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Why we must combat blasphemy laws - Michael Nugent at European Atheist Conference in Cologne

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Published on May 28, 2012

Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, speaking at the 2012 European Atheist Conference in Cologne, Germany, organized by IBKA and Atheist Alliance International.

He argues that to campaign against blasphemy laws is central to the campaign for secularism; that blasphemy laws are silly in western democracies and dangerous in Islamic states; and that western states should not placate attempts to silence freedom of expression.

He outlines current examples of blasphemy and apostasy cases that people should campaign on; outlines the history of how blasphemy laws evolved; and describes the battle about blasphemy laws at the United Nations between Islamic states and western democracies.
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