Ireland take note – Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law
Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.
A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century.
The legislation, introduced in the 1930s, has not been invoked in the last half century.
Freedom of speech is a much-cherished right in the liberal and traditionally tolerant
The BBC’s Anna Holligan, in The Hague, says that there was much debate about the issue after a Dutch court ruled that the far-right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders should be allowed to criticise Islam, even if his outspoken opinions offended many Muslims.
In 2008, a coalition government decided against repealing the blasphemy law in order to maintain support from an orthodox Christian political party.
Posted on November 29, 2012, in Crime, Government, International affairs, Ireland, Religion and tagged BBC, Beatrix of the Netherlands, blasphemy, Dutch, Geert Wilders, Hague, Ireland, Islam, Law of the Netherlands, Netherlands, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.