Now that Ireland has passed blasphemy laws, individuals and groups are ready to challenge it.
Ian O’Doherty wrote this in The Irish Independent:
So, we’re now officially the most religiously deranged country in the civilised world.
Now that blasphemous libel has been introduced to the statue books, it will be a crime to have a pop at religions.
So, here we go — Catholicism is a cannibal cult which eats its leader, Jews who believe that God wants them to settle in the Holy Land are deranged lunatics, Muslims who wants to install Islamic law are nothing but fascist terrorists and Scientologists are nothing but a bunch of brainwashed weirdos who have been suckered by the malicious rantings of a failed science-fiction writer.
Alright lads, I’ll see you in court.
“One of the world’s most beautiful and best-loved countries, Ireland has recently become one of the most respected as well: dynamic, go-ahead, modern, civilised — a green and pleasant silicon valley. This preposterous blasphemy law puts all that respect at risk… It is a wretched, backward, uncivilised regression to the middle ages. Who was the bright spark who thought to besmirch the revered name of Ireland by proposing anything so stupid?”
Atheist Ireland will be putting up their own purposely blasphemous statement soon.
It sounds like these groups and newspapers ought to have a contest: What’s the shortest blasphemous statement you can make?
(via New Humanist)