Testing The Irish Blasphemy Law

In response to Ireland’s recent decision to outlaw blasphemy, a commenter at jesusandmo.net offers this suggestion for how to test the law’s fair applicability:

Stonyground says:

When the bill regarding a ban on promoting religious hatred was being discussed in the UK (a kind of blasphemy law in disguise) I actually posted a Bible to the relevant government department with bookmarks and references to all the people that the Bible promotes religious hatred against. Basically everybody. I was prepared to walk into a Christian bookshop, buy a Bible and go to the nearest police station demanding that the shop selling it be prosecuted.

As it turned out, due to the hard work done by the NSS and a cock up by a labour whip, only a very diluted version of the bill was passed.

I am pretty sure that if the new Irish law is actually put to the test it will be exposed as the contemptable piece of idiotic garbage that it is.

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