Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes

From today, 1 January 2010, the new Irish blasphemy law becomes operational, and we begin our campaign to have it repealed. Blasphemy is now a crime punishable by a €25,000 fine. The new law defines blasphemy as publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted.

This new law is both silly and dangerous. It is silly because medieval religious laws have no place in a modern secular republic, where the criminal law should protect people and not ideas. And it is dangerous because it incentivises religious outrage, and because Islamic States led by Pakistan are already using the wording of this Irish law to promote new blasphemy laws at UN level.

We believe in the golden rule: that we have a right to be treated justly, and that we have a responsibility to treat other people justly. Blasphemy laws are unjust: they silence people in order to protect ideas. In a civilised society, people have a right to to express and to hear ideas about religion even if other people find those ideas to be outrageous.

Publication of 25 blasphemous quotes

In this context we now publish a list of 25 blasphemous quotes, which have previously been published by or uttered by or attributed to Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Mark Twain, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, James Kirkup, Monty Python, Rev Ian Paisley, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Frank Zappa, Salman Rushdie, Bjork, Amanda Donohoe, George Carlin, Paul Woodfull, Jerry Springer the Opera, Tim Minchin, Richard Dawkins, Pope Benedict XVI, Christopher Hitchens, PZ Myers, Ian O’Doherty, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Dermot Ahern.

Despite these quotes being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, we unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them, and we unreservedly support the right of any Irish citizen to make comparable statements about matters held sacred by any religion without fear of being criminalised, and without having to prove to a court that a reasonable person would find any particular value in the statement.

Campaign begins to repeal the Irish blasphemy law

We ask Fianna Fail and the Green Party to repeal their anachronistic blasphemy law, as part of the revision of the Defamation Act that is included within the Act. We ask them to hold a referendum to remove the reference to blasphemy from the Irish Constitution.

We also ask all TDs and Senators to support a referendum to remove references to God from the Irish Constitution, including the clauses that prevent atheists from being appointed as President of Ireland or as a Judge without swearing a religious oath asking God to direct them in their work.

If you run a website, blog or other media publication, please feel free to republish this statement and the list of quotes yourself, in order to show your support for the campaign to repeal the Irish blasphemy law and to promote a rational, ethical, secular Ireland.

List of 25 Blasphemous Quotes Published by Atheist Ireland

1. Jesus Christ, when asked if he was the son of God, in Matthew 26:64: “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” According to the Christian Bible, the Jewish chief priests and elders and council deemed this statement by Jesus to be blasphemous, and they sentenced Jesus to death for saying it.

2. Jesus Christ, talking to Jews about their God, in John 8:44: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” This is one of several chapters in the Christian Bible that can give a scriptural foundation to Christian anti-Semitism. The first part of John 8, the story of “whoever is without sin cast the first stone”, was not in the original version, but was added centuries later. The original John 8 is a debate between Jesus and some Jews. In brief, Jesus calls the Jews who disbelieve him sons of the Devil, the Jews try to stone him, and Jesus runs away and hides.

3. Muhammad, quoted in Hadith of Bukhari, Vol 1 Book 8 Hadith 427: “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” This quote is attributed to Muhammad on his death-bed as a warning to Muslims not to copy this practice of the Jews and Christians. It is one of several passages in the Koran and in Hadith that can give a scriptural foundation to Islamic anti-Semitism, including the assertion in Sura 5:60 that Allah cursed Jews and turned some of them into apes and swine.

4. Mark Twain, describing the Christian Bible in Letters from the Earth, 1909: “Also it has another name – The Word of God. For the Christian thinks every word of it was dictated by God. It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies… But you notice that when the Lord God of Heaven and Earth, adored Father of Man, goes to war, there is no limit. He is totally without mercy – he, who is called the Fountain of Mercy. He slays, slays, slays! All the men, all the beasts, all the boys, all the babies; also all the women and all the girls, except those that have not been deflowered. He makes no distinction between innocent and guilty… What the insane Father required was blood and misery; he was indifferent as to who furnished it.” Twain’s book was published posthumously in 1939. His daughter, Clara Clemens, at first objected to it being published, but later changed her mind in 1960 when she believed that public opinion had grown more tolerant of the expression of such ideas. That was half a century before Fianna Fail and the Green Party imposed a new blasphemy law on the people of Ireland.

