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Old 05-09-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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Seems to me this is a petition worth signing:


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The proposed amendments seek to protect the rights of non-believers and their freedom to express their non-belief, in member countries with standing blasphemy laws that infringe upon the human rights of non-believers. At present, the Articles expressly protect religious freedoms, but do not protect the freedom of non-believers and as such, non-believers are being persecuted, imprisoned and even executed for expressing their opinions with regards to certain religions in various member countries. We also petition to appeal to the United Nations to lessen the restrictions on freedom of expression, enunciated in Articles 18 (3) and 19 (3) sub-paragraphs (a) & (b) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976), to protect the human rights of atheists and agnostics in religious countries.
https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitio...blasphemy-laws


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Old 05-11-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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Thanks for posting that. I was not aware it was a problem.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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Thanks for posting that. I was not aware it was a problem.
I'm surprised to see you type that. It's definitely a problem. My niece and nephews have been subjected to what Christians would call 'persecution' for years because their dad's job took them to a corner of the country where you introduce yourself by saying "What church do you go to?" They get serious, serious flak for having no special religious beliefs. It's no different from my great-grandparents, who met because they both attended a Presbyterian church as a covering tactic -- he had to hide the fact that he was Jew, and she was hiding her Catholicism.

In this country we've made it to the point that you can have freedom of religion, but you're not free to have NO religion.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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I'm surprised to see you type that. It's definitely a problem. My niece and nephews have been subjected to what Christians would call 'persecution' for years because their dad's job took them to a corner of the country where you introduce yourself by saying "What church do you go to?" They get serious, serious flak for having no special religious beliefs. It's no different from my great-grandparents, who met because they both attended a Presbyterian church as a covering tactic -- he had to hide the fact that he was Jew, and she was hiding her Catholicism.

In this country we've made it to the point that you can have freedom of religion, but you're not free to have NO religion.
It was always my understanding that people who travel to other countries, i.e., Americans for example, were protected by international agreements that if they are suspected of breaking the laws of the host country, they would be prosecuted using the laws of the US, and probably even have a US legal rep.

So is the point here that we don't have this explicit right here in the US, or that we can't expect it elsewhere?

This is news to me; haven't been following the subject. One more thing for me to be outraged by. Unfortunately, I'm runnin' on empty in that category... and my attentions are elsewhere.

Good to know about this, however.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:42 PM
 
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There are actually laws prohibiting blasphemy? Goddammit!
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