Action Alert

Blasphemy is a victimless crime!

Urge your representative to support blasphemy rights

Please call or write your U.S. representative asking him or her to sponsor House Resolution 349, which condemns that ultimate victimless crime: blasphemy.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, we commemorate International Blasphemy Rights Day — a day to promote freedom of belief, thought and expression. Join other freethinkers in standing in solidarity with religious minorities, “nones” and dissidents abroad who are persecuted for challenging religious conventions and authorities.

Blasphemy is a criminal offense in 43 countries and is considered a capital offense in six countries in which those convicted can be sentenced to death. It’s been found that blasphemy laws are on the books in one-third of all countries in the world. (The photo adjacent is from the 1980s, showing FFRF's reaction to the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie.)

When blasphemy laws are invoked, they establish a particular sect and suppress the free exercise of religion. These laws shackle an entire people under the mental slavery of one religion. They have no place in a modern, enlightened state, even if they are not typically enforced. Their very existence is an insult to human dignity and intelligence and they need to be abolished.

That’s why we’re asking you to urge your representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 349, introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. The bill denounces blasphemy laws and calls on the president and the secretary of state to “make the repeal of blasphemy, heresy, or apostasy laws a priority in the bilateral relationships of the United States with all countries that have such laws.”

Every human being, no matter where they live, deserves to have the freedoms of thought, speech, and religion protected. Our secular nation must use its right of free speech to be a vocal proponent for oppressed religious minorities and nonbelievers across the globe. Please use your power of speech by urging your U.S. representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 349 today!

Before contacting your representative you might wish to read up on FFRF’s Blasphemy FAQ.

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