The Economist: Blasphemy laws are quietly vanishing in liberal democracies


Jacob Mchangama, a Danish lawyer who has chronicled the history of free speech in the West, says this loose language is a lamentable regression for a part of the world that spawned the Enlightenment. “It’s quite ironic that the ECHR should emerge as the last defender of [de facto]blasphemy bans in a continent where brave philosophers were persecuted for violating religious dogmas. The court should be the guardian of the rights which those philosophers pioneered.”

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