The shameful and despicable double standards practiced in the west is the crux of the problem. To give just an example, in several European jurisdictions criticizing the holocaust is a punishable crime and yet criticizing and caricaturing the prophet of 1.6 billion Muslims is fair game. The analogy that I can draw is that of a child knowingly committing a mischief and running to mommy because it seeks safety and refuge under her skirt. By invoking freedom of speech you want to hide under a similar skirt.
On January 7-9, 2015 three terrorists attacks took place in Paris, France. France went through three days of terror first off, a gunmen attacked Charlie Hebdo offices, then a policewoman killed, and Printworks Siege. Surprisingly all of these three attacks are linked to blasphemy of Islamic symbols by the creators of Charlie Hebdo. Blasphemy is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things. The victims’ families of the attack in Charlie Hebdo offices assured that they followed self-censorship.
From a religious perspective, the greatest harm of blasphemy is violating what’s sacred for them, which applies to all religions .
I have no objection with freedom of speech, but certainly if something is sacred for someone else, everyone should be able to rethink before saying something that can be consider offensive, and practice tolerance. On the other hand, if you say something offensive, the other party should also be tolerant, and do not take extreme decisions such as killing you. We all deserve to be treated with respect, no matter what religion or ideology you follow, but that does not mean that blasphemy should be illegal.
Blasphemy shouldn't be illegal, because it attempts against freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is based on the right of expressing your thoughts or ideas even if others don’t agree with you. This group of people assure that self-censorship is the only solution, because people can’t just be arrested because they drew Prophet Muhammad or any other religious icon doing something offensive.
I have observed that blasphemy shouldn't be illegal; because at the end, we live in a world where the church is separated from the government. We have no right to impose our opinion on others. We all have the right to believe and not to believe anything we want. So, no, blasphemy shouldn't be illegal whatsoever.
Belief or unbelief is frequently involuntary.
Any statement of belief or unbelief concerning spiritual matters is likely to be offensive or blasphemous to one holding different spiritual beliefs.
Personal belief or unbelief or the expression of either should never be a matter of civil or criminal law or the business of government.
Because thinking should never be a crime. Is religion anyone else's business than the person with faith. In theory the thoughts of rival religions become blasphemous to each other. Which leads me to the point of my objection... Just get rid of all religions, tax churches as businesses. End of.
We do not live in a theocracy, we live in a government where church and state are separated. We can't impose our views on others and punish them for disagreeing. The church is, God is not real and the theologians who believe otherwise are insane, and there proof is laughable. A small but of critical thinking will enable one to easily answer this question.
Blasphemy is a religious tenet, not a civil one. Blasphemy shouldn't be banned at all in the case of separation of church and state in democratic countries. If countries are theocracies, go for it. In a free society, citizens have the right to express themselves however they see fit as long as no one else is harmed.
What people think of God, or of organized religion is their own business, nobody elses'. If they wish to "blaspheme" it, they have that right just as much as those who choose to believe in it. We are not in the Christian Dark Ages anymore where religion wields so much control that it can tell you what to think in that way, or at least we shouldn't be. People should be free to believe or not believe anything they want, no matter what others may think of that. So no, blasphemy should not be criminalized whatsoever.
I believe that free speech should be protected, unless it presents an immediate danger to others (for example, yelling "fire!" in a crowded theater). Blasphemy does not do that. It may offend some that their god can be mocked by others, but even most zealous believers have to admit that His existence a matter of faith.
For those who have such strong faith, they should take comfort in knowing that their omnipotent being should be able to handle himself without the help of our judicial system.