Atheists challenge Ireland's new blasphemy law with online postings

“Under the law, which went into effect Friday, a person can be found guilty of blasphemy if ‘he or she publishes or utters matter that is 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.’”  More at The Washington Post

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Charlie's picture

Wow, what a stunningly robust and genuinely religiously motivated piece of legislation. If the law outrages enough people of a particular faith, can the lawmakers be held liable?

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Personally I think the law's pretty wrongheaded... the whole idea of making something punishable because it makes enough people angry? But then again they don't quite have the Bill of Rights over there. But what if the views of one religion really outrage alot of adherents of another? And their outrage outrages the other religious folks, etc.? Then what? Major can of worms if you ask me.

(The assertion that Jesus is the way truth and life is pretty offensive to Hindus and Muslims... and not exactly a delight to Buddhists either)