Sunday, January 3, 2010

"See What Happens..."

This Death Cult stuff, as above, used to scare the crap out'a me when I was a kid. There was just too much blood, and terror in the church. Why do so many faiths base all their stuff on mystery, and pain?

None of it looked like any fun.

So see what happens when you don't pay attention. The Irish have passed a blasphemy law. That, and Islamic states are using this madness to word a U.N. deal to screw all of us.

Good Grief! As an aging Queer Anarchist, Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Neo-Pagan I'm totally freaked out by this noise! Blasphemy a crime? You kidding? Every other word I've uttered since I was 12 has been blasphemy!

Folks should believe any weird madness they wants, BUT leave me out of it! That's the real Golden Rule. Live'n Let Live!

This below from the Guardian,

Secular campaigners in the Irish Republic defied a strict new blasphemy law which came into force today by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations online and promising to fight the legislation in court.

The new law 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."

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.

Michael Nugent of "Atheist Ireland" said: "This new law is both silly and dangerous.

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. And it is dangerous because it incentives religious outrage, and because Islamic states led by Pakistan are already using the wording of this Irish law to promote new blasphemy laws at UN level.

He said that despite the published quotations being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, Atheist Ireland "unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them.

We unreservedly support the right of any Irish citizen to make comparable statements about matters held sacred by any religion without fear of being criminalised.

Nugent said that the group would be prepared to take on the state if anyone complained about the quotes.

"We ask Fianna Fáil and the Green party to repeal their anachronistic blasphemy law, as part of the revision of the defamation act that is included within the act. We ask them to hold a referendum to remove the reference to blasphemy from the Irish constitution."


Irish Gumbo said...

It's ironic and nauseating that I find myself praying this law is repealed.

Idiocy knows no borders...

Zaek said...

That's a rotten law. From what you say it sounds as though it's largely a result of the Islamization of Europe, and the use that Muslim nations are making of it in the UN supports that idea. I'm appalled but not surprised that the Green party backed it. The European left, like some on the American left, seem to have swallowed whole the risible notion that cozying up to Islam is the liberal thing to do: as though the burqa and the madrasa were expressions of liberal pluralism. This is a very extreme case of reality deficit disorder, of which I've been aware ever since a self-styled "green" activist shot to death Pim Fortuyn, the gay Dutch politician who was miscalled a rightist because he wanted to halt the excessive flow of immigration to his country by people who have no knowledge of nor respect for its culture.

But since the law has been passed, I think Irish boylovers should establish a Church of Eros and sue the pants off anyone who disses boylove as an offender against their religious sensibilities!

Uncle 2012 said...

Now I 'really' have a headache.

When I become "The Holy Grand, and Serene Empress of the Universe, it's Outer Islands, and Brooklyn" my first royal act will be to declare organized religion in all it's forms a mental illness.

I shall also mandate certain entertaining "cures" for this unfortunate condition.

Eh,..Anarchist Queer, Roman Catholic, Buddhist Neo-Pagans, and my close friends will of course be exempt from prosecution or cure.

Ahem, what's the point of being King if ya can't pull a few strings for pals.