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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Illegal Blasphemy in Ireland

If you visit Ireland after October, you'd better watch what you say about God.

A blasphemous slip of the tongue could cost you 25,000 euros under revamped legislation that will soon be signed into law.

Blasphemy is an act of challenging or offending a religious belief.

Liberty takes a step back for the folks in Ireland. Not only does this threaten atheists, agnostics and the non-religious, but also anyone who values freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of/from religion, and the separation of church and state.

Though a similar law is unlikely to happen in Canada, Western governments love to borrow bad ideas for each other and this need to be watched; this is not a good day for liberty.

Posted by Freedom Manitoba on July 23, 2009 in Religion | Permalink

Comments

What do dogmatic religious people and dogmatic atheists have in common? It is impossible to have a reasonable debate on religion, and both are determined to impose their ideology on everyone else.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-07-24 2:09:31 PM


"What do dogmatic religious people and dogmatic atheists have in common?"

Dogma?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-24 2:30:34 PM


"both are determined to impose their ideology on everyone else."

Having a position and defending it is not imposing; using the government to force ideology onto people is imposing.

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-24 2:47:41 PM


"What do dogmatic religious people and dogmatic atheists have in common? It is impossible to have a reasonable debate on religion, and both are determined to impose their ideology on everyone else."

I take it that you won't be accepting my challenge?

Posted by: Mike Brock | 2009-07-24 2:48:10 PM


"Having a position and defending it is not imposing; using the government to force ideology onto people is imposing."

Cross-shaped memorials impose nothing on anyone. Nor do Christmas trees.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-24 3:54:41 PM


Shane Matthews,

So let me get this straight... you'd be find with Islamic crescents going up on the walls in public institutions? What about Church of Scientology symbols?

Posted by: Mike Brock | 2009-07-24 4:54:08 PM


So let me get this straight... you'd be find with Islamic crescents going up on the walls in public institutions?
Posted by: Mike Brock | 2009-07-24 4:54:08 PM

If we follow your immigration policy we soon won't have much choice about it.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-24 5:11:08 PM


"So let me get this straight... you'd be find with Islamic crescents going up on the walls in public institutions? What about Church of Scientology symbols?"

In proper context, and done with taste, I'm fine with it. Why shouldn't I be?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-24 6:37:11 PM


This law is just more proof that the Catholics are the Thought Police. I always thought the Irish were pittifully backwards, now we have more proof. And Shane Matthews really needs to GET A LIFE!!!

Posted by: Molly | 2009-07-26 8:45:08 AM


Can't help getting personal, eh, Molly? The true mark of the amateur. Your post is one long racist insult. You have not proved yourself anyone's superior. Go back to your candle-making.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-26 10:32:28 AM



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