PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Bergie
 
Comments: 70
Article views: 597
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Bergie's badges.
 

Should Blasphemy be Criminalised?

28 September 2012, 07:35

An article appeared on Thursday suggesting that we make blasphemy illegal. It was written by a Muslim, Mohamed Saeed, but could easily have been written by the Thought Police.


He does raise some pertinent points, such as the Kate Middleton topless pics being banned in France, but not cartoons of the Prophet.


I say publish the pics of Kate and publish the cartoons as well. If a religion is not able to withstand a mere cartoon, then it is too scared to face up to scrutiny (which to me implies that it has something to hide). 


In his article, Mohamed says 


“Just like other religions, cultures and creeds, Islam also commands its followers to respect and treat fairly their neighbours, friends, family and fellow citizens, regardless of race or religious affiliation. We are all siblings in religion.”


I wonder if Christianity is treated with the respect in Saudia Arabia? Or Iran? Or Syria?

Muslims are free to practice their religion in the hated USA, England and France, but woe betide any Christian wanting to practice theirs in Islamia!


Bear this in mind when you read Mohamed’s next comment:


“Do we hear of Muslim caricaturing figureheads of other religions or producing films denigrating the life of a beloved personality outside of Islam?.”


No, but we do hear of other religions being persecuted in Islamia, they just haven’t made a movie about it yet. Perhaps after Iran follows through on its threat to obliterate Israel there will be a movie to show?


And talking of Muslim respect for ‘family’ lets touch on the treatment of women in Islamia. Or would you rather we didn’t go there?  I am still reeling from reading about a 15 year old girl being lashed 100 times as sanctioned by the clerics in Afghanistan for the crime of being raped. I would hate to know what goes down in Saudia Arabia.


Before we ban blasphemy, I suggest Muslim nations first ban cruelty to women and other religions, then we can talk. 


And if we were to ban blasphemy, there would have to be a few concessions.


Like the banning of church bells and the Muslim ‘Call to prayer’. Unfortunately it infringes on my right not to hear it, especially if I am hungover.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
70 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kelvin Esiasa167
Social Injustices should be curbe...

I am writing this article at the backdrop of calamities that have been taking places around the globe and the South African xenophobia is one such an example Read more...

2 comments 14 views
Submitted by
Magda_Kus
Stop Hate/ Xenophobia/ Racism - I...

If you were driving past a scene of an accident, with no emergency services in sight, would you carry on driving saying "I did not cause that accident!" Read more...

1 comments 44 views
Submitted by
Puff
Bloodlust

This man had a mother. A father. He was perhaps a brother, a friend, a lover. This man had a purpose. He had a dream. He had a life. He had laughter and love and hope waiting for him. Read more...

4 comments 509 views
Submitted by
Andre Colling
The Saudis, Iran, Yemen and a bad...

Many conclude that Yemen is yet another step towards the cataclysmic sectarian war and , quite possibly, the trigger that leads the region to this ultimate battle. I, for one, can find no reason not to hold a similar position. Read more...

2 comments 481 views
Submitted by
Elaine Bing
Roots of xenophobia and genocide

We don’t want to live in a country that harms others and we need to all take on the responsibility of preventing further violence. Read more...

26 comments 348 views
Submitted by
AfricaMusings
The past month and what it (possi...

The shocking and quite frankly disturbing news coming out of South Africa recently cuts deep. Xenophobia has reared its ugly head again. Read more...

4 comments 848 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.