A new report from Humanists International warns that blasphemy or apostasy is a crime in over 80 countries, and in 13 of these countries, the punishment for violating laws against insulting religion or living a non-religious life is death.
“There are legal restrictions against expressing blasphemy, defaming or insulting religion or religious beliefs, or offending religious feelings in dozens of countries,” the Freedom of Thought Report states.
In a preface to this year’s report, Andrew Copson of Humanists International comments, “This year’s Report provides evidence of clear and systematic discrimination against humanists and non-religious people, and this discrimination is most prevalent in countries with less state secularism. State secularism appears to be a prerequisite for the full enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief.”
According to the report, only 4% of human beings live under a truly secular government.
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