Finland needs to do the same and quickly….
Denmark revokes 334-year-old blasphemy law
Danish lawmakers on Friday repealed a centuries-old blasphemy law which forbid public insults of a religion, such as the burning of holy books like the Qur’an, cementing the country’s attachment to freedom of expression.
Only a handful of blasphemy trials have taken place in the past 80 years, and several high-profile cases have been dropped, including the caricature of the prophet Mohammed published in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005.
Predominantly Lutheran but also fiercely secular, Denmark was the only Scandinavian nation with a blasphemy law, which called for up to four months in prison upon conviction, but also just fines in many cases.
Lawmakers who wanted to repeal the law introduced in 1683 “do not believe that there should be special rules protecting religions against expressions”, the parliament said on its website.
But remarks and acts that threaten or demean certain groups of people because of their religious beliefs will still be punishable.
“Religion should not dictate what is allowed and what is forbidden to say publicly,” Bruno Jerup, an MP who proposed to repeal the law, was quoted as saying by Jyllands-Posten.
“It gives religion a totally unfair priority in society,” he said.