Guilty of BlasphemyMarvin the Martian 14 comments
In a country fuelled by religious turmoil, a new law has just been enacted, making blasphemy a punishable offence. Many of you think this must be a Muslim nation; given the recent history of the world, but you would be wrong.
In July, the government of Ireland passed a law, which went into effect January 1. This new law, makes it illegal to publish or even say out loud any of 25 blasphemous quotes. The 25 "blasphemous" quotations include the words of Jesus, Mohammed, Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie and Bjork. The punishment includes a fine of 25,000 euros.
In addition to the 25 quotations, the law also makes reference to:
“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.“
Why do the religious get so upset with people challenging their perceptions? Why do they get so upset with people questioning their interpretation of a book? Why is religion the only real taboo left that we are not allowed to talk about?