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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 10:43 PM
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47. OK read here so we discuss facts,2144,1894686,00.htm...

So it shows that those laws if they still exist are not applied

exactly the same than in the US

In the United States, the First Amendment guarantees a relatively unlimited right of free speech, although some US states still have blasphemy laws on the books. Chapter 272 of the Massachusetts General Laws states, for example:

Section 36. Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.

However, the US Supreme Court in Joseph Burstyn, Inc v Wilson 1952 held that the New York State blasphemy law was an unconstitutional prior restraint on freedom of speech. The court stated that "It is not the business of government in our nation to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine, whether they appear in publications, speeches or motion pictures."

But I know that the Muslim fundies want a blasphemy crime written in the Norwegian constitution.


"But the Europeans don't follow our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Shocking, I know."

OK take it easy, even if you are ironic

our Constitutions can be far more elaborated than yours because they have been rewritten those last 220 years (and not by judges, God beware). Most of them incorporate the UN declaration of human rights, which the US doesn't. Compare for example the European RIGHT TO PRIVACY with the "penumbra" of the US constitution...

Have you ever tried to read them ?

Holocaust denial is hate speech. What's wrong in prohibiting hate speech ? OOh I know it's far more important to prohibit the 3 s appearance of a covered nipple at the SuperBowl...

Breasts are evil... but denying the Jews their recent memory is OK ? When every one knows that THIS is used as the recent base of antisemitism...

Please, no lessons, if they were any intended, please
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