By James Haught James Haught is editor of West Virginia’s largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette, and a senior editor of Free Inquiry. He is 87-years-old and would like to help secular causes more. This series is a way of giving back, as he opens in No Qualms (Ed., published on 2018, July 18, i.e., when … Continue reading
By Scott Douglas Jacobsen — According to Religion News, the case – known to several readers here – of Asia Bibi hit some of the news once more. Some secular Canadians took intrigue at this case because of the reason for the charges against Bibi, who, according to those making the … Continue reading
On Thursday, 13 December, 2018, Canada formally repealed its blasphemy law.
We did it! Today, Canada finally repealed its blasphemy law. Well, technically the Senate voted not to insist on amendments it had put to the House of Commons after MPs voted yesterday to reject those amendments. But that’s the parliamentary wrangling you can read on Hansard.
Blasphemy is a victimless crime, goes the meme. But as is so common with such pithy statements, things are a lot more complicated in reality.