A few months ago, a new law passed in Ireland that makes blasphemy a crime warranting a fine of €25,000.
Atheist Ireland wants to get it repealed and they’re doing it by challenging the law starting on Day 1.
We believe in the golden rule: that we have a right to be treated justly, and that we have a responsibility to treat other people justly. Blasphemy laws are unjust: they silence people in order to protect ideas. In a civilised society, people have a right to to express and to hear ideas about religion even if other people find those ideas to be outrageous.
In this context we now publish a list of 25 blasphemous quotes…
Despite these quotes being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, we unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them, and we unreservedly support the right of any Irish citizen to make comparable statements about matters held sacred by any religion without fear of being criminalised, and without having to prove to a court that a reasonable person would find any particular value in the statement.
The quotes come from all over the place — George Carlin, Salman Rushdie, Jesus, etc.
The atheists are right and the government of Ireland is wrong.
This law will be challenged — not just by the atheists — and one would hope it gets repealed immediately.
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