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Peter Skaarup, the Danish People’s Party’s spokesperson on legal affairs, finds it refreshing that the Danish Institute for Human Rights is now proposing the abolition of the provision against blasphemy.

Foto: Sonny Munk Carlsen, Scanpix


Anti-blasphemy law to go?

08. maj 2012 11.45 English

The Danish Institute for Human Rights wants to propose the abolition of the provision against blasphemy in the Danish Criminal Code, on the basis that religions do not have human rights.

A clearer debate
The Institute’s director, Jonas Christoffersen, believes that allowing blasphemy whilst retaining the prohibition against racism would lead to a clearer debate about freedom of expression.

This would mean, for example, that people would be free to mock God, but not to sneer at others for being Christian.

Individuals must be protected
“You might say that religions are fair game – as a general rule – but groups of people should be protected,” Christoffersen told Jyllands-Posten.

The Danish People’s Party (DPP) welcomes the proposal wholeheartedly and wants to introduce it in Parliament.

“It is refreshing that the Danish Institute for Human Rights dares to say this. We have previously presented proposals about abolishing the provision.

We did not achieve a majority, but it contributed to a better acceptance of the idea, so I would be very happy to put this forward again,” says the DPP’s legal affairs spokesperson, Peter Skaarup.

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