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house Bill H. Res. 512

Should the House Call for the Repeal of Blasphemy, Heresy & Apostasy Laws Around the World?

Argument in favor

Blasphemy, heresy and apostasy laws are tools of religious discrimination and oppression that can pose real risks to religious minorities around the world. In accordance with its tradition of supporting religious freedom at home and abroad, the U.S. should call for these laws’ removal from legal systems around the world. This is a bipartisan issue supported by religious and secular human rights groups alike.

Leslie's Opinion
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12/07/2020
Sounds like the Crusades all over again to me! Why are we dredging up the worst current and historical events (Crusades, Fatwas, Inquisition, McCathyism, Sharia Law, etc) to resurrect?
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Kevinmshea's Opinion
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12/07/2020
Although our country are more than occasional hypocrites on this topic, I do believe complying with the United Nations Humanitarian Rights are the direction that all should good to.
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Dave's Opinion
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12/07/2020
We as a country have in the constitution freedom of religion? Yet we support discrimination of religious beliefs around the world and here in the USA? Sort of a double standard of discrimination, in religion by religionists leaders, which the religions groups push these law, to force there religious belief on others. Government used this position to control the people, we against them and the justification. Another reason why it’s one thing to believe in God, but it another to believe in religion that push their morality in the name of God, which government use to justify discriminate, jails and deaths. I do believe in god, just not man made religion, ran by men with political agendas to maintain greed, power and control. Religion have gave us wars, Crusades, dark ages, Spanish Inquisition, Isis, pedophiles, slavery, deaths and more all in the name of God. You have only three forms of control of the people, religious groups (dictatorship), corporations (dictatorship) and people (democracy), but all are called some form of a government.
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Argument opposed

Although it is true that blasphemy, heresy and apostasy laws are used to discriminate against religious minorities in some countries, that is generally not the case. In most countries, these laws are not enforced despite being on the books. Raising this issue with all countries regardless of their enforcement — or lack thereof — of these laws is a waste of the President’s and State Dept.’s time.

