Saturday, January 2, 2010

Irish Blasphemy Laws

Yesterday, the Irish blasphemy laws went into effect, making it illegal to say anything about a religion that causes “outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

Atheist Ireland, however, is already challenging the law, posting 25 blasphemous quotes from a myriad of sources, from Jesus to George Carlin:

15. George Carlin, 1999: “Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!”

It amazes me that while all of the horrific acts committed by the Catholic Church in Ireland are being laid bare, this nonsense is going on.  It also makes me realize that in 2010, nonreligious causes have made huge strides, but there still is a long way to go.  I sincerely hope this law is challenged and defeated swiftly.

I'll leave you with another blasphemous quote about blasphemy itself (a meta-blasphemous quote?):

This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves
-Robert Ingersoll

Happy new year, let's not get complacent.

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