New Zealand: Strict blasphemy laws enacted by stealth, group claims

New Zealand has imposed some of the world’s strictest blasphemy laws by stealth, a Humanist group says.

The new Harmful Digital Communications Act, intended to stop cyber-bullying, could have the effect of landing a person in jail for two years for committing blasphemy, the New Zealand Humanist Society said this week.

This aspect of the new law was an affront to four in ten Kiwis who weren’t adherents of any religion, the group said.

  • BillyHW


    • If the law is as bendy as suggested it certainly is.

  • Icebow

    Inasmuch as it does not promote muzzness, I’m all for annoying Humanists.

  • Raymond Cameron

    It will be enforced only when the blasphemed religion is islam.

  • Brett_McS

    The Kiwis have had, for some time, the most liberal (ie free) environment for speech of probably any western nation. They like to make fun of Australia’s speech restriction laws (ie the Andrew Bolt case in Victoria). It’s telling that restrictions would need to be enacted by stealth, but it’s hard to get away with that in the age of the internet, so I would expect/hope that there is a big backlash and they get dropped.

    Nothing upsets the Kiwis more than looking bad compared to Australia.

  • Gary

    But Imams and muslim can spew hatred all day because going after them would provoke the Peaceful ones to go Jihad and slaughter people for offending islam.

    The problem is islam and about 800,000,000 followers that endorse or fail to condone armed jihad terrorism , but somehow these gutless leaders bring in laws that apply to non-muslims so they don’t upset the closet terrorists.