Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Atheists sign up to fight Irish Blasphemy Law

After the passing of the controversial Irish blasphemy law, which potentially could put severe restrictions on freedom of speech, Atheist Ireland held a particularly well timed AGM on Saturday which was reported in the Irish Times. I thnk it's quite impressive for them to have got 150 people out on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of Summer.

They had a message of support from Richard Dawkins - no surprises there, really and were addressed by a Labour Senator Ivana Bacik who said that she reckoned she was the only "out" atheist in the entire Parliament.

Their next step is to provocatively release a statement which is still being drawn up and being carefully worded to offend every single religion. I think they might have missed a trick here - it might have been a better idea to have some sort of competition to devise it which would really get people discussing the issues surrounding it. The rather top down approach of presumably getting a committee to do it misses out an opportunity to reach out to more people to persuade them how completely ridiculous the new law is.

Anyway, as soon as this lawbreaking masterpiece is unveiled I will post it here.

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