Blasphemy is still considered as an offence in many parts of the world, especially in Islamic countries. Selman Rushdie is still under threat because of his book “The Satanic Verses” considered as blasphemous. The cartoons about Prophet Mohammed are still fresh in mind.

The recent example was in Morocco. A newspaper “Nichane” has been banned and its site on the Internet blocked because it published an issue of 10 pages on jokes the Moroccans make about religion, politics and sex. So religion is still a sensitive issue.

Da Vinci Code was a controversial film because it put in question many held ideas about Christ and Christianity. The controversy it raised showed that blasphemy still matters as long as there are believers who don’t want to be offended in their faith.

Many things were taboo including sex and blasphemy. But now due to the Internet it has become possible to publish anything including jokes about what used to be too sacred to talk about irreverently.

The danger is when blasphemy becomes so widespread, religion will become outdated forcing a new society whose members will have to find new ways to link for it not to break up totally.


  1. billdunc said,

    January 26, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Hi There,
    your thoughts on blasphemy are interesting. My own view is that almost by definition only a believer can blaspheme against their own beliefs. I have no belief in a God but I repect the fact that other people do. However they have every right to argue and criticise my non belief – and even to try to make fun of it! I feel I have the same right in respect of religious beliefs because to me they are mere superstitions and must be challenged.
    What is important is that in such dialogue, even if it gets a bit intense, everyone remembers our common humanity and that there is never any recourse to violence.

  2. Abdelilah Boukili said,

    January 26, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Billdunk for your comment. Religious beliefs shouldn’t stand in the way of how people should relate to one another. Religion should be kept as a personal matter. This way believers and non-believers can live in peace with each other.

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