Blasphemy and hate

Whether in the form of an updated blasphemy law, a broadly interpreted hate speech law, or a law directly aimed at preventing insult to religious beliefs or practices, there continues to be some support for a ban on the ridicule or intemperate criticism of religion, in order to protect religious believers from insult to their deepest convictions. A ban on such criticism may be seen as a middle position that recognizes that religious adherence is both a personal commitment to certain truths that must be open to debate and criticism, but also a cultural identity that should be treated with respect. This middle ground, however, is unworkable for several reasons.