Blasphemy Laws & Religious Freedom
Becket has long opposed laws banning speech that is “insulting,” “blaspheming,” or “defaming” to religion. Laws like these not only oppress members of minority faith groups, they also repress dialogue within religious traditions. Below is a list of international religious freedom cases where Becket has appealed to the United Nations, represented a religious group abroad, or made significant contribution to academia on the issue.
- Moving Forward: Religious Defamation and Incitement Laws, Intervention at the Durban Review Conference, United Nations, Geneva (Apr. 23, 2009).
- Racism and Religious Discrimination: Is the Concept of ‘Defamation of Religions’ Productive?, Intervention at the Tenth Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva (Mar. 24, 2009).
- Issues Brief Submitted to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Combating Defamation of Religions (June 2, 2008).
- Statement at the Second Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva (Oct. 4, 2006).
- Lee v. Tam (Free speech) (United States)
- Arkansas Anti-Atheist Law (United States)
- Islamic Council of Victoria v. Catch the Fire Ministries (Australia)
- Chief Constitutional Court Review of the Prevention of Mistreatment of Religion and/or Blasphemy (Indonesia)
- Indonesia’s Blasphemy Act Restricts Free Religious Expression (Huffington Post)
- Indonesia Isn’t as Tolerant as Obama Would Have Us Believe (Washington Post)
- The Terrors of Blasphemy Laws (Becket Blog)
- Free Speech and Public Order Exceptions: A Case for the U.S. Standard,by Asma T. Uddin, 2015 BYU L. Rev. 727 (2016)
- Provocative Speech in French Law: A Closer Look at Charlie Hebdo, by Asma T. Uddin, 11 FIU L. Rev. 189 (2015)
- Public (Dis)order and Public (Im)morality: An Introduction to the Spring 2015 Issue, Rev. of Faith & Int’l Aff. (2015). by Asma T. Uddin, Rev. of Faith & Int’l Aff. (2015)
- The Indonesian Blasphemy Act: A Legal and Social Analysis, by Asma T. Uddin, (2011)
- Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age 223-48, by Christopher S. Grenda et al. eds. (2014)
- Intragroup Discourse on Intragroup Protections in Muslim-Majority Countries, by Asma T.Uddin, 89 Chi.-Kent L Rev (2014)
- Rethinking the “Red Line”: The Intersection of Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change, by Asma T. Uddin, U.S.-Islamic World F. Papers (2013)
- Sharing Lessons on Religious Freedom: U.S. and Muslim-Majority Countries, by Asma T. Uddin, Inst. for Soc. Pol’y & Understanding (2012)
- Religious Freedom Implications of Sharia Implementation in Aceh, Indonesia, by Asma T. Uddin, 7 U. Thomas L.J. 603 (2012)
- Blasphemy Laws in Muslim-Majority Countries, by Asma T. Uddin, Rev. of Faith & Int’l Aff. (2011)
- Bennett Graham, Defamation of Religions, by Bennet Graham, 23 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 69 (2009)