Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Blasphemy and Related Laws (Censorship)

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Years ago I encountered a description of a statement as being so vile that it made:

…strong men curse and women faint…

The author did not capture the statement and I don’t remember the book with that description. Based on the sexism in the quote, I’m assuming either the work or the time described was late 19th century.


Blasphemy is a possible subject area for such a statement and the Library of Congress has helpfully compiled:

Blasphemy and Related Laws.


This report surveys laws criminalizing blasphemy, defaming religion, harming religious feelings, and similar conduct in 77 jurisdictions. In some instances the report also addresses laws criminalizing proselytization. Laws prohibiting incitement to religious hatred and violence are outside the scope of this report, although in some cases such laws are mentioned where they are closely intertwined with blasphemy. The report focuses mostly on laws at the national level, and while it aims to cover the majority of countries with such laws, it does not purport to be comprehensive.

I recognize not blaspheming in the presence of believers as a social courtesy but the only true blasphemy, in my view, is censorship of the speech of others.

Censorship of blasphemy implies a Deity threatened by human speech. That is a slander of any Deity worthy of worship.

Message of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei To the Youth in Europe and North America

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

#LETTER4U Message of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei To the Youth in Europe and North America

Unlike many news sources I will not attempt to analyze this message from Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

You should read the message for yourself and not rely on the interpretations of others.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s request is an honorable one and should be granted. You will find it an exercise in attempting (one never really succeeds) to understand the context of another. That is one of the key skills in creating topic maps that traverse the contextual boundaries of departments, enterprises, government offices and cultures.

It isn’t easy to stray from one’s own cultural context but even making the effort is worthwhile.