Nick-Papagiorgio's Opinion
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12/07/2020
This would require making a false assumption. That our government has ANY credibility with other countries. Additionally. We should check out the log in our own eye first: some states (Michigan and Massachusetts) still have laws against blasphemy.
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James 's Opinion
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12/07/2020
The pot calling the kettle black, how about the House passing a resolution to condemn itself. Stop trying to manage the rest of the world. Talk about narcissistic behavior!
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Tim's Opinion
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12/07/2020
Don’t involve the U.S. in the affairs of the rest of the world . We need to mind our own business. We have enough of our own problems to worry about.
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    Sounds like the Crusades all over again to me! Why are we dredging up the worst current and historical events (Crusades, Fatwas, Inquisition, McCathyism, Sharia Law, etc) to resurrect?
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    This would require making a false assumption. That our government has ANY credibility with other countries. Additionally. We should check out the log in our own eye first: some states (Michigan and Massachusetts) still have laws against blasphemy.
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    OK, I am all for keeping religious freedom for ALL religions. I do not think that religion should play a role in governance or in the execution of governmental processes. When someone says: ‘I am a Christian, therefore I need to condemn all of those who don’t believe as I do’, I have a problem. I am a Christian and I do not want my ability to practice my beliefs to be suppressed. I also do not want to see Muslims, Hindus, Native American or other religious beliefs suppressed. Everyone is entitled to practice their religious beliefs in their own way so long as they do not interfere with my ability to practice mine - so long as practicing my beliefs does not interfere with someone else’s ability to practice theirs. … … … I really think that our Supreme Court needs to be examined for their recent rulings that congregate settings for religious practices were more important than government’s right to impose reasonable limits on people practicing their congregate beliefs which threatens the very lives of others, the ‘non-believers’, and their own right to ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’. … … … Let’s start here and stop with the ‘holier-then-thou’ hypocrisy.
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    Please! (Eye roll) Stop trying to straighten out the entire neighborhood when you have trouble in your own house. Here is an idea for legislation: Religious rights do NOT supersede citizens’ rights to health & safety!
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    Although our country are more than occasional hypocrites on this topic, I do believe complying with the United Nations Humanitarian Rights are the direction that all should good to.
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    We as a country have in the constitution freedom of religion? Yet we support discrimination of religious beliefs around the world and here in the USA? Sort of a double standard of discrimination, in religion by religionists leaders, which the religions groups push these law, to force there religious belief on others. Government used this position to control the people, we against them and the justification. Another reason why it’s one thing to believe in God, but it another to believe in religion that push their morality in the name of God, which government use to justify discriminate, jails and deaths. I do believe in god, just not man made religion, ran by men with political agendas to maintain greed, power and control. Religion have gave us wars, Crusades, dark ages, Spanish Inquisition, Isis, pedophiles, slavery, deaths and more all in the name of God. You have only three forms of control of the people, religious groups (dictatorship), corporations (dictatorship) and people (democracy), but all are called some form of a government.
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    The pot calling the kettle black, how about the House passing a resolution to condemn itself. Stop trying to manage the rest of the world. Talk about narcissistic behavior!
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    We supposedly have Freedom of Religion here......and there USED to be a Separation of church and State......The "separation" is being more and more eroded with each "conservative" that is put in places of governmental or judicial authority.......Unless the "laws" of certain religions break the laws of the land in which they live.....then, the government should have NO say in those religious "laws" but religious practices such as mutilation of genetalia in young women or say human sacrifice .....yes, the government should step in an uphold the law of the land......THAT is exactly why the "Christans" are trying to infiltrate our government......They want the Government and the people to kow tow to THEIR "beliefs". They want to tell us all how to live but, I bet they don't want to pay taxes!......they want to RUN the government with other people's money.
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    Don’t involve the U.S. in the affairs of the rest of the world . We need to mind our own business. We have enough of our own problems to worry about.
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    No more RED HERRINGS! WE HAVE A PANDEMIC ON OUR HANDS! WE HAVE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES AND THEIR LIVELIHOOD! And we're supposed to worry about how other countries in the world worship or live? LAWMAKERS DO YOUR DAMN JOBS! Get help to the people IN OUR COUNTRY who are suffering from the fallout from this pandemic. Pass a relief bill. Push the vaccine. Stop playing stupid games and help. No we don't need to vote on a new holiday... or a street to be named after (fill in the blank). You are supposed to be our elected officials. DO SOMETHING RELEVANT!
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    Representatives, Support HR 512. Calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws, as amended. It is admittedly a symbolic gesture, but the intent is benevolent, but it is somewhat undermined by the current morally bankrupt and incompetent administration. Thankfully many are getting over the naive notion that a government, even an elected government, truly speaks for all citizens. In fact, it seldom is the case. Once on the books, this law can be the basis for future sanctions. Countries that do not permit freedom of religion and imprison people for holding views outside a given country's "official" religion or state atheism is terrifying, and all civilized persons and countries should denounce such laws and limit dealings with such repressive regimes. Addendum: A Causes poster has stated that in the USA, some states still have Blasphemy Laws on the books. If this is true, those states must act to remove them immediately.
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    This is a tough one. Reads well and maybe at another time in our democracy could work ok. The way Blacks, Asians,Hispanics, American Indians, Muslims have been treated by our federal government and law enforcement these past 4 years would be total hypocrisy to tell other countries how to treat their citizens.
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    @JimK: Once again you are arguing that the Supreme Court should step out of line to accomodate what you think it should be rather than uphold their responsibility to interpret the Constitution. Many of Justices have expressed that they personnally do not agree with all the decisions they make, but it is not their resppnsibility to make laws. As mentioned recently, this is the responsibility of Congress. I am not arguing what you believe, either pro or con, but rather perhaps you should argue what is written in the Constitution. And as far as saying that the states should have the final say when it is a life threatening situation, I ask what states? Restrictions are different from state to state. Not to mention: If you truly believe that Covid-19 is so life threatening, why not argue against the states for allowing any public facility to be opened.
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    As an Atheist, the thought of being punished for my beliefs and lack thereof sounds barbaric. The secular community exists and it is growing every single day. We deserve respect from our government and being censored from free thought is very disrespectful. In the same regards, one could say that speaking against the "devil" would be blasphemy to the Satanists and that would make things very complicated in our society. Blasphemy laws don't just hurt the secular community, they affect all religious sects and political dissidents. Too often, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and other religious minorities are imprisoned, tortured, sentenced to death, and executed for blasphemy offenses. I hope that we can agree that ending global blasphemy laws is the responsible thing to do.
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    It would be a step forward in repairing our damaged reputation globally
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    I definitely believe we need to demand that leaders of a country, be they in the executive or legislative branches, have no business acting as religious police holding the guidelines of any religion up over another. And I believe that the members of our own government should start by not pushing their own religious viewpoints on the American people. Until they have taken the log out of their own eye, they have no business taking the splinter out of their neighbors.
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    Yes, but not alone. The United States should join with its allies all around the world to press for religious freedom and freedom from religion.
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    Stop these stupid waste of time resolutions. The standing of the USA has been severely damaged. This would only go to further anger countries it applies to and make diplomacy more difficult. Let’s worry about our own back yard as sharia law takes it hold here due to the Supreme Court being stacked against the constitution. If we get that right we can be an example. We have meddled in other country’s affairs for too long while neglecting our own inadequacies.
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    You are representatives of the U.S. so how about remembering that and refrain from legislating to the world?
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    The only problem with this is it says ‘GLOBAL’ Ha, we should have no say in what another country does. We have our own to challenges to tend to. Stop being a globalist and get shit straight here, I say. Why do we even look at another’s challenges and think🤔💭 “now how can we better THEIR society”? What kind of a mosey nitwit sits around thinking this way? Shame on you. You people who think that way probably had/have absolutely no real friends in life as you try to be controlling and justa flat out dick to others. Stick to our Local Gov’t, State, Country for that kinda stuff til it really affects us as a country. Then just maybe, just maybe we’ll come together building a nice society in our own land. Oh ya, and keep the religious twerps out of our Govt as we have a separation of church and state for a reason. Plus your imaginary friends and talking snakes gig is up and it’s a child’s game don’t you know?
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