The Washington Post notes that it’s International Blasphemy Day via Brandon G. Withrow at Religion News Service.
“God is a lie.”
In some countries, uttering, scribbling or texting that statement will get you thrown in jail, beaten with a rod or possibly killed. The “crime” is blasphemy and Wednesday (Sept. 30) is “International Blasphemy Rights Day,” set aside by human rights activists to highlight the blasphemy laws on the books in 22 percent of the world’s nations, according to the Pew Research Center.
Withrow mentions China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. It could also have mentioned India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sudan…
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“Freedom of conscience is a fundamental right, and it must be valued, protected and advanced everywhere in the world,” says Michael