Challenging the Irish blasphemy law – first shot across the bow
While we are waiting for Atheist Ireland to come out with its official challenge to Ireland’s shiny new blasphemy law (branded by Richard Dawkins as “a wretched, backward, uncivilised regression to the middle ages”), columnist Ian O’Doherty has had bash at it himself in the Irish Independent:
So, here we go — Catholicism is a cannibal cult which eats its leader, Jews who believe that God wants them to settle in the Holy Land are deranged lunatics, Muslims who want to install Islamic law are nothing but fascist terrorists and Scientologists are nothing but a bunch of brainwashed weirdos who have been suckered by the malicious rantings of a failed science-fiction writer.
Alright lads, I’ll see you in court.
Well, it’s more like defamation than blasphemy – apart from the Catholic clause it attacks believers rather than their beliefs – but it’s a start.
Let’s hope that Atheist Ireland do a better job. They should be able to, provided they don’t get bogged down with concerns about dismaying “normal believers,” in which case they are doomed to fail.