New Zealand to scrap blasphemy crime after Garda investigation

New Zealand to scrap blasphemy crime after Garda investigation

New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy following calls for reform in response to a Garda investigation into British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. David Seymour, leader of ACT, a minor opposition party, who has instigated the move, said politicians of all stripes wanted to end what they saw as an archaic curb of freedom of speech. “New Zealanders cherish the fact that we have strong separation between church and state,” he told AFP.

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