If all goes as expected in the Danish Parliament later today, it will soon be possible to set fire to a copy of the Koran or the Bible – should you wish to do so – and escape prosecution.

A large majority in Parliament intends to repeal the so-called blasphemy law, which allows for fines or imprisonment of up to four months for anyone who derides, ridicules or insults a legally-defined religion's teaching or way of worshipping.

A renewed focus on Denmark

Repealing the law could cause the terrorist threat level to be raised because jihadists will be able to exploit it to put renewed focus on Denmark, Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, the former boss of the nation's intelligence agency PET, told DR Nyheder.

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