Dutch to scrap blasphemy law, Denmark targets sharia marriages

via Dutch to scrap blasphemy law on insulting God – Yahoo! News.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Almighty will have to defend his own name from now on: Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will scrap a law making it a crime to insult God.

A majority of parties said Wednesday the European Union nation no longer needs the law, which hasn’t been invoked in the past half-century.

The movement to decriminalize blasphemy gathered strength in the last decade amid a national debate about the limits of freedom of speech. The climax came at the 2011 trial of far-right politician Geert Wilders, when judges ruled he had the right to criticize Islam, even if his opinions were insulting to many Muslims.

And Government targets forced marriages via The Copenhagen Post  h/t to New English Review.

Increased punishment and the expulsion of imams among the efforts aimed at curbing forced religious marriages. The government is stepping up its battle against forced marriages.

TV2 News reported this evening that the government will announce a package tomorrow aimed at curbing forced Muslim marriages, also known as Sharia marriages.

The legislation is expected to further increase the criminal punishments for forced marriages, ban those married under Sharia law from utilising the Danish divorce system, and allow for the expulsion of imams who carry out forced religious marriages.

Everyone should have the same rights when they live in Denmark, regardless of whether one has Muslim parents,” the social affairs and integration minister, Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne), told TV2 News. “Everyone should have the same rights to freedom, and that is what we want to help people achieve.”

Although it was reported earlier this year that there had not been a single conviction for forced marriages since the former Venstre-Konservative government increased the punishment in 2008, LOKK, the association of women’s crisis centres, said that the number of women seeking help – either because of a pending forced marriage or the threat of one – rose six-fold between 2005 and 2010 from 101 women to 660.

The Copenhagen Post quickly backtracked so as not to offend any Muslims, changing its headline:

The headline was also changed to reflect that the government was targeting forced marriages, not simply religious Muslim marriages.

19 Responses

  1. THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS THAT MARRYING AGAINST ONE’S WILL IS NOTHING BUT RAPE. NO MATTER HOW IT WILL BE EXPLAINED.

    YES, ALLAH REMOVED MANY REGIMES WHEN IMPOSED THEMSELVES ON THEIR PEOPLE AND APPEARED AS IF THEY ARE THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH HIMSELF. THAT HAPPENED IN THE CASE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, HITLER, AND OTHERS EITHER IN THE PAST OR AT ANY OTHER TIME.

    JESUS CAME TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS BECAUSE THERE WAS A RULER CLAIMED HIMSELF AS GOD.

    FOR ANYONE TO IMPOSE HIM/HERSELF ON ANYONE AND TRY TO MANAGE LIFE THAT IS MANAGED BY GOD, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, IS DISRESPECTING GOD’S EXISTENCE AND CHANLLENGING HIS ALMIGHTY IN RULING A PART OF THE UNIVERSE THAT IS BEING RULED BY THE ALMIGHTY.

    USUALLY, WHEN SOMEONE IS PUSHED TO MARRY SOMEONE IS THAT THE PUSHER IS RICHER AND THE PUSHED ONE IS POORER.

    JUST FORGET ABOUT POLITICS FOR A WHILE AND THE “RELIGIOUS” WARS, IF ONE READS THE HOLY KURAN WITHOUT BIAS, ONE WILL FIND MANY PLACES FORBID TYRANNY WHETHER IT IS FROM IMAMS, RULERS, HUSBANDS, OR IN ANY SITUATION WHERE HUMAN ABUSES HUMAN.

    I AGREE WITH THE DUTCH AND I CONGRATULATE THEM TO BE ABLE TO LIVE HEALTHY LIFE AS THEY DO.

    ONLY ALLAH CAN STRAIGHTEN MORAL/SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. ANYONE ELSE IS NOTHING BUT AN ANIMAL.

    • YOU should read the quran, where “one will find many places” your beloved “holy” book is nothing but the demented ravings of a murderous paedophile.

      Wherever you muslims go, whichever country you decide to infest, you bring nothing but trouble, hatred, stupidity and filth. Filth? Yes, the area around Malmo in Sweden was beautiful, clean and ‘Swedish’, now it’s a garbage dump, with plastic everywhere, and the place stinks of urine, courtesy of muslims who quickly bring every area they invade down to the level of a stinking medieval slum.

      You bring nothing to the progressive, modern west, you are a blight on humanity; do all of us a favour, and go back to the mid-east or African slums you came from.

  2. The US basically already have the same laws on the books..freedom of speech and others. Problem is we have spineless politictians who defend the assailnts and not the victims.

  3. Bill T., on December 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM said:
    The US basically already have the same laws on the books..freedom of speech and others. Problem is we have spineless politictians who defend the assailnts and not the victims.

