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Liberal VVD ensure majority support for scrapping blasphemy laws

Wednesday 28 November 2012

There is now majority support in parliament for an end to the ban on blasphemy because VVD Liberal MPs have thrown their weight behind the plan.

The VVD refused to support efforts to lift the ban during the life of the previous government in order not to upset the fundamentalist Christian group SGP, whose support was needed in the upper house of parliament.

The D66 Liberals and Socialist party have drawn up a private members bill to have the blasphemy laws scrapped from the statute books, news agency ANP reports. This is a 'milestone in terms of criminal law', a spokesman for D66 said.

The blasphemy legislation dates from the 1930s.

The SGP said the decision to remove the ban on blasphemy is a 'painful loss of a moral anchor and a symptom of a spiritual crisis'. The party believes the Netherlands should be governed according to Biblical principles and has three seats in the lower house of parliament.

Should we retain the blasphemy laws? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

For those of us who do not believe in gods, blasphemy doesn't exist. So the laws don't make sense. It's like trying to have a law that makes "evil" illegal.

By Marie | 28 November 2012 8:51 AM

No blasphemy laws, but just a little more tolerance, together with politeness and consideration for others...

By Graham | 28 November 2012 9:23 AM

Frankly, I don't think I know enough about these laws to make a "twitter" judgement. If you provide some background on these laws, it might make sense for people to voice an opinion. However, as an outsider (i.e., expat), I don't think I am qualified to make any judgements on this.

By Ron | 28 November 2012 10:39 AM

eh growing up in a country that religion rules, being in Holland now.. I want any religious rules out.. anything that has to do with religion out of the judicial system and constitution...

By T | 28 November 2012 10:43 AM

English needs to stop referring to VVD as 'liberal'. Thanks

By bruce | 28 November 2012 11:35 AM

I have to agree with SGP. I also agree with Graham.The whole world is lacking in morals and needs more tolerance, politeness and considerations for others.

By dee | 28 November 2012 12:38 PM

Christ on a bike! Do the Dutch still have blasphemy laws?

By Jesus | 28 November 2012 1:01 PM

Or like passing a law that says that the value of pi shall be 3.0. Oh, wait a minute, that was done once in the US ...

By Richard | 28 November 2012 3:52 PM

Seriously? VVD is being more worried about religious inquisition instead of the deteriorating Dutch economics? Call me impatient but where is this waiver policy on income tax you promised before raising BTW?

By KDY | 28 November 2012 5:21 PM

Keep the Blasphemy laws, We as Christians do not believe in gods but in the One and only God who created all things, as Christians we have been pushed aside in so many ways, while the only thing we want is to love God above all and our neighbors as ourselves, and about the laws against evil, well, they are already in place in most cases. Don't steal, don't kill, don't envy etc. those are morals, when we lose these morals, the world will be unlivable.

By vera | 28 November 2012 7:49 PM

It ist good to have respect before God, even not each individual believes in him. Good, if the law until now has not been broken (which I don't really believe).
An anti blsphemy law in a christian country is handeled different than in many muslim countries. We see that chritians believe in a great allmighty God that has lots of tolerance.
God bless the netherlands!

By munichan | 29 November 2012 8:14 PM

End these laws, but be tolerantt against beliefs which also include atheism.

By Jens | 29 November 2012 8:50 PM

The law should require any charge of blasphemy to be filed by God himself. If God doesn't complain, it's not blasphemy.

By Nobo | 2 December 2012 1:32 AM

Atheism is not a belief, it is a disbelief.

By spencer fildes | 2 December 2012 8:36 PM

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