5. Tom Lehrer, The Vatican Rag, 1963: “Get in line in that processional, step into that small confessional. There, the guy who’s got religion’ll tell you if your sin’s original. If it is, try playing it safer, drink the wine and chew the wafer. Two, four, six, eight, time to transubstantiate!”

6. Randy Newman, God’s Song, 1972: “And the Lord said: I burn down your cities – how blind you must be. I take from you your children, and you say how blessed are we. You all must be crazy to put your faith in me. That’s why I love mankind.”

7. James Kirkup, The Love That Dares to Speak its Name, 1976: “While they prepared the tomb I kept guard over him. His mother and the Magdalen had gone to fetch clean linen to shroud his nakedness. I was alone with him… I laid my lips around the tip of that great cock, the instrument of our salvation, our eternal joy. The shaft, still throbbed, anointed with death’s final ejaculation.” This extract is from a poem that led to the last successful blasphemy prosecution in Britain, when Denis Lemon was given a suspended prison sentence after he published it in the now-defunct magazine Gay News. In 2002, a public reading of the poem, on the steps of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, failed to lead to any prosecution. In 2008, the British Parliament abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.

8. Matthias, son of Deuteronomy of Gath, in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979: “Look, I had a lovely supper, and all I said to my wife was that piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.”

9. Rev Ian Paisley MEP to the Pope in the European Parliament, 1988: “I denounce you as the Antichrist.” Paisley’s website describes the Antichrist as being “a liar, the true son of the father of lies, the original liar from the beginning… he will imitate Christ, a diabolical imitation, Satan transformed into an angel of light, which will deceive the world.”

10. Conor Cruise O’Brien, 1989: “In the last century the Arab thinker Jamal al-Afghani wrote: ‘Every Muslim is sick and his only remedy is in the Koran.’ Unfortunately the sickness gets worse the more the remedy is taken.”

11. Frank Zappa, 1989: “If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine – but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you’ve been bad or good – and cares about any of it – to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.”

12. Salman Rushdie, 1990: “The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.” In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie because of blasphemous passages in Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

13. Bjork, 1995: “I do not believe in religion, but if I had to choose one it would be Buddhism. It seems more livable, closer to men… I’ve been reading about reincarnation, and the Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren’t lesser beings, they’re just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists.”

14. Amanda Donohoe on her role in the Ken Russell movie Lair of the White Worm, 1995: “Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can’t embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages, and that persecution still goes on today all over the world.”

15. George Carlin, 1999: “Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!”

16. Paul Woodfull as Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly, The Ballad of Jaysus Christ, 2000: “He said me ma’s a virgin and sure no one disagreed, Cause they knew a lad who walks on water’s handy with his feet… Jaysus oh Jaysus, as cool as bleedin’ ice, With all the scrubbers in Israel he could not be enticed, Jaysus oh Jaysus, it’s funny you never rode, Cause it’s you I do be shoutin’ for each time I shoot me load.”

17. Jesus Christ, in Jerry Springer The Opera, 2003: “Actually, I’m a bit gay.” In 2005, the Christian Institute tried to bring a prosecution against the BBC for screening Jerry Springer the Opera, but the UK courts refused to issue a summons.

18. Tim Minchin, Ten-foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins, 2005: “So you’re gonna live in paradise, With a ten-foot cock and a few hundred virgins, So you’re gonna sacrifice your life, For a shot at the greener grass, And when the Lord comes down with his shiny rod of judgment, He’s gonna kick my heathen ass.”

19. Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion, 2006: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” In 2007 Turkish publisher Erol Karaaslan was charged with the crime of insulting believers for publishing a Turkish translation of The God Delusion. He was acquitted in 2008, but another charge was brought in 2009. Karaaslan told the court that “it is a right to criticise religions and beliefs as part of the freedom of thought and expression.”

