A while back the Danish authorities brought a charge against a Dane for burning a Koran, which allegedly violated Denmark’s blasphemy law. As it turns out, the charge was engineered to be a test case, to see if a blasphemy statute could survive the scrutiny of the courts in the 21st century.
And now the Danish parliament has simply abolished the blasphemy law, rather than relying on the courts. The man who burned a Koran is now absolved of any further legal burden, and Danes are free to burn their Korans whenever they like.
Rasmus Paludan is the lawyer who represented the defendant in the recent Koran-burning case. In the following interview he discusses the implications of the Danish parliament’s decision.