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WX
01-02-2010, 05:46 PM
Atheist Ireland says it will fight any action taken against it in court.
The quotations include the words of writers such as Mark Twain and Salman Rushdie, but also Jesus Christ, the Prophet Muhammad and Pope Benedict XVI.
The new law makes blasphemy a crime punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros (22,000; $35,000).
The government says it is needed because the republic's 1937 constitution only gives Christians legal protection of their beliefs.
The new law was passed in July 2009 but came into force on 1 January.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8437460.stm

Ian McColgin
01-02-2010, 05:56 PM
What with all the hysteria whipped up by Islamists against what they see as blasphemy in Europe it's easy to see why instead of eliminating the very notion that blasphemy is a crime, they's expand the notion.

Cowards.

WX
01-02-2010, 05:58 PM
Your final comment is apt Ian.

skuthorp
01-02-2010, 06:31 PM
What with all the hysteria whipped up by Islamists against what they see as blasphemy in Europe it's easy to see why instead of eliminating the very notion that blasphemy is a crime, they's expand the notion.

Cowards.

So, now they are a theocracy again eh? Albeit multi-faith!

John Smith
01-02-2010, 07:10 PM
To quote the famous Charlie Brown: GOOD GRIEF!

James McMullen
01-03-2010, 12:22 PM
"This new law is both silly and dangerous," he said. "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."

Couldn't have said it better myself.