Freedom of religion is one’s right to worship as they please within the Law of their society, the freedom is given to the Individual. Along with this freedom comes the freedom to criticize religion, as most religions are critical to one another being that they are contradictive to other religions.
Some people and Organizations like the OPEC member States will claim that criticizing religion is blasphemy and violates the right of freedom of religion as well as being disrespectful. This is not the case as freedom of religion is a human right while the religion itself is not protected under human rights being that it is an ideology that can be criticized the same as any political ideology.
If you couldn’t criticize religion then how would a Muslim Cleric Claim that Jesus (Isa) was not the son of God but instead just a prophet without being blasphemous and critical to Christianity? How could a Christian claim Jesus was God and the coming of the Messiah without being blasphemous to Judaism that doesn’t recognize Jesus?
By this process of banning critic you would be left with banned public speaking of religion period except for one, and by logic it would be the religions that came first just to be sure, Islam being a later religion would be almost completely silenced by Judaism and Christianity and all the Abrahamic faiths would be silenced by the Ancient Pantheons which this website explores, namely the Arab Pantheon.
Hinduism is believed to be up to 20,000 years old, Dreamtime, the religion of Australian aboriginals is believed to be 40,000 years old, the oldest practiced religion on earth. Monotheistic faiths would have to take a backseat to Animism, Spirituality and Polytheism if blasphemy laws were introduced.
In fact when people are born they are not religious at all, religion is indoctrinated at a later time in one’s life, atheism or agnosticism is the beginning to every baby. If as a child we could select our religion from a selection of choices we would have to be critical to make the wisest choice or to not choose at all. Most children are born into religion and have no choice of the matter, but as adults we do have the ability to change our religion and choose another or leave religion completely behind.
One needs the right to be critical of other religions just to practice their own faith and to proselytize if they want to, the right to worship is a human rights freedom but blasphemy laws are an antithesis of this freedom.
This website intends to piece together the Arab Pantheon as best we can of the religion that dominated Makkah prior to Islam, there is no doubt that sensitivities will be hurt, but do remember this religion is older than Islam so the blasphemy is Islam itself, not the Arab Pantheon.
The approach of this website is from a spiritual agnostic position, there are no prophets and like the religion did in Makkah it welcomes all religions, Makkah was known to have over 360 idols worshipped prior to Islam, in those days Makkah was tolerant of other faiths and was Secular and Pluralist as far as we know.
Because this website is on US servers and not servers from a country which practices blasphemy laws, usually only to do with the supremacist religion of the nation, I will quote the First Amendment Rights.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
According to International Law this website is also protected by the same Human Rights that let us live in a world of equality for all religions and beliefs.
Freedom of religion is firmly entrenched in international law and the constitutions of countries around the world. Sections 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) (ICCPR) guarantee everyone the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as the freedom to manifest his or her religion or belief in practice and observance. The United Nations Human Rights Committee has emphasized that this freedom encompasses the right to wear religiously distinctive clothing or headcoverings, although article 18(3) of theICCPR does allow limitations to this freedom provided that they are prescribed by law and necessary to protect safety, public order, health, morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981) also guarantees the freedom to practise one’s religion and belief, and freedom from discrimination based on that religion or belief.
I hope you enjoy this website and for those that don’t remember that you have the right to be offended, I know several religions that offend me, and they will be discussed in detail on this website, especially Monotheism and the notion of a male as a God.