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IRISH BLASPHEMY LAWS A RELIGIOUS NONSENSE

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This article belongs to And That's the Way It Is column.


Ah yes, trust the Irish Government to put both left feet into an issue where sound and competent Governments would and should never venture unless such Governments have a desire to look like complete fools as well as idiots, the conclusion being that the Irish Government is certainly able to classed as incompetent and well as a little 'strange'.

The new Irish blasphemy laws are a case in fact in relation to Irish politics.

The new laws which came into effect on 1 January 2010 provides for substantial penalties for blasphemes comments, utterances, statements and writings and the substance of the new law, which in effect is old 1937 legislation, is bound to be challenged on a number of grounds.

First of all, the Irish law is illegal in terms of what EU legislation
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The new Irish law is therefore a religiously based nonsense aimed to protect the Irish Catholic Church...
provides for in terms of 'freedom of speech' and human rights legislation and secondly, in law, a person must be Innocent until proven guilty. This means that if a person says something allegedly blasphemes against a religion, the prosecution must first prove that such a religion and as any existence of a god is based on fact.

As no-one has yet been able to prove that god, any god, exists, any prosecution case thus goes straight out of the window unless some Irish 'Old Darling' Justice deems otherwise.
The new Irish law is therefore a religiously based nonsense aimed to protect the Irish Catholic Church keeping in mind that the credibility of the Irish Catholic Church is about zero following numerous sex abuse allegations.
Even if a judge ruled that a blasphemy offence has been committed, and most judges would not be that stupid, any finding or ruling he/she may make would be 'unsound' on basis of 'beyond reasonable doubt' and his/her ruling could easily be challenged in law.

The advice given to Irish citizens by ILCF lawyers is that they may ignore the new laws at their leisure as any blasphemy allegation must be based on religious fact not religious fiction and also that Irish citizens can rightfully bring international legal action against their Government on the basis that the new laws breaches their recognised human rights and free speech provisions.

At the same time though, this according to the ILCF, non-religious Irish citizens must respect and protect the religious rights of fellow citizens provided that such rights do not impose or dictate religious theories and political religious legislation upon those who do not belong to or believe in a church or religion.
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The advice given to Irish citizens by ILCF lawyers is that they may ignore the new laws at their leisure as any blasphemy allegation must be based on religious fact not religious fiction

The whole saga shows that by amending previous blasphemy laws rather than simply abolishing them, the Irish Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, is operating way out of his legal depth and legal expertise and that his feeble and legally incompetent actions were simply an attempt to protect a discredited and deemed to be defunct Catholic Church.

Back to the lessons of law for the Irish Justice minister, which clearly indicate that religious hypocrisy and politics don't mix.

My name is Henk Luf.
And That's The Way It Is



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