Just came across this
It seems that our government intends to give special privilege to religious sensibilities. What the fuck is going on here? And i quote…
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern proposes to insert a new section into the Defamation Bill, stating: “A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000.”
“Blasphemous matter” is defined as 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; and he or she intends, by the publication of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.”
Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the court may issue a warrant authorising the Garda Síochána to enter, if necessary using reasonable force, a premises where the member of the force has reasonable grounds for believing there are copies of the blasphemous statements in order to seize them.
Is this idiot serious? What happened to freedom of expression in this country? Why should we be prevented from asserting that religion is manifestly-obvious bullshit and an intellectual insult. The corner-stone of freedom of speech is the freedom to offend and I fail to see what right you have not to be offended just because your bar of enquiry is set substantially lower than mine. I find myself offended every time i look at the outrages of organised religion and its well documented excesses – who defends my offense?
This law will be used to censor blogs like this, it is wide open to abuse and is a slippery slope to oppression – or the tyranny of the majority.– To some religious types, the very existence of Atheists is offensive and we would be forced into self-censorship. Not for the first time this year I find my self disgusted by our government.
Surely the HAI will be fighting this?
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