Notes

Notes on things under discussion

United Methodist Book of Discipline.

UMC Peace with Justice series. UMC Justice Paper. Wikipedia.

Topic: Religious Freedom

Hate crime statistics. Dept of Justice. and usafacts.org.

US. Source Department of Justice
Religious Hate Crimes in the US by Year Source: USAFacts.org
Religious hate crimes in the US for 2020. Source: USAFacts.org

World wide. Source: Pew Research Center. “These laws were most common in the Middle East and North Africa, where 18 of the 20 countries (90%) in the region have laws criminalizing blasphemy and 13 of them (65%) outlaw apostasy. In Saudi Arabia, an Indian national was charged with blasphemy in 2019, fined, and sentenced to 10 years in prison for tweeting criticism of Muhammad and Allah, as well as of the Saudi government. … In some countries – such as Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – violations of blasphemy laws can carry the possibility of the death penalty, according to sources used for this analysis.”

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