human rights, Politics and Government, Philosophy and religion
Majorities Reject Banning Defamation of Religion: 20 Nation Poll

As the UN General Assembly prepares to debate a proposal calling for nations to take action against the defamation of religion, majorities in 13 of 20 nations polled around the world support the right to criticize a religion.

On average, across all countries polled, 57% of respondents agree that "people should be allowed to publicly criticize a religion because people should have freedom of speech." However, averages of 34% of respondents agree that governments "should have the right to fine or imprison people who publicly criticize a religion because such criticism could defame the religion."

Added by View user profileKasem Ali on December 2, 2009