Article 14.1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights…
“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”
From the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as…
“someone who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality.”
May I suggest that if Asia Bibi doesn’t fit these requirements, then no-one does. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime Update #2”
Proof positive that the ‘crime’ of blasphemy has nothing to do with ‘god,’ Allah, Zeus, Thor or any other imaginary friend that has never existed. The ‘crime’ of blasphemy is all about the demands of religious fascists that their ideology not be subject to criticism of any kind.
In my previous post, I expressed concern that a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights has apparently raised the rights of religious people not to have their feelings hurt above freedom of speech. The particular case involved an Austrian woman who had referred to Muhammad of Mecca’s ‘marriage’ to six year old Aisha as “akin to paedophilia.” Whilst I took issue with the deliberately provocative use of the emotive word “paedophilia,” I suggested that the freedom to criticise any ideology trumps the feelings of believers. I went further and, quoting only Islamic sources, showed that Muhammad was 51 when he married Aisha when she was six and that the Koran contains instructions for marrying and divorcing prepubescent girls. I drew no conclusions but left readers to make up their own minds.
Which brings me to the case of Asia Bibi. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime Update”
Criticising (some) religious beliefs is wrong. Apparently
From the Guardian…
“Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a ‘medieval’ ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum. . . . It has been over 150 years since anyone was prosecuted for blasphemy in Ireland.”
Nothing to disagree with there. However, search the Guardian in vain for another ‘blasphemy’ story…
“The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has set a dangerous precedent in a new judgment about Austria declaring that free speech can be legitimately restricted if it causes ‘offence’ to ‘at least one’ religious adherent.”
Double standards? Perish the thought. Continue reading “Return Of A Victimless Crime”