20. Pope Benedict XVI quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor, 2006: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” This statement has already led to both outrage and condemnation of the outrage. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the world’s largest Muslim body, said it was a “character assassination of the prophet Muhammad”. The Malaysian Prime Minister said that “the Pope must not take lightly the spread of outrage that has been created.” Pakistan’s foreign Ministry spokesperson said that “anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence”. The European Commission said that “reactions which are disproportionate and which are tantamount to rejecting freedom of speech are unacceptable.”

21. Christopher Hitchens in God is not Great, 2007: “There is some question as to whether Islam is a separate religion at all… Islam when examined is not much more than a rather obvious and ill-arranged set of plagiarisms, helping itself from earlier books and traditions as occasion appeared to require… It makes immense claims for itself, invokes prostrate submission or ‘surrender’ as a maxim to its adherents, and demands deference and respect from nonbelievers into the bargain. There is nothing-absolutely nothing-in its teachings that can even begin to justify such arrogance and presumption.”

22. PZ Myers, on the Roman Catholic communion host, 2008: “You would not believe how many people are writing to me, insisting that these horrible little crackers (they look like flattened bits of styrofoam) are literally pieces of their god, and that this omnipotent being who created the universe can actually be seriously harmed by some third-rate liberal intellectual at a third-rate university… However, inspired by an old woodcut of Jews stabbing the host, I thought of a simple, quick thing to do: I pierced it with a rusty nail (I hope Jesus’s tetanus shots are up to date). And then I simply threw it in the trash, followed by the classic, decorative items of trash cans everywhere, old coffeegrounds and a banana peel.”

23. Ian O’Doherty, 2009: “(If defamation of religion was illegal) it would be a crime for me to say that the notion of transubstantiation is so ridiculous that even a small child should be able to see the insanity and utter physical impossibility of a piece of bread and some wine somehow taking on corporeal form. It would be a crime for me to say that Islam is a backward desert superstition that has no place in modern, enlightened Europe and it would be a crime to point out that Jewish settlers in Israel who believe they have a God given right to take the land are, frankly, mad. All the above assertions will, no doubt, offend someone or other.”

24. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, 2009: “Whether a person is atheist or any other, there is in fact in my view something not totally human if they leave out the transcendent… we call it God… I think that if you leave that out you are not fully human.” Because atheism is not a religion, the Irish blasphemy law does not protect atheists from abusive and insulting statements about their fundamental beliefs. While atheists are not seeking such protection, we include the statement here to point out that it is discriminatory that this law does not hold all citizens equal.

25. Dermot Ahern, Irish Minister for Justice, introducing his blasphemy law at an Oireachtas Justice Committee meeting, 2009, and referring to comments made about him personally: “They are blasphemous.” Deputy Pat Rabbitte replied: “Given the Minister’s self-image, it could very well be that we are blaspheming,” and Minister Ahern replied: “Deputy Rabbitte says that I am close to the baby Jesus, I am so pure.” So here we have an Irish Justice Minister joking about himself being blasphemed, at a parliamentary Justice Committee discussing his own blasphemy law, that could make his own jokes illegal.

Finally, as a bonus, Micheal Martin, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, opposing attempts by Islamic States to make defamation of religion a crime at UN level, 2009: “We believe that the concept of defamation of religion is not consistent with the promotion and protection of human rights. It can be used to justify arbitrary limitations on, or the denial of, freedom of expression. Indeed, Ireland considers that freedom of expression is a key and inherent element in the manifestation of freedom of thought and conscience and as such is complementary to freedom of religion or belief.” Just months after Minister Martin made this comment, his colleague Dermot Ahern introduced Ireland’s new blasphemy law.

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  1. Avatar
    Cliff Kelsall July 21, 2010

    A wonderful French writer said,

    Once you can get a person to believe absurbities;
    You can get them to commit atrocities!

