Blasphemy law considered discriminatory

7th November 2009, Comments 3 comments

Three Dutch opposition parties are arguing that a ban on blasphemy is discriminatory, and want it scrapped.

The Netherlands - Three Dutch opposition parties are arguing that a ban on blasphemy is discriminatory, and want it scrapped.

According to leftwing liberal D66, Socialist Party and conservative VVD, the law should not offer more protection to religious opinions than to worldly ones.

Liberal MP Boris van der Ham told Dutch TV that the current law on what is called "abusive blasphemy" is superfluous and the three parties are introducing a bill for its abolition.

A majority in the lower house is expected to approve the bill, with only governing Christian Democrats and Christian Union, and opposition orthodox christians voting against. The proposal will not be discussed until early next year.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • tudor_geo posted:

    on 7th November 2009, 20:59:47 - Reply

    The law on blasphemy was not being enforced for 40 years. The public prosecutors considered it outdated, and they are allowed by the opportunity principle to cancel the prosecution in cases wherein they think prosecution is not opportune.
  • H. posted:

    on 7th November 2009, 11:38:53 - Reply

    Why do they raise these issues, is there any point?

    I am an atheist among many living in a country with christian values, and with royalty, why I highly appreciate...I think scrapping this law would have very disrespectful consequences toward dutch culture and the people who have made holland what it is today.
  • H. posted:

    on 7th November 2009, 11:38:53 - Reply

    Why do they raise these issues, is there any point?

    I am an atheist among many living in a country with christian values, and with royalty, why I highly appreciate...I think scrapping this law would have very disrespectful consequences toward dutch culture and the people who have made holland what it is today.