The Economist: “Spiritual blackmail” in politics may be undesirable, but outlawing it is hard


Jacob Mchangama, a secular-minded Danish civil-rights lawyer who monitors free-speech restrictions, notes:

“Democracies do have compelling reasons to prevent the establishment of deep parallel societies guided by illiberal norms operating without accountability. However freedom of expression and religion must also protect a religious authority’s political statements, and “threats” about consequences in the after-life must be clearly distinguished from actual threats of violence or the like.”

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