As of January 1st, Ireland has enacted a law Â from the dark ages that makes “blasphemy” punishable by a fine of up to $ 35,000.
George Bernard Shaw said “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” Add to that what Siddhartha Gautamaâ€”also known as the Buddha, or Enlightened Oneâ€”said; “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said itâ€”even if I have said itâ€”unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
New rules which forbid causing ‘outrage’ among religious people have baffled Ireland. We were getting along just fine without them..
writes Padraig Reidy in the Guardian (for Muslims)
Indeed. This law is silly and dangerous and provides an incentive for religious outrage. Just what the Muselmaniacs want and need.
Mark Steyn: Is Freedom of speech Â “an American concept?”
Well, here’s how it came about:
In February 2006, Irish President Mary McAleese visited Saudi Arabia and condemned the publication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons, saying, “Muslims have every right to feel angry.” “It was designed to provoke, to be rude, to inflame,” she told reporters just a couple of hours before calling on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.
Mary McAleese: dimwitted tool or hypnotized by Arab daggers & dishdashas?
Now an Â Irish atheist group has published a series of quotations on religion in an attempt to challenge a blasphemy law that went into effect on New Year’s Day:
The 25 “blasphemous” quotations include the words of Jesus, Mohammed, Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie and Bjork.
Atheist Ireland published the list on its Web site Friday. It says it aims to challenge the law, which makes blasphemy a crime punishable by a & euro 25,000-($35,800) fine.
“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,” the group said on the site.
The Goracle is also eager to please his Arab paymasters:
- Al Gore Blasts America in Saudi Arabia
- Arabs in US were victims of abuses, says Al Gore
- Al Gore’s Jeddah Speech and Conservative Cluelessness
Atheist Ireland called the law “silly and dangerous,” because it provides an incentive for religious outrage.
The group urged the Irish government to repeal the law. It also asked lawmakers for a referendum on removing all references to God from the Irish constitution.