TED Conversations

Obey No1kinobe

TEDCRED 100+

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

Should blasphemy be outlawed by the UN?

Some Islamic countries are pushing for ''international legal regulations against attacks on what people deem sacred''

http://www.smh.com.au/world/blasphemy-campaign-threatens-to-derail-un-20120925-26jh5.html

Essentially this is making protection from blasphemy a human right. Making it a right not to be offended by someone critiquing or mocking your religious views.

Essentially, if you hold genital mutilation of children sacred or any other harmful religious belief sacred it is proposed to make it illegal to condemn this.

I hope Australia does not sign this.

What a clash of values. What a clash of civilisations. Western enlightenment values versus medieval religion.

I suggest most human rights are human constructs that are granted rather than intrinsic. They aim t improve the human condition. Also none are absolute. The most difficult ethical issues often involve a clash of rights or values. Freedom of religion to lock up women versus equal rights and freedom of movement. Freedom of speech versus slander and liable.

I support individual freedom of religion up to the point it harms other people or when people try and force their religious taboos on others who do not believe. If there is a secular argument in parallel fair enough.

I suggest the world is better off allowing blasphemy, allowing religion and theocracies to be criticised or mocked. While I don't see the point of mindless provocative put downs, religion should not be off limits.

Perhaps the trickiest aspect is where the comments have a rascist aspect to them.

Isn't it interesting how freedom from religious insult is now being positioned by some alongside the right to life, freedom from slavery (what if slavery is sanctioned by your religion?), freedom from torture, equality before the law.

Freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief (not in some religions),

Freedom of opinion and expression - not if this gets up.

What do you think

+2
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Sep 29 2012: Stopping blasphemy via UN would not be a game changer, it may even increase the gap between the communities.
    The more fundamental problem is that the attachment towards ones religion and not listening to the outside world. Every religion has an extent of extremism. The extent of which it is executed puts the society at unease. May be one can think this problem as a mere lack of understanding the reality on either sides. There could be a solution which can only be achieved by trust from either sides.

    Having said this, in my opinion, any council/UN are no where near solving these issues. History had repeatedly taught that by force/power one can only lead to change in a policy of the government but not the people within. Lets put our efforts in regaining trust among us, so that we listen each other with some peace of mind(not with ears) and respect each other for a better world.
    • thumb
      Sep 30 2012: I think you are onto something.

      If we worked out the political and economic issues we might make more progress.

      To me the call for blasphemy is almost like a deliberate effort to highlight that we don't share the same values or that the un is subject to the infidels. Which is kind of true.

      The security council voted to give half of Palestine to the Jews. Stupid.

      There are no Muslim nations permanent members of the security council. Which I'm not sure is a bad thing. It might make a flawed group worse.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.