Nov 19, 2012

Blasphemy Laws & Religious Freedom

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Becket Fund attorney Asma Uddin will speak at Temple University School of Law on blasphemy laws in Pakistan and Indonesia as well as their global counterpart, the U.N. Defamation of Religions Resolution.

She will outline some of the reasons blasphemy laws are upheld by Indonesian and Pakistani courts, and why these courts’ rationale is deeply flawed. She will also explain the history of the U.N. Resolution and the religious freedom arguments against it.

Sponsored by the Federalist Society, the event will take place at noon, Monday, November 19th. For more information visit Temple University’s website or contact Stevie Beller at sbeller@temple.edu

The Becket Fund opposes blasphemy laws around the world. The state should not have the power to determine religious truth, and such laws stifle religious expression and allow powerful majorities to oppress weaker minorities. For the same reasons, The Becket Fund opposes religious defamation laws, which give legal cover to oppressive blasphemy statutes.

In the photo: A man holds a picture of Shahbaz Bhatti, a high ranking Pakistani politician who was assassinated in 2008 for his outspoken criticism of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. — Asianet-Pakistan / Shutterstock.com