  4. Please don’t confuse Allah and God — 2 completely different things.

    • I could not agree more, this is just a streamed lined way of the Dutch Gov letting the Muzzies now the Sharia crap has no place in thier country…wish we would too

  5. It’s sad that the Dutch had to discard a law that was meant to honor God so that the radical Muslims couldn’t cite it to enact mayhem. As repugnant as some “free-speech” is, it’s essential for true freedom. Muslims view anything they consider to be an irreverent reference to Allah as blasphemy of Islam. Under Sharia, punishment for this could be very harsh, up-to and including death. No concept of “free-speech” for them! When God scattered the people from the Tower of Babel, He was demonstrating his dislike of a “one-world” concept. One language…one culture…etc. He forced people to form separate communities and the result was many different countries and subsequently many different diversities. There are so many choices now…If you don’t like the culture and rules of one nation, leave it and go live in another. This action by the Dutch parliament is probably too little, too late. History has shown that the Muslim agenda is not easily thwarted. Unfortunately, that’s not the Muslim way of doing things…first they occupy, then they overtake.

    • Dearborn/White House cleanse these areas of these cesspools.

    • “It’s sad that the Dutch had to discard a law that was meant to honor God” … Surely, you’re joking. Blasphemy is the original victimless crime and is intended for nothing but to keep clergy in power. You must believe in one weak-kneed, pansy-assed deity if you believe “blasphemy laws” are there to protect and honor such. Good grief, this is not the Middle Ages! Or, maybe it is for you.

      • I’m not sure you would consider them worth your time, seeing as how they were written even before the Middle Ages…but are you familiar with the Ten Commandments? You know, those “laws”, that most people think are “suggestions”, that you can find in the 5th book of the Bible, Deuteronomy. Chapter 5. Most of them have been translated into LAWS. For instance:

        Thou shalt not kill.
        Thou shalt not steal.
        Thou shalt not murder.

        Some of them used to be illegal, such as committing adultery or giving false testimony (lying) against your neighbor, but not so much today. Too bad.

        The most important ones deal with how we are to view the God of the Bible:

        You shall have no other gods before me.
        You shall not make for yourself an idol…you shall not bow down to them or worship them.
        And, for purposes of this conversation:

        YOU SHALL NOT MISUSE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, FOR THE LORD WILL NOT HOLD ANYONE GUILTLESS WHO MISUSES HIS NAME. (Emphasis, mine)

        My God, the God of the Bible, is neither “weak-kneed or pansy-assed”, as you infer. He is, however, patient…”The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter: 3:9…and, ultimately:..”God is just…He will punish who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.” 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, (part).

        I will pray for you.

  6. Hey Joy! God did NOT disperse for “diversity”…He dispersed us because we would NOT and DO NOT understand we ARE one “RACE”…made in “His” image! To this day…”most” people STILL do not understand this!

    “WE” (humans) are ALL “equal!” NOT ONE PERSON IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER! PERIOD!

    Does education make one person better than another? NO!
    Does money make one person better than another? NO!
    Does skin color make one person better than another? NO!

    We are to be “raised” to the next level of “consciousness” according to the Mayan Calendar. Is that what it means? That the world “wakes-up” to the fact that we ARE “ONE RACE?”

    “hmmm…??? Only God knows!”

    Take Care and God Bless!

    • My thoughts reflected the concept that God was behind the scattering of people into different countries which resulted in the development of separate countries and a myriad of diverse cultures.

      Are you familiar with the account of the Tower of Babel in the Bible? After the flood, all the people on the earth spoke one language. They decided to build a city and a tower “so that we may make a name for ourselves”. We could describe them as prideful. They took their eyes from God and were focusing on their own efforts. “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” Genesis 11:4-7. In other words, people who take their eyes off from God get into trouble. “If the whole human race remained united in the proud attempt to take its destiny into its own hands and, by its man-centered efforts, to seize the reins of history, there would be no limit to its unrestrained rebellion against God. The kingdom of man would displace and exclude the kingdom of God.” The NIV Study Bible, p.23, notes.

      I’m not sure what Mayan “consciousness” you are talking about. Sounds like “new-age”, nonsense, gobbledygook to me.

  7. This is good news, and CS deserves credit for being part of it.

  8. Any “blasphemy law” is scrap.

    • The 10 Commandments, (Deuteronomy 5), were written to keep us out-of trouble with God and to keep us out-of trouble while we live out our lives here on earth. One of the commandments says: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” That’s one way to describe “blasphemy.” I don’t think that’s “crap”…or “scrap”, as you say. It may not be illegal to ignore that commandment, but it’s not very wise…eternally speaking.

  9. Damn, I thought this blog was about sharia marriages and blasphemy laws, it seems I’ve stumbled into a BIBLE CAMP!!??

    • Well Peter35: I hope you are enjoying your “camping” experience. As I ponder current events like marriage and blasphemy, I like to cut-to-the-chase and go to the original author of such topics…GOD. Doing so saves a lot of time and trouble as we attempt to arrive at correct conclusions.

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