Saudi Arabia urging all countries in the world to implement a global blasphemy law.
According to media reports, Saudi Arabia is calling upon all countries to chalk out and implement a worldwide blasphemy law. This international blasphemy law will criminalize any act that insults or defames any of the religious beliefs and symbols of all faiths.
In this regard, Director for external relations at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs for the kingdom Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, adds religious abuse raises intolerance, extremism and human rights violations right the way through the world.
“We have made it clear that freedom of expression without limits or restrictions would lead to violation and abuse of religious rights,” he adds, “This requires every nation to intensify efforts to criminalize insulting heavenly religions, prophets, holy books, religious symbols and places of worship.”
As per current laws Saudi Arabia itself has profound restrictions on freedom of speech, including the death penalty quitting Islam, for committing blasphemy, witchcraft and sorcery. Moreover, Saudi Kingdom’s constitution eyes atheism as terrorism.
According to a list of countries where Christians are persecuted the most; Saudi Arabia ranks as number 12th. The Saudi religious police time and again raids house churches, hooks people who were formerly Muslims but converted to Christianity.
While reflecting on the idea of global anti-blasphemy law, Ted Nettleton – Director of media relations at the Voice of the Martyrs, says, “What Christians call evangelism is often called blasphemy under such restrictive laws. Liberty – loving people everywhere and of all faiths should firmly stand against the spread of blasphemy laws, and work toward the repeal of such laws in places where they already exist.”