Government Correct to Abolish Blasphemy Laws – Free Speech Coalition

By   /   March 12, 2019  /   2 Comments

The Government has made New Zealand freer by abolishing outdated blasphemy laws prohibiting speech critical of religion, says the Free Speech Coalition.

Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says “A remnant of New Zealand’s less liberal past has been struck off the law books.”

“A key quality of liberal democracy is the ability to critique societal structures of belief without fear of legal retribution. Our legal system should not protect select groups from the speech of others for any reason. No religion or idea is above criticism.”

“While these laws are not currently in use, there always remains a threat that enforcement of blasphemy laws may become fashionable in the future in response to evolving social attitudes. Worrisome movement towards this can be seen from the Human Rights Commission with some of their recommendations in their CERD report. Recommendation 2, in particular, could be viewed as a call for de facto blasphemy laws under the guise of combatting hate speech.”

“We applaud Minister Little’s promotion of every citizen’s right to free expression and opinion.”

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2 Comments

  1. Richard Christie says:

    The law was worded in the manner reminiscent of a classic oxymoron.
    It referred to acts of blasphemous libel.

    Hello? as if you can libel an entity that doesn’t exist.

    Good riddance to law that only serves to embarrass the nation.

    • John W says:

      NZ runs on many myths.

      It has taken a long time to relegate “Basphemy” to the rubbish tin.

      It takes two to make something offensive. The one who speaks and the one who takes offense.

      Being offensive has little to do with honesty.


 
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