Coalition partners Atheist Ireland met on Tuesday with the head of the Irish government, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in a meeting they described as a “breakthrough”.
This week the various organizations of the International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws (ICABL) launched a charter to clearly and concisely define our shared orientation on “blasphemy” laws, the policy that underlies the entire campaign to End Blasphemy Laws and the shared vision that unites us in working together.
In the first week of the End Blasphemy Laws Campaign, there have been “blasphemy”-related mob violence and looting, reportedly resulting in two deaths, an attack on a Christian school ostensibly in response to caricatures in the publication Charlie Hebdo, and a senior Pakistani politician publicly placed a bounty on the life of the owner of that infamous magazine.
Our campaign was launched last Friday, by a brand new International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws.
Initially a merger of two parallel efforts by humanist, atheist and other secular organizations, we’re pleased to announce today that in the first week we’ve been joined by several religious organizations speaking out against “blasphemy” laws; mostly these groups describe themselves as liberal Muslim groups or in similar terms; in addition we welcome various ex-Muslim, human rights, some Christian, and further secular and freethought groups. See our Partners page for the full and growing list of partners in this extraordinary coalition.
A new international campaign launches today, Friday 30 January, aimed at abolishing “blasphemy laws” worldwide.
The End Blasphemy Laws campaign is thought to be the first campaign focusing solely on the issue of laws against “blasphemy” including “ridicule” and “insult” to religion or “hurting religious sentiments”.