To America, in fact, where we may fall short of our best aspirations, but the last guy jailed for blasphemy was Abner Kneeland, early in the 19th Century, who did a couple of months for being "a cantankerous and inflexible heretic."
At least, that's what the judge called him. Why, the impious madman had the temerity to aver that women ought to have the same rights as men, that miscegenation was a-okay and that slavish obedience to centuries-dead prophets was not the only way to practice religion....
Meanwhile, if you want to know who was the most recent individual found guilty of similar "crimes" in Saudi Arabia, Iran and points between, you'd better pick up a paper or look at a website from there -- and read fast, there's plenty more where they came from. It's likely they'll suffer something worse than "sixty days in the cooler," too.
Respect other cultures? Yep, I will -- starting with the ones that don't arrest their Abner Kneelands.
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