Blasphemy law will be scrapped

Blasphemy will be removed from the statute books following a majority vote in the upper house of parliament on Tuesday.

However, a second motion was voted through which allows for another law to be found which can be adjusted to protect people from serious insult to their religion, the Nos reports.

Last week, the coalition partners Labour and Liberal VVD said they had doubts about plans to scrap the blasphemy law. During last week’s debate in the upper house of parliament, Labour senator Nico Schrijver questioned whether scrapping the blasphemy laws would offer minorities sufficient protection against their religious sensibilities being hurt.

And VVD senator Heleen Depuis said if Christians feel threatened by blasphemy then you can reason that their freedom of religion is being compromised and the legislation should stay.

The coalition government has recently agreed to work together more closely with the minor religious parties ChristenUnie and SGP to ensure majority support for its economic policies. Both parties are strongly opposed to ending the ban on blasphemy.

Blasphemy has been on the statute books since 1932.


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