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    Feuille de Violette. July 30, 2010

    Um.

    Grossly abusive or insulting comments? Moot.
    Grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred? It’s possible some comments are. The majority of comments aren’t even about matters “held sacred”.
    Thereby causing outrage to a substantial number of adherents? Yes, you have a readership of religious adherents who are positively apoplectic.
    Intent to cause such outrage? Mmm, of course, publishing comments on a site highlighting the folly of a piece of legislation demonstrates a clear intent to outrage.
    Intent to mock the Defamation Act. PASS!

    The Act is nonsensical, but claiming it curtails the freedom of expression or silences the exchange of ideas is bizarre.

    Expressing an opinion, criticism, repudiation, negative thought or feeling is entirely different from being abusive or insulting. Not even if every adherent is outraged.
    Being abusive or insulting hasn’t been criminalised either. Unless your intent in expressing it is to cause outrage… to a substantial number of adherents.

    So it is against the law to succeed in a mission to cause outrage amongst people who have beliefs which fall under a particular definition by being grossly abusive about what they hold sacred. Shocking violation of your rights.

    The Act is unjust because does not regard all people as equal before the law.
    100% support a referendum to completely secularise the Constitution.

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    Charlie July 31, 2010

    God is dead
    Karl Marx is dead
    Henry Miller is dead
    And I’m already feeling quite sick too.

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    Anon August 18, 2010

    The three Abrahamic desert cults are nothing but a telephone game gone horribly wrong.

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    Anon August 26, 2010

    Studying comparative religion, history and science basically obliterated my religious faith.
    Jesus is a solar myth and Yahweh is a volcano god. It’s so freaking obvious.
    All religions on this planet eventually go back to nature worship.
    They must borrow from each other in order to survive.

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    Stu, London October 01, 2010

    I loved the “Flying Spaghetti Monster is mushy and under-cooked” comment !

    It got me thinking….
    What this ridiculous law needs is a ridiculous test case – Arrange for 4/5 (ahem) genuine members of the Church of FSM to have their religion cruelly ridiculed and insulted by some other group. All done clearly, in front of witnesses – preferably in a crowded public space in Dublin. Said devotees then (with straight face essential!) petition for the law to be bought against the blasphemers.
    Blasphemers unrepentant… become martyrs to the cause !

    Good luck with fighting this backward law.

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    Francis O'Brien October 28, 2010

    When I was a child, I was taken across the city to a school where the teachers wore funny black cloaks with hoods with a white starched collar around the front. These women, I was told, were “Nuns”. They told us funny stories about a man who walked on water and turned water into wine and did such incredulous things I could hardly believe them.
    However, I was only a child and they were adults, so I had to believe the stories were true or burn forever in Hell!! Pretty scary stuff for a 5yr old… so I went to the Priest with the Nuns and the other children in Confessional and told him of my doubts and feelings. He told me I was sinful and had to do penance for my sins, then I could take “Communion”… It got even stranger from there onwards, when I spoke of my thoughts I was said to be a Heretic… what am I to do??

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    Jack November 21, 2010

    What this law is effectively saying is if You act rational and sane You could be criminally charged and fined €25,000. And it is normal to be delusional.

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    Jack November 21, 2010

    I suppose the stupid government will bring in a law next, that if You state that Harry Potter is a book of fiction like the bible You could be charged with a crime and a hefty fine of €25,000.

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    Jack November 21, 2010

    Will the government of Ireland also bring in a crime that states that any psychiatrist or rational person for that matter who tells or tries to help a mentally Ill person in an psychiatric institution who are in a delusional state that the world is going to end, or that he or she believes themselves to be reincarnations of Stalin or Hitler for example. That those psychiatrists and rational people are going to be charged with a crime and fined €25,000, if they attempt to help these Ill delusionals. In other words they will be charged with a crime if they attack their delusional and irrational beliefs. This nonsensical blasphemy law is the exact same as the above mentioned hypothetical scenario.

