The right to blaspheme is fundamental—and it’s under attack.
The right to blaspheme is fundamental—and it’s under attack. In as many as 33 Muslim-majority number of countries today, most of whichhave Islam as their state religion, daring simply to speak out against religious customs, express one’s lack of belief, or otherwise say anything deemedoffensive by religious authorities is enough to brand one a criminal. If victimsare lucky, they might live in purportedly “lenient” countries and get off with afine and a brief prison sentence. If they are unlucky, they may live in one of theroughly dozen countries in which either blasphemy or apostasy (leaving Islam)is a capital offense. That is, if violent fundamentalist militants don’t find thembefore the state does. But even outside the Muslim world, intolerance for those who speak freelyabout Islamic doctrine is endemic. While apostates can be put to physical deathin several Muslim-majority countries, they can face social death in the West,frequently cut off from friends and family and even sometimes subject toabuse.
what you need to know
Muslim-majority countries where blasphemy or apostasy is punishable by death
Muslim-majority countries criminalizing blasphemy or apostasy
Cases of blasphemy-related persecution cataloged in our Persecution Tracker
how we address this issue
Our Persecution Tracker catalogs and monitors cases of state action and vigilante violence against accused blasphemers and apostates from Islam, with an aim to ensuring that the names and stories of victims are known and publicized.
what we advocate for
Ex-Muslims of North America advocates for the following policy actions in defense of the right to blaspheme:
All blasphemy laws, no matter how punitive or lax, must be abolished.
In countries where this is not the case, religious belief—and particularly lack thereof—must be granted protected legal status.
States which cast themselves as explicitly Islamic must secularize.