Category Archives: blasphemy

At last: Ireland to have a referendum on its blasphemy law

You probably know, if you’ve hung around here a while, that Ireland has a blasphemy law on the books, which I wrote about five years ago. It was passed in 2009 as the “Defamation Act,” but really just continued a 1937 provision of the Irish Constitution. Here it is (my emphasis): 36.— (1) A person […]

Canada poised to repeal its blasphemy law

Since 1892, Canada has had an anti-blasphemy law on the books, to wit (from the Criminal C0de): 296. (1) Every one who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years (2) It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published […]

Richard Dawkins writes to the Irish Times, offering himself for arrest

Okay, Ireland, you nation with your stupid blasphemy laws: here’s a good test case for you. Arrest Richard Dawkins! Here’s a week-old letter from Dawkins to the Irish Times: Sir, – As a gesture of solidarity with Stephen Fry, I quote a sentence from my book, The God Delusion: “The God of the Old Testament […]

More for Blasphemy Day

by Greg Mayer Following up on the theme for the day, the New York Times reports that in Indonesia, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the governor of Jakarta, has been convicted of blasphemy against Islam, and has been immediately placed in prison to begin his two year sentence while his lawyers appeal the case. Basuki, a Christian […]

New Zealand’s blasphemy law on the chopping block

Reader Gordon called my attention to an article on the Radio New Zealand site (click screenshot to see it) that implies that New Zealand’s blasphemy law may stay in place (the ACT is a political party, and I’ll let Kiwi readers characterize it). But read on, as the headline is misleading. The law against blasphemy […]

Free will for cancer cells?

This tw**t, sent by Grania, called my attention to an article in the Irish Times that criticizes the country’s blasphemy law: What an incredibly inane penultimate sentence @IrishTimes. Free will might explain evil people but not bone cancer. — John Hamill (@JohnHamill151) May 10, 2017 What is the penultimate sentence? I’ll put the last paragraph […]

Failure to cause outrage: the Blasphemy investigation of Fry fizzles out

by Grania Spingies As many of you may already know, the police investigation into the accusation of blasphemy against Stephen Fry by an anonymous and obsequious finger-wagger has been dropped. As I pointed out, there was never any real chance that Fry would be charged, let alone brought to trial. Ireland’s illiberal and misconceived Blasphemy law was […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ blasphemy

It looks like today will be Blasphemy Day on this site, as we have four posts about it, including this one showing the latest Jesus and Mo strip titled ‘upset’. The email came with the creator’s note: What a week for blasphemy laws it’s been! Stephen Fry investigated for breaking the Irish one, Indonesian governor imprisoned under […]

Ireland investigates Stephen Fry for blasphemy

Blasphemy is a crime in Ireland; the Constitution of 1937 (see here) says the following: ARTICLE 40 6. 1° The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality:  i. The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions. The education of public opinion being, however, […]

Denmark enforces blasphemy law; charges man with burning Qur’an

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) reports that a man in Denmark has been charged with violating the blasphemy laws by burning a Qur’an.  It’s the first time Denmark’s blasphemy law has been invoked in 46 years. Denmark is reactivating it’s [sic] ‘blasphemy’ law, for the first time in 46 years, charging a man for posting […]