It seems they’ve passed a new blasphemy law in Ireland that makes it illegal to criticize any religion under penalty of fines up to 25,000 Euros ($35,000):
Here is an excerpt from the Blasphemy Clause:
(1) A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000. [Amended to €25,000]
(2) For the purposes of this section, a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter if (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion, and (b) he or she intends, by the publication or utterance of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.
This part of the bill makes it illegal to criticize any religion either verbally or in writing. Saying anything in which a “substantial number” of followers might find offensive would now be a crime in the Ireland. But the bill goes even further. Here is another excerpt:
(1) Where a person is convicted of an offence under section 36, the court may issue a warrant (a) authorising any member of the Garda Siochana [the police] to enter (if necessary by the use of reasonable force) at all reasonable times any premises (including a dwelling) at which he or she has reasonable grounds for believing that copies of the statement to which the offence related are to be found, and to search those premises and seize and remove all copies of the statement found therein, (b) directing the seizure and removal by any member of the Garda Siochana of all copies of the statement to which the offence related that are in the possession of any person, specifying the manner in which copies so seized and removed shall be detained and stored by the Garda Siochana.
So saying that Mohammad was a pedophile who enjoyed buttseks would certainly be grounds for me to be arrested and charged in Ireland. So too would my saying that Jesus is a myth built by stealing legends from other religions who never actually existed outside of the minds of the easily deluded who worship him. Catholics are a cannibal death cult that believe their eating the literal flesh and blood of their savior? Yeah, that’d get me brought up on charges. Yahweh is just a figment of the Jew’s imagination that they cling to to salve the wounds left from centuries of being fucked over by everyone else in the world? That’ll probably do as well.
In this entry alone I’ve committed four counts of blasphemy worthy of fines up to 25,000 Euros each. I can only imagine what the total would be if they dug through the nearly 6,500 entries I’ve got here. Not all of them would count as blasphemy, but more than enough would to ensure I didn’t see the light of day anytime soon. Guess I won’t be visiting Ireland in the near future.
Incidentally, I have no idea if simply reading SEB would be grounds for being charged in Ireland. If any of our regulars are in Ireland, you may want to check on that.