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as the fundies would have us believe. All religious and cultural traditions evolve; popular practices diverge from official doctrine (portrayal of the prophet is widespread in Iran for example).  For leftie commentators to pontificate from a position of ignorance (95% of muslims think it's blasphemous) is just a wee bit presumptuous and patronising.

Whether any particular act or opinion is blasphemous or not, with respect to any particular religion or belief, is up to the believers to decide, obviously. But by definition, that definition can only concern believers. I can not blaspheme against Islam, because I am not a Muslim.

I respect religious beliefs and religious freedoms. They concern the private domain. I will refrain from farting in church, if the church deems that blasphemous; likewise, I promise not to draw pictures of Mahomet in a mosque.

It's not for European governments to decide what is permitted or forbidden within any given religion, obviously. And for European governments to start enforcing religiously-based bans, so soon after having escaped Christian censorship, would not be a good look.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:59:04 AM EST
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