The Rise of Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

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The Rise of Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

Dr. Paul Marshall on the rise of apostasy and blasphemy laws, and the threat they represent to religious freedom.

A number of Islamic and Muslim-majority nations impose brutal punishments for apostasy and blasphemy. Reports of Muslims and non-Muslims being sentenced to years in prison and even death are becoming increasingly common in the media. Are these laws relevant only to Muslim societies? Or should they be an international concern? Asking these questions, and others, The Diplomat recently spoke with Dr. Paul Marshall, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., in the United States.