Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Christian Science Monitor: "Blasphemy riots: less about theology, more about power plays"


But Ms. Shea, co-author of the 2011 book Silenced: How Apostasy & Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, argues that trying to protect all citizens’ religious sentiments from offense negates freedom of speech.Such restrictions also often fail to deliver on promises that they will bring social harmony, she adds, and instead creates resentments that people didn’t even know they had.“It just feeds the sense of outrage,” she says. “The societies are constantly roiled by extremists … that are constantly pointing at this person or that person, this offense and that offense.”