[EN] Irish atheists fight new blasphemy laws

Posted on January 2, 2010
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This past summer, a new law passed in Ireland which made blasphemy, the simple act of challenging or offending a religious belief, a punishable crime with a fine of up to €25,000 ($35,810). The scientist and religious critic, Richard Dawkins, called this a “return to the middle ages.”

As of yesterday, the law officially went into effect.

In a truly weird twist of logic, justice minister Dermot Ahern says the law is necessary because immigration has brought a growing diversity of religious faiths to Ireland, and yet the 1936 constitution extends religious protection to only Christians. So clearly, instead of protecting the rights to religious expression for all worshipers, Ireland needs institutionalized censorship.

Irish atheists fight new blasphemy laws – Allison Kilkenny – Unreported – True/Slant.



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