Religion & Philosophy

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1499: Ireland outlaws blasphemy

On January 1 most of the world rolled forward into a new decade. The Catholic Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, rolled backward into a former century.

Lawmakers in staunchly Catholic Ireland passed the law in July, but it came into force January 1.

A person breaks the law by saying or publishing anything “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

Errrm, wait a second. “…saying or publishing anything “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion…”

Sonofabitch. I think I can get the Bible outlawed in 15 minutes, tops….

Thanks to Ubertramp for passing this item along.

8 replies »

  1. So can I be mildly abusive toward Scientology? Is my Jewish mother-in-law still fair game? It’s reassuring to know that the US Congress may not be collectively the dumbest, most craven collection of lawmakers on earth.

  2. Once again, I’m so honoured to live on this fair emerald isle. /hangs head in shame

    I didn’t vote for them, if that gets me any points.

    Oh, and atheists are not protected by this law. So, yeah.

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