In the News – Jan 1 to Jan 7
- This blasphemy law would have Father Ted spinning in his grave
(opinion piece by Sharon Owens in the Belfast Telegraph, 6 Jan)
- Atheists rally over blasphemy law
(news item by Elaine Edwards in Irish Times, 4 Jan)
- Blasphemy laws will set a dangerous global precedent
(opinion piece by Philip Hensher in Evening Herald, 4 Jan)
- Challenge to new blasphemy law
(radio interview with Michael Nugent on RTE’s Morning Ireland, 4 Jan)
- Challenge to ‘backward’ blasphemy law
(news item by Jim Cusack in Sunday Independent, 3 Jan)
- Atheists challenge blasphemy law
(news item by Sarah McInerney in Sunday Times, 3 Jan)
- Atheist group lobbies against blasphemy law
(news item by Ali Bracken in Sunday Tribune, 3 Jan)
- Atheists condemn blasphemy law
(news item by Elaine Edwards in Irish Times, 2 Jan)
- Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws
(news item on BBC, 2 Jan)
- Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws
(news item by Henry McDonald in The Guardian, 1 Jan)
- Get an ‘outrage-o-meter’ to measure blasphemy
(opinion piece by Rory Fitzgerald in San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Jan)
- New Irish Blasphemy Law Threatens Religious Freedom and Democracy
(opinion piece by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield in BeliefNet, 7 Jan)
- Ireland’s new blasphemy law is a disgraceful inhibition of free speech
(opinion piece by Roy Greenslade in Guardian Blog, 6 Jan)
- Ireland: The island of saints and blasphemers?
(opinion piece by Michael McGough in LA Times, 6 Jan)
- Blasphemy in the British Isles
(Religion Today column in University of Wyoming News, 6 Jan)
- Irland: Gesetz gegen Gotteslästerung
(news item in Nurnberger Zeitung, 5 Jan)
- 10 More Blasphemous Quotations the Irish Might Ban
(article by Scott Thill in Wired, 5 Jan)
- Irlandia zakazała bluźnierstw
(news item in Gazeta Wiadomosci, 5 Jan)
- Irish Befuddled By New Blasphemy Law
(news item by Rob Gifford on NPR, 4 Jan)
- Irští ateisté vzdorují novému zákonu
(news item in Ceske Nonine, 4 Jan)
- Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
(news item in Reporters Sans Frontieres, 4 Jan)
- Irlanda: multa per i blasfemi
(news item in L’Essenziale, 4 Jan)
- Atheists challenge Ireland’s new blasphemy law with online postings
(news item by Karla Adams in Washington Post, 3 Jan)
- Irish Atheists Challenge Nation’s New Blasphemy Law
(news item on Pakistan Christian TV, 3 Jan)
- Irish atheists use quotes by Christ to rebel against new blasphemy law
(news item by Frieda Klotz on Irish Central news, 3 Jan)
- Multe fino a 25mila euro per i blasfemi
(news item in La Stampa, 3 Jan)
- Irish atheists challenge ‘dangerous’ blasphemy law
(news item in Australian Herald Sun, 3 Jan)
- Des athées irlandais s’insurgent contre une loi anti-blasphème
(news item in Nouvel Obs, 3 Jan)
- Irish atheists defy new blasphemy law
(news item in Sydney Morning Herald, 3 Jan)
- Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy law
(news item on Radio Netherlands, 3 Jan)
- Atheist Ireland protests blasphemy law by publishing religious quotes by famous people
(news item by Soraya Roberts in New York Daily News, 2 Jan)
- Hasta 25.000 euros de multa en Irlanda por blasfemar
(news item in El pais, 2 Jan)
- Atheist group breaks blasphemy law
(news item on ABC News, 2 Jan)
- Ierse atheïsten tegen nieuwe blasfemie-wet
(news item in De Morgen Buitenland, 2 Jan)
- Irish atheists use Bjork, Mark Twain to challenge blasphemy law
(news item on CNN, 2 Jan)
- Des athées irlandais défient une loi anti-blasphème
(news item in La Croix, 2 Jan)
- Irish atheists defy new blasphemy law
(news item on Canada.com, 2 Jan)
- Атеисты Ирландии – против закона о богохульстве
(news item on BBC Russia, 2 Jan)
- Atheist Ireland fights blasphemy law with blasphemous quotes
(news item from Associated Content, 2 Jan)
- Des auteurs aident à blasphémer férocement en Irlande
(news item on Actualitte.com, 2 Jan)
- Irish atheists use Carlin to flout law on blasphemy
(news item on Newser.com, 2 Jan)
- L’Irlanda punisce ogni tipo di blasfemia con 25 mila euro di multa
(news item on Blitz Quotidiano, 1 Jan)
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The following is an email I just sent to the Irish Times after discovering this new law.