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    Ali January 14, 2011

    This is beyond dangerous and taking us back thousands of years of perceptional evolution. How about religions stopping insults to one another, each religion differentiates between two people as blasphemers and non-blasphemers. This law is a form of discrimination, and giving power to fairy tales. if one should respect religion than religion should have respect for others as well, if religion has the right to punish people when a so called insult to their sacred ideals is said, then agnostics and atheists must as well have a right to punish religious people when they claim unbelievable claims that are insults to the logic agnostics have.

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    Eric March 09, 2011

    I don’t know what everybody is complaining about. This is a great law! Finally, we can make illegal any religion that has a tenet that defames or contradicts the teaching of any other religion. That should take care of all of them.

    Finally, a secular Ireland!

    Methinks people should be careful of what they wish for…

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    John O'Driscoll April 20, 2011

    Don’t believe in atheists. Reckon they’re just makey uppy myths to bore cildren to sleep.

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    Alexander Hellemans April 27, 2011

    For a so-called “democratic” country the introduction of blasphemy laws is highly irresponsible. We now see the situation in Pakistan where anyone can be accused for blasphemy without proof, and runs the risk of life-long imprisonment or even execution. Ireland cannot now any more be counted among democratic countries. Dimwitted, superstitious and idiotic people in government are the greatest enemies of democracy. Religion and democracy don’t mix. Welcome to the Middle-Ages!

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    John Donnelly May 19, 2011

    Can someone please advise me here. I am planning on staging the Irish Premier production of Jerry Springer,the Opera. It is definitely irreverent to the Catholic Church and contains pretty racy language etc. What is my position with this new blasphemy law?

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    GodAteMySandwich June 18, 2011

    The catholic church in Germany and Austria (amongst others) is allowed to demand taxes (usually around 1%) from members, irrespective of their earning level. They regularly send letters threatening legal action for non-payment, usually after one has not paid for two years or more. It does come to court orders and forced sale of possessions. I know because they are currently trying to initiate legal action against me (I am Irish and living in a country where this is the case). Both of these countries also have similar anti-blasphemy laws. Now to my point, further to the point being made by some of the quotes above, anti-blasphemy laws could, and should if they are to be taken seriously as a law, lead to exceedingly farcical situations. It would be highly interesting to have a case where a person is being prosecuted for blasphemy against a religion and being brought to court for non-payment of taxes to that religion at the same time….

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    Gaston December 06, 2011

    Eventhough I do not agree with atheists generally I do agree on this particular point. Everyone should have a right to doubt or even dismiss another’s beliefs.Anti-Blasphemy laws are bad business for all (except muslims i guess) as they stiffle debate, questioning, debating, rebating, etc. Freedom of expression is paramount in a democracy and the new laws are against it. I will defend the right of people to blaspheme God even if i don’t agree with their statements.I want people to be able to read B.Russel, Ibn-Al-Warraq ,Dawkins,Gould, Hitchens,etc. and I’m saying that as a New Born Again Christian

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    Charles Pitstick March 20, 2012

    American here, but feel a need to comment. Does the passage of this law mean that the majority of Irish citizens support it? If I were an Irish skeptic, I’d be worried. Were I an Irish Catholic, I’d be insulted, for I would not ask for such “protection”.

    If there is an infinite God, then he needs no laws to protect him. No, these laws are only for the protection of those timid souls who fear any difference of opinion, and especially for those who fear that their own ideas cannot be defended.

    I try not to deliberately insult anyone personally, but attacking ideas one thinks are foolish or harmful is to me almost a moral duty. How will we learn and grow without debates over ideas?

    I am not Catholic, but I do think that there are some unfair and unkind comments here. There is no reason, for example, to think that most priests are pedophiles. Many are good people trying to do good, though I think that many of their ideas do harm.

    My beef is with bad ideas, not the victims of those ideas. Irrational ideas can harm everyone, not just the believer, and this law is an example of this.

