Threats to Apostates "Most Severe" in Muslim Countries and Beyond


Western attitudes toward free thought may be gradually worsening. German laws against insulting religion, while perhaps understandable given Germany's Nazi past, nonetheless violate democratic, post-Enlightenment ideals by imposing prison sentences on those who merely express an opinion. In the Netherlands, anti-Islam Parliament member Geert Wilders was prosecuted for a 2014 campaign speech in which he promised "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands. In finding him guilty, the court called his words "demeaning and thereby insulting towards the Moroccan population."