Blasphemy in an Age of Corroding Secularity

Jasper Doomen*

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‘Sacred’ may be defined in various ways, depending on one’s worldview. In a pluralistic society, a single perspective from which to decide what is sacred seems absent. Yet certain elements are taken to be sacred such that they transcend individual worldviews. Their inviolability entails blasphemy laws, where ‘blasphemy’ extends beyond what is traditionally considered religious, since ‘religion’ itself is not clearly demarcated either. The interests of the sacred may be protected by blasphemy laws, but the downside of such laws is that the freedom of expression is compromised. A balanced view is necessary to accommodate these conflicting interests.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalLaw and Critique
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jun 2020


  • Blasphemy
  • Constitutional law
  • Freedom of expression
  • Sacred

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