American Atheists Joins Letter Calling for End to Blasphemy Laws

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today announced that it has joined the American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, Secular Coalition for America, and a host of other secularist and atheist organizations to urge members of Congress to co-sponsor a resolution introduced by Reps. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) calling upon the President and the U.S. Department of State to make the repeal of blasphemy laws internationally a priority.

Quoting from the letter: “In addition, this resolution encourages the President and State Department to oppose any efforts at the United Nations or other international forum to create and international anti-blasphemy norm, or attempts to expand the international norm on incitement to include blasphemy or defamation of religions.”

American Atheists strongly supports the fundamental human right to free speech and free expression. An essential component of these freedoms is the ability to criticize religious beliefs, particularly when those religious beliefs are closely tied to the actions of a government. Too often, laws criminalizing “blasphemy” are used to silence critics of already repressive regimes.

The full text of the letter is available here [pdf].


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  • Jonathan Blake

    Yea what the hell are the six of you going to do. Go crawl back in the whole you came out of.

    • Sean Nolan

      What has that got to do with anything?

    • Jonathan Blake

      Good call an end to blasphemy laws you six or seven godless people will get nowhere. I’ve got to spell everything out for you.

      • Sean Nolan

        Us ‘godless’ people, as you so eloquently put it, are in fact on the rise. You bigoted, intolerant people who cannot think for yourself will soon be in the minority and then disappear altogether.

        • Jonathan Blake

          Dream on.

          • Sean Nolan

            Yes dream on. More and more people are becoming disillusioned with religion. Statistics prove that more and more people no longer associate themselves with a religion.

          • Stanley B. Manley

            I’ve been on the planet for 72 years and I’ve witnessed the steady rise of secularism in this country and around the world. It’s not a dream, it’s actually happening.

  • Frankie D

    There are many more than 6 or 7 people in this country and around the world who are tired of self-anointed holier-than-thous bullying everyone. Just as it is a fundamental right for anyone to believe in God or Jesus or Thor or the Tooth Fairy, it is also a fundamental right NOT to believe in them. Religion is a choice, after all, and no one is born believing in anything.

    Right now anyone in the world can criticize atheists without fear of a corrupt government punishing them. Those who don’t believe in any god should have that same right to criticize those who do. Anyone who believes otherwise is simply a bully, and typical of any bully, you can give it but you can’t take it. Any religion that can’t stand criticism really doesn’t stand for anything but it’s own self-perpetuation and doesn’t deserve to stand at all.

  • Insanity_Claus

    I have seen the videos of the Islamic bloggers would spend decades in jail, and are brought out regularly to be whipped in public. They spectators praise God during this horrible act. Anything we can do to stop this is worth it.

  • tabright

    I’ve been trying to find any lawsuit brought by an atheist or secular organization against Muslim activity/teaching in schools here in the U.S. Could someone help me please? It’s a very interesting topic as there are quite a few posts about Islamic fundamentals being taught in public schools, whereas Christian or Jewish fundamentals are not. Thank you kindly for any information.

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