But my lack of response was also because, I think, it was a shock to me.
Ireland, for me, stepped into the 21st century a year earlier than most when it joined the Euro in 1999 - it seemed like the place of movers and shakers, a new forward-thinking economy boosted by the end of the troubles as they were so delicately described.
But yesterday, only a decade later, Ireland stepped back into medieval voodoo!
President Mary McAleese has this morning signed the Defamation Bill 2006 and the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009 into law.Disregarding the fact that the introduction of a law like this, which renews the offence of blasphemy, is only a bad election away from witch-hunts or the Spanish inquisition, when you make it an offence to limit peoples opportunity to speak against unwarranted belief, you encourage the spread of that belief, encouraging delusion and self-delusion. But it does not encourage 'true' belief, which comes from the understanding of the whichever scripture one thinks divine, but a fake belief; a lip service belief, to avoid persecution or imprisonment.
Irish Times Thursday, July 23, 2009
that's pretending you believe in the lie just to stay out of jail.
I can see only honest, well balanced citizens springing from this decision - Oh, no actually, that's exactly the opposite of what I can see! Way to screw up your citizens Irish government.
In fact this decision is, as I said at the beginning, still only putting one thought in my head, and again as I said, it is to my shame that I must now conclude that, for me, the passing of this nonsense into law has only served to reinforce the impression of the Irish, which is delivered by those hideous jokes.
To those in Ireland whom are not thick, of which I'm sure there are quite a considerable number, get your politicians to apologise for the image they are portraying of you.
Freedom of speech is more important than any damage done to any perception of any god. This is a nonsense law and ALL those who passed it should be at least be hounded from office if not sectioned as Psychologically unstable.
If you want to help remove the nonsense from Ireland check out the
"Atheist Ireland will now campaign for the repeal of this anachronistic and dangerous blasphemy law, and for a referendum to remove the blasphemy reference from the Irish Constitution, as part of our wider campaign for an ethical and secular Ireland."
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