Topic - Combating Defamation of Religions
Country - Denmark
Represented by - Escola Pia Nostra Senyora
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Denmark enjoys freedom of religion, whichmeans that people are allowed to form congregations for the worship of God in accordance with their convictions while nothing taught or done goes against good morals or public order, as the DanishConstitution section 67 points out.
Religious communities may exist under the general freedom of religion and association without any kind of public registration or the approval from the DanishState. This fact shows the open-mindedness of Denmark giving freedom to religious communities as long as they do not disrupt public order and teach good morals. Defamation of religions not only disruptspublic order but creates tension and disharmony, as it is motivated by hatred and intolerance groups and individuals mainly against Islam that lead to violence.
The UN resolution proponents,including Denmark, sought to establish an international ban on any speech that would insult, criticize, offend or disparage any person's religion. One of the reasons for the U.S. regecting defamation ofreligions resolution was the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects free speech and expression even when the speech is offensive or insulting. Denmark condemns this fact as freedom ofspeech and expression needs to have some restrictions in order to maintain peace and harmony between citizens of different races, cultures, religions... Motivated by hatred and intolerance mainlyagainst Muslims and Islam, groups and individuals take part in unabated acts of provocation and incitement of religious intolerance by misuse or abuse of the right to freedom of expression. Theresolution maintains that while everyone has a right to free speech, that right does not permit the defaming of Islam or any other religious denomination.
Denmark states that a strict line must be drawn...