Blasfemie in de huidige context

Translated title of the contribution: Blasphemy in the current context

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In this article, we inquire the merits of criminalizing blasphemy. We argue that religious views do not warrant a separate treatment compared to nonreligious ones. In addition, freedom of speech must be balanced against the interest of those who may be aggrieved by blasphemous remarks. We conclude that penalizing blasphemy is undesirable. It is fortunate, in that light, that acts of blasphemy have recently been decriminalized in The Netherlands by removing blasphemy as an offense from the Criminal Code. Still, other provisions appear to leave enough room to reach the same result, making the removal a possibly virtually aesthetic change. In the international context, it would be regrettable for The Netherlands to forgo the opportunity to take a leading role
Translated title of the contributionBlasphemy in the current context
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalNetherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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