The Dutch parliament is considering a bill that would remove that nation’s blasphemy laws, which have not been used in decades, from the books. With one exception — an insult aimed at the queen of that country would still be punishable by law.
While some countries convict people for blasphemy and tighten laws concerning insulting religions, the Netherlands aims to strike blasphemy from the books. But the Dutch are going to make one royal exception…
Now, the Dutch government would like to remove the law entirely. The Dutch parliament in The Hague has suggested abolishing section 147, under which blasphemy becomes a punishable offense. Any insults lobbed at the Dutch Queen Beatrix, however, shall continue to be a punishable offense.
Well that’s good, such laws should be done away with everywhere. But seriously, you want to continue to make it a crime to insult royalty? That’s about as offensive a concept as one can imagine, on nearly every level. Fuck the queen, and every queen or king or prince or princess. The very existence of such people is offensive.