The World Should Have No Place for Blasphemy Laws

The World Should Have No Place for Blasphemy Laws
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Government restrictions on religion around the world have reached the highest point in the past 11 years, as revealed in the Pew Research Center's annual report on religious freedom released last week. A global trend of government policies impeding individuals' peaceful expression of their faith is disturbing, and it ought to motivate advocates of free speech and religious freedom to action.

Blasphemy laws are widespread across much of the world and are an invasive means by which governments restrict religious expression. Repealing these laws must be a primary focus of human rights advocates everywhere.

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