Blasphemy in Ireland – living up to the sterotype

Oh, don’t you love ‘em, those quirky, chirpy little leprechauns and their strange bigoted ways?

Well, no actually. They’ve just passed in to law a bill that it’s now a crime in Ireland to produce or say anything “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.”

Mediawatchwatch goes further, explaining that “publicly making a claim about Jesus which is later proven to be untrue could land you in trouble”. Oh crap. So a bunch of fairy stories with no evidence are presumed to be true? How the fuck does that happen? Oh, wait. Alternative medicine. Never mind.

Update: Very nice commentary from Spiked.

It’s all OK though, we have the virgin Mary appearing in a tree stump. So that’s all right then. I just typed that as Vogon Mary. Oops. Am I now under threat of prosecution in Ireland?

Kinda puts abusive priests into perspective. Or is accusing pedophile priests itself now blasphemous? They are, after all, directly blessed descendents of Peter. Or something.

Luckily we have Spain. A devoutly catholic country, it has in recent years has legalised of gay marriage, introduced so-called “express divorce” laws and the dropped of plans to make religious classes part of the school curriculum. How cool is that?

Luckily, as always, we have Jesus and Mo to set us right. Never mind “God is great”, the Guinness is indeed great.

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  1. #1 by pfig at July 25th, 2009

    whereas in glorious united kingdom (well, belfast) a guy was charged today for possession of extreme pornography. kettle to the pot or something.

  2. #2 by pfig at July 25th, 2009

    btw, how will the prosecution prove that a clam about jesus is untrue? e.g., if i wear a “jesus is my homeboy” t-shirt, how will they prove he isn’t?

  3. #3 by pfig at July 25th, 2009

    jesus clams! the best clams this side of the galaxy!

  4. #4 by gig-shots at July 25th, 2009

    Hey does that mean that if it is proved that the Bible is proved to be untrue then the whole catholic church will be in trouble?

  5. #5 by Michael Kingsford Gray at August 4th, 2009

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