Blasphemy Laws and Religious Freedom. By Sardar Mushtaq Gill
03 May 2021
It is advocated that religious freedom is the fundamental right of every human being. Every religion claims to give religious liberty to others considering that one of the basic teachings of its religion is a religious freedom, but most of the religious people do not practice it. Religious persons have many facets to deal with the matters of religion. If they would be in places where secularism is being advocated, they would be successful to give religious references about secularism. If the same religious people would be in places where religion is being taught, they would be successful to give religious instances to endorse the concept of religious extremism. It means that the practice of a man is important to note, where he stands, and the purpose of one's actions is extremely notable to know why, where and how one implements it.
Religious Sectarianism is the best instance to understand how the religious differences affect the society which causes to promote Religious Extremism. Long-end repercussions of religious extremism would be spotted when the political objective of someone would be a religious narrative of one’s political achievements; and never ending footprints of religious extremism would be conceived when the religious objective of someone would be a political narrative of one’s religious achievements. It is too hard to tolerate of such breed of religious narrative which is the mother of all kinds of terrorism.
Blasphemy laws are the product of Religious Sectarianism which is the opposing perspective of religious freedom. It is a living deadly tool in the hands of dead minds people which is the creation of erudite pundits. Religion isn’t a tool of persecution of others and religious authority shouldn’t be abused for the victimization of individuals. Likewise, Politics isn’t a tool of persecution for one’s religious achievements and Political Authority shouldn’t be abused for exploitation of individuals. Religious and Political authorities are wheels of individuals’ evolution, no matter, either it relates to spiritual evolution or human evolution.
Religion should nurture love and kindness, and Politics should strive for peace on the foundation of love and kindness of that religion. Religious authority should gospelize for reconciliation, and Political authority should toil for justice. Religious authority without the spirit of reconciliation is like an empty vessel, and political authority without wishing justice is like burgling in a house of wilderness. People raising voices for religious freedom without asking for the abolishment of blasphemy laws is like a religious pundit who is preaching religion without spirituality.
The Best example is this which should be not only followed rather it must be implemented, the first is from the Spiritual Authority, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment the religion can give, and the second is also from spiritual Authority, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. If the religious authority and political authority collectively intercede to promote peace then they both intertwine and become one as a whole spiritual authority. This is a point of spirituality where there is no need for blasphemy laws and every individual can enjoy religious freedom without the fear of any kind of repression.