Conflating Islam and Christianity While Islamic Nations Kill Religious Liberty

Somewhat misleading title as there really is no religious liberty in Islam.

Source: Conflating Islam and Christianity While Islamic Nations Kill Religious Liberty

“Respecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws” is a comprehensive report on the status of religious liberty throughout the world. Issued by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, its findings are illuminating on several counts.

Its definition of blasphemy is straightforward: it is defined as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.” Of the world’s 195 countries, 71 have such laws. Two of them, Malta and Denmark, repealed their blasphemy laws after the data were collected by the Commission.

There were some surprises and some predictable findings. Regarding the former, the following countries sanction imprisonment for blasphemy: Canada, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, and Poland. Not surprisingly, the five nations with the most oppressive blasphemy laws are Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Qatar. They all are Islamic states.

The official religion in Iran is Islam. Article 513 of its Penal Code says that anyone who insults Islam “should be executed if his insult equals to speaking disparagingly of Prophet Muhammad. Otherwise, should be imprisoned from one to five years.”

Pakistan is formally known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with Islam as its state religion. Chapter XV, Section 295-C authorizes death for “innuendo” of an insulting nature. “Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Islam is the state religion of Yemen. Those who ridicule Islam can be imprisoned. Article 260 of its Penal Code authorizes “Punishment with imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or a fine” for anyone who “distorts willfully the Holy Quran in a manner which changes its meaning with the purpose of harming the natural Religion.”

Somalia is an African nation that practices slavery. It is run by Muslims; Islam is the official religion. Article 2 of the Constitution says that “No religion other than Islam can be propagated in the country.” Anyone who insults Islam shall be imprisoned. Also, “No law which is not compliant with the general principles of Shari’ah can be enacted.”

Qatar is another Islamic state. Article I of its Constitution says “Islam and Shari’a law shall be a main source of legislation.” Insulting the state religion results in imprisonment. Moreover, Article 256 of the Penal Code says offenders can get up to seven years for “Insulting any of the prophets in letter and spirit, in writing, drawing, gesturing or in any other way.” This includes those who use “disks, computer programs or magnetized tapes” to offend Islam.

In the United States, it is not uncommon for pundits, activists, talk-show hosts, comedians, and professors to contend that Christianity is no different from Islam—both are oppressive. Yet these sages can only voice such nonsense in Christian-majority nations. In Muslim-majority nations, they would either be imprisoned or executed.


4 thoughts on “Conflating Islam and Christianity While Islamic Nations Kill Religious Liberty

  1. Without the Blasphemy Laws and killing people who leave Islam it would have not survived. Islam is so bad its followers have to Force you to stay and not say anything negative about it. If is was so great people wouldn’t be Forced.

  2. Americans men and women, the old and the young all share one Common thing that is “Live and let live!” Do not push us too hard to accept something as Discriminating as Sharia Law! RwoRughts is void inthat Female Hating Law! Any one who loves that Law should move to any Islamic country and be Happy there! Leave us,The Americas alone!

    God bless America!

  3. Congress needs to officially ban theocratic states from funding educational and religious projects of all kinds in the U.S. Most Americans have a very negative perception of these governments and do not want them trying to influence public opinion in the U.S. Of course, the special interests that receive the money will oppose such a measure, but probably 75% of the public should be in favor. A group of veterans and former ex-pat workers in the Middle East should join together and push for such a measure, rather than having a political figure. The issue needs to be raised as a security issue, not a religious freedom issue. Muslims are free to practice their religion peacefully, but not to receive funding from the enemies of the U.S.

  4. Why should Muslims get to practice their religion freely or otherwise? Their so called religions purpose is to subjugate each and every one of us. This is the biggest challenge the world has ever seen and will reach a boiling point. I’m afraid liberals will continue to support right up to their own beheading. This is an ugly thing that is happening.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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