Blasphemy Laws as a Challenge to Religious Freedom

April 20, 2016

On April 20, 2016, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a conference to explore an emerging and urgent challenge to religious freedom: blasphemy laws. Although they are ostensibly intended to protect majority religions from criticism, these laws can in fact harm the majority religion and broader society by discriminating against disfavored members of the majority, oppressing and alienating minorities, and allowing extremists to dominate the discourse about religion.

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