Denmark repeals blasphemy law, Koran burner walks free


View the original article: https://www.rt.com/news/390678-denmarkl-blasphemy-law-repeal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Danish legislators have scrapped the country’s more than 150-years-old blasphemy law, which forbids public insults of a religion, such as the burning of holy books. A man who burned the Koran and was the first person to be charged under the law since 1970s has now walked free.

Denmark’s parliament repealed the controversial law on Friday, with the overwhelming majority of legislators voting for decriminalizing insults toward religion.

“Anyone who publicly destroys or desecrates in this country anything related to lawfully existing religious communities’ doctrines or worships is punished with a fine or imprisonment for up to 4 months,” the now-obsolete clause 140 of Danish penal law stated.

Read more

Danish blasphemy law used for first time in 46 years after man burns Koran

The law had been in place for at least 151 years, according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper, while other sources claim that it has been active in other redactions since 17th century. Denmark was the only Scandinavian country to have a blasphemy law.

“Religion should not dictate what is allowed and what is forbidden to say publicly,” the newspaper cited an MP who proposed to repeal the law, Bruno Jerup, as saying. “It gives religion a completely unreasonable preferential position in society.” 

Despite its longevity, the law was used only a handful of times over the past century.

In 1938, four people were sentenced for displaying anti-Semitic posters and in 1946 two people were fined after acting out a “baptism” at a ball in Copenhagen. Another prosecution attempt came 46 years ago in 1971, when two Denmark Radio producers aired a song mocking Christianity. They were eventually acquitted of all charges.

The law was brought to light earlier this year, when 42-year-old man from northern Jutland posted a video of himself burning a Koran on an anti-Islamic Facebook page dubbed, ‘Yes to freedom – no to Islam.’

“Consider your neighbor: it stinks when it burns,” the man wrote in text accompanying the video.

READ MORE: Teen terrorist: 17yo Danish girl obsessed with jihad convicted of planning to bomb Jewish school

A criminal investigation into the incident has been opened, but with the law scrapped, the charges against the man are to be dropped.

“The legislature decided to repeal the Penal Code blasphemy clause on public mockery or scorn against a religion. Blasphemy was exactly the core of the charges against the 42-year-old. With his actions no longer being a criminal offense we cannot carry out the planned criminal proceedings, which are therefore canceled. The accused will not be punished,” said Attorney General Jan Reckendorff in a statement.

In the same category are

Armchair astronauts: Walk desolate Mars trails with new NASA VR (VIDEO) Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:21Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:22 Wannabe astronauts can now follow in the track prints of the Mars Curiosity Rover an...
Oxbridge admissions create ‘social apartheid, reinforcing entrenched privilege’ – MP Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 15:55 Britain’s elite universities perpetuate a “social apartheid” in Britain, Labour MP David Lammy has said, as new fig...
Tennis star Venus Williams ‘ready to talk’ about fatal car crash Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:28 Multiple Grand Slam holder Venus Williams has reportedly agreed to talk to the lawyers representing the family of J...
US admission on Al-Nusra’s chemical weapons – ‘preemptive move before investigation results’? Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:32 The US' admission Al-Nusra linked militants use chemical weapons in Syria could be an attempt to preempt the invest...
Air Berlin plane blocked from take-off over unpaid bills Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 17:10 An Air Berlin flight was grounded in Reykjavik over the airline's unpaid airport charges. The Icelandic aviation au...
Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline sparks fierce war of words from Warsaw Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 10:01 Officials from Poland have again spoken out against the expansion of the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline from Russ...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story