Those days are gone….

Injured souls religious values and feelings must be protected, offenders prosecuted. (BCF)

Ayatollah Schick calls for blasphemy laws

BCF wants to know if this guy is the dumbest bishop in Germany. Is he?

A Catholic bishop has called for a blasphemy law in Germany, saying all religions deserved legal protection from attack in order to preserve human dignity. 

“Those who injure the souls of believers with scorn and derision must be put in their place and in some cases also punished,” said Bamberg Archbishop Ludwig Schick on Wednesday.

He said there should be a “Law against the derision of religious values and feelings,” the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The paper said that German law only criminalises attacks on faith if it threatens to create a breach of the peace.

Satire magazine Titanic raised the topic of blasphemy and respect for religion last month after publishing an image of Pope Benedict with a yellow stain on his cassock in reference to the Vatican leaks scandal.

The Pope took legal action which succeeded in banning further printing of the image, although copies of the magazine already published were not removed from sale. Yet his legal argument was based on his personal rights rather than any protection of religion.

A spokesman for the bishop told the paper his comments were not linked to theTitanic incident specifically, but were part of a discussion that had been going on for some time.

But the idea of a blasphemy law was slammed by the Green Party, whose parliamentary leader Volker Beck said satire and irony could not be banned.

“Bishop Schick obviously feels motivated to move against democratic rights to freedom,” he said.

He said that ironic or satirical statements might not be popular among those targeted, but they could not be forbidden.

“Believers do not need any greater criminal legal protection against defamation, slander and attack than other social groups,” he said.

Respect for other religions and views should be encouraged socially, not ordered legally he said.

The Local/hc

5 thoughts on “Those days are gone….”

  1. Interesting to note that he, representative of the dominant belief-system, which is also the state religion, demands that ‘all religions deserve legal protection’- which means that Islam is already more protected than the Catholic church.

    Islam is not a recognized religion in Germany, although some Red-Green governed states are desperately trying to kowtow to Islam, with horrific results.

  2. ” all religions deserved legal protection from attack in order to preserve human dignity. ”
    Nope, Humans deserve legal protection from attack in order to preserve human dignity,l which they do not appear to be getting given the RC priests’ track-record.

    Religions just get richer and deserve nothing for lying and cheating and torturing and raping for centuries. If we are no longer allowed to call them on their crimes – we might as well shoot them (shooting ourselves would be counter-productive).

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