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The Dutch are Scrapping their Blasphemy Law. Should we not do the same?


Aindriu

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The Dutch are scrapping their blasphemy law on the basis that such a law is no longer relevant in the 21st Century. I am in 100% agreement with them over this.

Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century.
The legislation, introduced in the 1930s, has not been invoked in the last half century.
BBC News - Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

Bizarrely, however
However, it still remains illegal under Dutch law to be disrespectful to police officers or to insult Queen Beatrix, the country's monarch.
Still more work to do perhaps?

What do P.ie members think of the move taken by the Dutch? Should we not be following suite by scrapping our one?
 


willow68

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Another fine mess FF have left us to contend with..
 

ruserious

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Until such a time when every strangle-hold the church has on our State is removed, it cannot be said that we are ruled legitimately. Removing the law will be a start.
 

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We should never have introduced it in the first instance. Blasphemy is fine as a sin, for those who believe in such things, but there is no reason whatsoever for it being written into the laws of secular states such as our own.

While we're at it, can we remove the Preamble from Bunreacht na hÉireann?
 

bob3367

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Jesus No, oh Christ Yes, In the name of God maybe....
 

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We should never have introduced it in the first instance. Blasphemy is fine as a sin, for those who believe in such things, but there is no reason whatsoever for it being written into the laws of secular states such as our own.

While we're at it, can we remove the Preamble from Bunreacht na hÉireann?
Totally agree. That nonsense in the constitution needs to be removed asap.
 

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Of course we should. It is fairly likely we'll need another referendum to do so though.
The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.
What an ineffably daft provision to write into the constitution of a Republic.
 

Aindriu

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We should never have introduced it in the first instance. Blasphemy is fine as a sin, for those who believe in such things, but there is no reason whatsoever for it being written into the laws of secular states such as our own.

While we're at it, can we remove the Preamble from Bunreacht na hÉireann?
Totally. What a load of guff that is for non-believers and non-Christians.
 

willow68

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Are you referring to the work of Eamon or of Dermot?
Dermot. I'd forgotten about the other fella.
 

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The Irish blasphemy law is absurd.
Potentially it means the sale of any religious book or any other book - social, historical, cultural etc - that has any mention of religion could be removed from the shelves of bookshops for fear of offending the religious sensitivities of some loon.
Any religious ceremony could be deemed blasphemous by any rival religion.
Even mild discussion of religion in the media could potentially be off limits as would lectures or seminars or symposiums of intellectual and academic theologians.
A simple Christmas nativity pageant could be banned or a movie like The Last Temptation of Christ or The Passion of the Christ or The Life of Brian could be banned.
Thankfully no religious nutcase has tried to get their name in lights by testing how far they can go to turn society on its head - yet.
What is to stop a foaming at the mouth maniac from trying his or her luck?
 

theObserver@hotmail.com

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The Dutch are scrapping their blasphemy law on the basis that such a law is no longer relevant in the 21st Century. I am in 100% agreement with them over this.


BBC News - Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

Bizarrely, however

Still more work to do perhaps?

What do P.ie members think of the move taken by the Dutch? Should we not be following suite by scrapping our one?
Yes.

But it will probably require another referendum, which no-one wants.
 

Monday Monday

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Ignore the X Ruling of the Suprememe Court for 20 years.

Sweetheart deal for Catholic Church sex abusers compensation.

But they feel they are absolutely compelled to bring in a blasphemy law by the constitution.
 

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