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    David April 30, 2012

    I am an adherent of a liberal, nondogmatic form of Judaism. I and my co-worshipers are definitely religious — we pray, hold worship services and Bible studies, etc, etc. At the same time we feel that each person should believe whatever appears most true to them, and that one person shouldn’t look down on another because of their beliefs [or lack thereof, which is also fine]. What is important to us is not doctrine but principles of love and compassion and integrity and other similarly important things and *this* is what we discuss and try to put into practice.

    As to the question at hand, I too am opposed to any anti-blasphemy laws. Anyone should have the right to clearly and emphatically express their opinions about any religion or all religions, whatever those opinions might be, without fear of punishment by law.

    That said: each person has a right to be treated with the same consideration and respect and [in the larger sense] love that we want to be treated with. This is true even of people who do not themselves adhere to this principle. If you think a certain religion’s [or all religions’] teachings are dangerous nonsense, and you feel like saying so, by all means do that. But please, put it in a way which is not purposely insulting or intended to cause other people pain. I myself think there are forms of religion — including forms of Judaism — which are harmful both to those who believe in them and to the rest of us, so I am sometimes in the same position as anti-religious people find themselves. But the Golden Rule still applies. And *that* is more important than any and all arguments over beliefs. The New Testament — which has much that I like and much that I don’t like — says that anyone who says he loves God but does not love his fellow human beings is a liar. It says to “speak the truth in love” and I think both parts of that are equally important.

    One more point — frankly I think that people who consider it necessary to devote a whole lot of their time to angrily and rudely denouncing religion [or any particular thing] may well have a personal emotional issue underlying that, which it would be in their own best interest to deal with. This is independent of whether or not what they’re saying is true.

    Thanks for reading this and best wishes to everyone who has posted comments here.

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    Mr. Tee June 17, 2013

    Liberty is good, and freedom of expression excellent. At least, it is the bane of Europe’s civilization and it is seeping profoundly and gradually into all other nooks and crannies of the globe. History has taught us that liberty without restraint is no liberty at all. You can even in the spirit of liberty and atheism publish all the junks against the very loins that brought you forth, against the laps that bore you and against the nipples that suckled you. We are free to be mad until we get the sad consequence of that madness and folly. What is atheism, after all? It is the folly by which a fool deliberately chooses to push out and far from him every notion and belief in the existence of any god or divine being so that he can practice the same madness and folly without any sanction of conscience. But their end is always not different from the 17th century French Voltaire…

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      Bruce Robinson May 19, 2014

      Excuse me, but have you not just blasphemed the beliefs of Atheists?

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    Mr. Tee June 19, 2013

    Liberty is good, and freedom of expression excellent. At least, it is the bane of Europe’s civilization and it is seeping profoundly and gradually into all other nooks and crannies of the globe. History has taught us that liberty without restraint is no liberty at all. You can even in the spirit of liberty and atheism publish all the junks against the very loins that brought you forth, against the laps that bore you and against the nipples that suckled you. We are free to be mad until we get the sad consequence of that madness and folly. What is atheism, after all? It is the folly by which a fool deliberately chooses to push out and far from him every notion and belief in the existence of any god or divine being so that he can practice the same madness and folly without any sanction of conscience. But their end is always not different from the 18th century French Voltaire…

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    Pope Jimbo August 24, 2013

    The god of my religeon, The Church of the SubGenius, is J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, and he not only has no objection to being blasphemed, he DEMANDS IT, DAILY! Any god who is so immature, so lacking in self confidence, so at risk of being “hurt” by what the low-lifes and rif-raf on Earth have to say about him, is one lame-assed deity, not deserving of love or respect. Now “Bob,” AND his drinkin’ buddy, Jesus, are usually too loaded to give a shit what anybody thinks of them. So “Bob,” ol’ buddy,we love ya, and you have my permission to KISS MY FAT ASS,……..SCUMBAG! Praise “Bob!”

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    James Smith April 12, 2014

    Blasphemy laws are nothing more than a blatant attempt by the religious reich to forcefully impose their sick beliefs upon everyone else.

    As always, nothing is to evil, too absurd, too untrue, or insulting to human decency for the religious to not use it.

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