Thursday, 14 August 2008

Johann Hari: We have a new blasphemy law, enforced by fear of Islamism

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Writing in today's Independent, Johann Hari argues that, just as we've banished the old Christian blasphemy law from the British statute books, the West has tied itself with a new blasphemy law relating to Islam, enforced not by legislation but by a lingering fear of Islamist violence reinforced by terrorism and events such as the Rushdie affair and the Danish cartoons controversy.

He argues that it was the courage of people to question the tenets of Christianity that loosened that religion's grip on society and forced it to reform, and that only similar criticism can lead Islam to do the same.

3 comments:

AT said...

'...that forced that loosened that religion's grip on society and forced it to reform...'

Sloppy editing just undermines the point of the article.

Anonymous said...

After society cuts itself loose from its mooring on the Bible, it opens itself up to anything, and this is what it gets.

Anonymous said...

"at": get a life.