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Say what???

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Part of my morning ritual includes reading various news sources. It’s something that I started back in my college days that I have really come to enjoy. In fact, not being able to have quiet time in the morning to catch up on news makes me feel like I’ve lost out on something. Today as I was going through my RSS feeder, I was amazed at what I came across. In fact, I could not believe what I saw.

It does seem bizarre that, in 2009, a modern European nation would seek to shield religious belief from criticism – yet that is what is happening in Ireland right now. In repealing the 1961 Defamation Act, the Irish government sought to expunge the worst excesses of Ireland’s draconian laws restricting free speech, but in the process it has ended up making offending religious belief a criminal offence.

The full article can be see here.

What are they thinking? The article mentions that the Catholic Church is one to talk about taking criticism in the wake of its child abuse scandal, but to shut the door on criticising religion is a dangerous act. Many readers know that I a a devoutly religious man. The reason I am so, is because I ask hard questions about faith and challenge the status quo to find what is the truth. This act would seek to quell that behavior and criminalize it.

I find it particularly disturbing that the act gives authorities the ability to raid publishers suspected of printing “blasphemous” materials. All that the church has to do is state that something offends them and they consider it to be blasphemous, and BAM – fines are imposed.

This kind of censorship of free speech is severely outdated and needs to shelved. It’s a dangerous situation that could be easily expanded into to speaking out against the government (acts of sedition).

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Written by Steve Miller

July 21, 2009 at 6:43 am

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  1. That is quite disappointing…

    John Lacey

    July 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

  2. Yes, diaappointing indeed. But looking at the big picture, the institution has served the people well in so many ways. So let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
    Rather let’s keep the baby while at the same time insisting on answers to the hard questions asked by people like Luther, and Steve.

    Lawrence

    October 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm


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