We’ll give you a pass on the Sedition AL but, blasphemy not so much. Contrary to popular belief this is not a Christian nation and The First Amendment gives us the right to blaspheme who we please.18 USC § 1464 - Broadcasting obscene language
Current through Pub. L. 112-283.(See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
Whoever utters any obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communication shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
In this chapter we look at three criminal libels - blasphemy, obscenity and sedition. We discuss what they are and the dangers for journalists.
Blasphemy is an attack on God or religion. In English common law, matter is said to be blasphemous if it:
"denies the truth of the Christian religion or of the Bible or the Book of Common Prayer, or the existence of God."
Blasphemy is an attack on God, obscenity is an attack on moral values and sedition is an attack on the state.
Sedition is words or actions designed to cause people to act unconstitutionally. It is a good test of any democratic society to see where it draws the line between honest political disagreements and sedition.
Today, laws on sedition often have more to do with promoting racial and social harmony than with protecting the state. Sedition is often defined as the intention to promote feelings of ill-will or hatred between different races, classes or religious groups within the country.
Sedition is not determined so much by the meaning of words as by the way they are presented. The law will not usually act against a genuinely held opinion, as long as it is expressed in moderate language.
“We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. I know there are some who ask why don’t we just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws. Our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech”
Barack Obama---UN 2012