Ireland Anti-Blasphemy Law Causes Outrage
On January 1st 2010, a new law in Ireland took effect and began causing outrage from Irish atheists. Blasphemy is now a punishable crime with a maximum fine of €25,000 ($35,810).
The new law 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 law has been put in place due to an influx of different faiths and religions, meaning that the law had to be updated to protect more faiths than Christianity.
An atheist group that claims to represent their rights in protest have published a list of 25 anti-religious quotes in response. These quotes are from Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, who said:
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
Being a blogger and a writer, freedom of speech is very important to me. What I write on my own blog, and have written in the past, may now be illegal in Ireland.