gained self-government, and that included the crime of blasphemous libel. Such a charge can come before the court only with the direct approval of the Attorney-General. A charge of blasphemous libel has been laid only once, in 1922, and the accused was found not guilty. These days, freedom of expression as guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, means that it’s unlikely a charge of blasphemous libel would ever be laid and even more unlikely to succeed.

    What’s interesting is the the churches have been petitioning for years to have the crime of blasphemous libel removed from the books. According to the Primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia “God’s bigger than needing to be defended by the Crimes Act” and “It is an archaic and unhelpful law and it should be repealed. Freedom of speech is a fundamental of democracy, and indeed as any parent knows, freedom is a consequence of love”. It’s surprising that there’s ever enough conservative Members of Parliament to vote down every previous attempt of removing the law. Currently there’s an “omnibus” bill proceeding through Parliament that includes the removal of blasphemous libel , and this time it looks like the numbers are there.

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    • makagutu says:

      This is quite interesting.
      I have just discovered blasphemy is treated as a misdemeanor in our laws & if found guilty, one can be imprisoned for up to 1 year. I don’t think anyone has been tried under this law.

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