I doubt this is enforced anymore, but I think it’s time they take this unconstitutional and intolerant law off the books in Massachusetts:
- Blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or
- By cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or
- By cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures
Shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.
Oh this is far too tempting for me. I can’t resist:
I deny, curse, and blaspheme God and his name, his creation that he didn’t create, his government that he doesn’t have, and his final judgement that will never occur.
I also curse the Holy Ghost, because I don’t really like ghosts, and the Holy Bible, a ridiculous book which contains gross immorality along with its proclaimed virtue.
And I reproach Jesus Christ for not leaving any evidence of his extraordinary claims and miracles.
Phew — good thing I don’t live in Massachusetts, or I might be in trouble for that horrific sin!
Seriously though, why should anyone be put in jail simply because they disagree with a religion that, by nature, requires “faith”? The people who wrote this would have a fit if a law like this was passed about Islam or Hinduism. Shouldn’t they of all people know you should do unto others as you want done unto yourself?