Thursday, April 30, 2009

New law on blasphemy

Fianna Failure - dragging Ireland into the 17th century...

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has been defending, yes, defending a new law on blasphemous libel, one which allows a fine of up to €100,000 to be levied on blasphemers, and one which is entirely counter to the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission, which stated in its 1991 Report on The Crime of Libel, the conclusion
that there was no place for an offence of blasphemous libel in a society which respects freedom of speech

We can only conclude that this government does not respect freedom of speech.

The Fianna Failures might argue, as Dermot Ahern reportedly does, "that a new definition was required by the Constitution" but that doesn't explain why they have decided upon a fine of €100,000. The Irish Times reports that the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution "recommended amending this Article to remove all references to sedition and blasphemy, and redrafting the Article along the lines of article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which deals with freedom of expression."

Instead the government decides on a €100,000 fine for anyone who insults the religious beliefs institutionalized superstitions of someone else.

What planet are these idiots living on?

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