The Dutch cabinet gave the nod Friday to a bid to scrap a legal ban on blasphemy, opting to expand hate speech beyond religious boundaries to include all groups of people. “The cabinet gives the prohibition of blasphemy a new form and place in the law,” said a statement from the justice ministry. “In future, it will be punishable to give serious offence to any group of people. There is no need any more for a separate provision for blasphemy.” The statement said there was no difference between insults aimed against people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation or handicap.
[Article continues at link. The natural and necessary outcome of this solution is its own dissolution. Because while attempting to protect religion as a generic concept it confronts the specifics of religion. Jews have hate speech in their Torah, Christians have hate speech in their Bible, and Muslims have hate speech in their Quran. The Torah commands Jews to kill everyone who isn’t a Jew. The Bible commands Christians to kill everyone who isn’t a Christian. And the Quran commands Muslims to kill everyone who isn’t a Muslim. To enforce this law the Dutch must now ban the Torah, the Bible and the Quran. But of course this won’t happen. What will happen is that the law will be on the books – as clear in its intent as are the Torah, the Bible and the Quran when they command their faithful to kill everyone else – but the law will not be enforced. I do not support hate speech laws and I do not call for the Torah, the Bible and the Quran to be banned. Just the opposite. I encourage everyone to read these books because there is no more sure path to abandoning them as a moral guide than to read what they actually advocate. – Trevor Blake]