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Religious freedom needs protection

On this rare occasion I find myself in complete agreement with Foreign Secretary and South Shields MP David Miliband, after he called for the Iranian government to drop it’s plans to legislate against apostasy. A draft bill going through Iran’s would allow the introduction of the death penalty for apostasy (the denouncement of one’s religion.)

David Miliband commented yesterday that he “deplored the way in which the Iranian Parliament is… now discussing a draft penal code that would set out a mandatory death sentence for the crime, quote unquote, of apostasy.” He went on to say that “If adopted, [the legislation] would violate the right to freedom of religion, which is also an important basis of any civilised society.”

Everyone should have the basic human right to follow a religion or not, or even be an atheist as Miliband professes he is, this should not be a matter which requires legislation, but in Iran it seems that the following of Islam is to controlled in the most brutal of fashions!

If they insist on executing people who decide not to be religious then they cannot expect the rest of the world to treat them as a civilised society.

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Written by curly

October 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

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