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Blasphemy Illegal in…Ireland?

Sunday, January 3, 2010, 16:14 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Via Glenn Reynolds, I learn that Ireland has a brand new anti-blasphemy law.

The new law, which was passed in July, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (£22,000).

It defines blasphemy as “publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted”.

The justice minister, Dermot Ahern, said that the law was necessary because while immigration had brought a growing diversity of religious faiths, the 1936 constitution extended the protection of belief only to Christians.

For crying out loud, they should have just abolished the old law. Does Ireland really want to follow the repressive lead of Islamist thugs and American university administrators?

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