England has continued its move toward comprehensive blasphemy prosecution with the arrest of a 15-year-old girl for inciting religious hatred by allegedly burning a copy of the Koran (Qur’an) — and showing the act on Facebook. I have written in columns and blog entries (here and here and here) about this dangerous trend in the West as citizens are arrested for blasphemy laws.
So citizens are protected in burning books ranging from Das Capital to The Federalist Papers. However, if the book is a religious text, they can be criminally charged?
Under British law, an adult can face up to seven years in prison, a fine or both.
Such laws not only deny free speech but they allow countries to define what they consider an insult to religion — particularly majoritarian faiths. I remain astonished by the lack of outcry in the West over its adoption of blasphemy prosecutions.
Source: Daily Mail