One of the biggest threats to international religious freedom is also a biblical commandment

Source: Deseret News


SALT LAKE CITY — In August, “The Book of Mormon” came to Salt Lake City for the second time in three years, bringing its irreverent depiction of Mormon missionaries to a theater just a few blocks from the worldwide headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The show was “back by popular demand” in a city where many residents object to its message, a phenomenon that illustrates Americans’ ability to stomach insults aimed at their faith, said Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

“Here you have a wildly successful dramatic production that clearly ridicules and defames the founding prophet of a significant faith community,” she said. “And yet because of our robust religious freedom protections in the U.S., I don’t think there are many if any LDS Church members who have thought it should be their right to shut down this production.”

In many other places, the show could not have gone on. More than one-third of the world’s countries criminalize blasphemy, or speaking ill of sacred things, according to a July 2017 report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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  1. Policymakers may also defend blasphemy laws by referencing their constituents’ support for them, ===
    The policymaker cannot reject the blasphemy laws in democratic seculare. The extremist have the right to express their voice.

    From my view.
    The best solution is UN demand Saudi Arabia and Al Zhar in Egypt that has the authority to declair what is right and what is wrong with Islamic teaching.

    If Saudi Arabia can do it, I believe other Islamic countries will follow it.

    With ❤️

  2. I don’t understand why anyone has to mock or disrespect someone else’s religion or faith. It’s a mutual, personal understanding and a courtesy that we should extend to others as we expect it from them.

    • God already described that The extremist’s behavior are:
      1. Deceive his followers and bring disaster on them

      2. His utter hurt other people and slander too

      There is no love in his heart only hatred.

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