The Danish Parliament adopted legislation Thursday making it unlawful to burn the Holy Quran and different sacred non secular books in public areas.
The transfer comes within the wake of an upward pattern of incidents involving the burning of spiritual texts, and specifically, the Holy Quran, which is the non secular textual content central to the Islamic religion, in Denmark. The Danish authorities beforehand announced its intention to discover authorized technique of intervening to place an finish to the Quran burning and issued a statement condemning the burning of the Holy Quran in July of this yr. Underneath the brand new regulation, will probably be unlawful to publicly burn, defile, or in any other case insult any non secular texts. Any offender discovered to be responsible of such crime(s) could also be punished with a two-year time period of imprisonment.
The invoice handed with 94 votes in favor within the Danish Parliament, or Folketinget. There have been 77 votes forged in opposition to the proposed laws, with the opposition arguing that the regulation infringes upon freedom of expression and units a harmful precedent that might pave the best way for additional restrictions on dissenting viewpoints. “Historical past will decide us harshly for this, and with good purpose…” said Inger Støjberg, chief of the anti-immigration Denmark Democrats occasion, in opposition of the regulation. “What all of it comes right down to is whether or not a restriction on freedom of speech is set by us, or whether or not it’s dictated from the skin.”
Criticism of the brand new regulation was shared throughout the political aisle, with a number of left-wing lawmakers voicing their dissent. Karina Lorentzen, of the Socialist Folks’s Occasion said, “Does Iran change its laws as a result of Denmark feels offended by one thing an Iranian would do? Does Pakistan? Does Saudi Arabia?… the reply isn’t any.”
Earlier than the invoice is promulgated into regulation, it should first be signed by the Danish monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe. Following this Royal Assent, the regulation shall be printed within the legislative gazette and enter into regulation the next day.