As an Irishman now living in the United States, I was dismayed and embarrassed by the new Blasphemy law that is apparently now official policy in Ireland. Under this law, the Good Friday “Prayer for Conversion of the Jews” as revised by Pope Benedict and which is certainly insulting to Jews should therefore now be considered a crime. Will every church in Ireland now be fined €25,000 every year for reciting it?
That was not very well coordinated. I feel sure they would have liked that in place before the Ryan and Murphy reports came out. Is Ireland like Australia in that it permits religions to operate provided they abide by the law of the country? The fact that the church has universal law (Decree Crimen) which is in breach of most constitutions does not appear to faze them or their followers.
The decree Crimen is but one of many laws the church operates and puts before the laws of the land they operate in – sexual crimes are matters for criminal courts, they are not matters for churches. While the decree Crimen remains in force and demands secrecy along with many others Canons of the church they will be operating outside the requirements of separation of church and state. No church should have rules or laws relating to anything that comes under a constitution as when they do they are weakening or modifying existing civil law.
As for blasphemy – when Catholic priests and bishops or Catholic in general make comment or statements in regards matters of justice, community and human rights they should be reminded that their church endorses rape as part of their religion through its antiquated laws – when they have that fixed and they have tended to all the victims then they and only then could they be considered to be able to speak without blasphemy and hypocrisy.
As a non-Irish atheist who is appalled by the fact that a prominent member of the EU has enacted such a mediaeval law, may I make a suggestion …
Now that it’s in force, can you Irish demand that your Government apply the new law rigorously, without fear or favour. Demand that they prosecute:
YouTube, for the many blasphemous videos that they broadcast and which are available in Ireland. E.g. George Carlin on religon:
Amazon, for the many blasphemous books they sell that are freely available in Ireland. E.g. ‘God Hates You, Hate Him Back’:
The many blasphemous blogs that exist on the Internet and that are accessible in Ireland.
Religions, for blaspheming against each other.
In the next Irish census, in 2011, encourage all atheists to to put down ‘Pastafarian’ (or some other agreed spoof) as their religion. Attempt to get so many Pastafarians registered that the Government has to recognise it as a religion. Then prosecute anyone who dares blaspheme His Noodliness, The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Oh dear, please excuse me – I see you’re using WP Super-Cache already. And the server’s STILL melting. *shudder*
When I read this I thought that this was a joke, a bad joke. Since Spain, all our force to help you to fight for the freedom.
What does happen if for some people it is a Blasphemy that I could say anything about Darwing, or that it is not neccesary cover women´s hair?…
Better watch your step folks, I’m forming a new religion. We haven’t got many members yet, but I’m sure we’ll take Ireland by storm. Our central philosophy is that the colour yellow was created by the sin of man, and the wearing of a garment coloured yellow is an insult of the highest order.
Our outrage at seeing so many people in Ireland ignore our sacred beliefs knows no bounds, and we will stop at nothing to have this blasphemous practise stamped out with the aid of our friends, the Irish government. We plan to take every case of blasphemy we meet to court and distribute our righteous earnings amongst our members! None shall be spared!
Greetings from the USA…
I hope that you fight the good fight on this issue. I wish I could support you financially. Unfortunately, I cannot since I have been without a job for the past year due to the wonderful economic policies (sarcasm intended) of George W. Bush.
I am still trying to decide whether I am a humanist, agnostic, or atheist. However, I do know that I am a nonbeliever.
this is the link to the article in El Pais covering the blasphemy laws: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/25000/euros/multa/Irlanda/blasfemar/elpepusoc/20100102elpepusoc_2/Tes
If a Catholic priest states that Protestants hold incorrect religious beliefs and that they will suffer God’s wrath because of those incorrect beliefs, can he be prosecuted under the new blasphemy law? How about if he says the same thing about Islam? Or Scientologists?