This doesn’t look like anything to worry about, but it is a disturbing proposal to the U.N. General Assembly and it needs to be stopped.
Four years after cartoons of the prophet Muhammad set off violent protests across the Muslim world, Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols and beliefs from mockery — essentially a ban on blasphemy that would put them on a collision course with free speech laws in the West.
Of course, free speech should win out and religion should be ripe for the mocking.
Does that mean religion should always be mocked? Not necessarily. I would argue (even though most of you don’t like it) that it’s a bad idea to mock religion with no real purpose in mind. In other words, blasphemy may be victimless and it should not be a crime, but doing it just for the sake of being a jerk serves no real purpose. We ought to pick our battles more wisely.
Anyway, this law doesn’t look like it has a chance of even being put to a vote. Which is good. Let’s work on protecting people, not their silly ideas.
(Thanks to Jeffrey for the link!)