Blasphemy and Related Laws (Censorship)

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.

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