The law officially went live on January 1, and Atheist Ireland have come out of the gate swinging, publishing a list of their favourite 25 blasphemous quotes.
Fun fact: the first two quotes on the list are by Jesus Christ himself.
Let’s be clear about this … protecting the right to blaspheme is not about protecting atheists’ right to poke the bear and make fun of religion.
The point is that free speech is sacred; so much more sacred than any religion.
And what’s more, the right to blaspheme is a cornerstone of freedom of religion. It protects religious believers.
All you Christians … don’t you realise that proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah is a blasphemy against Judaism?
All you Muslims, don’t you realise that elevating Muhammad above Jesus is a blasphemy against Christianity?
And Scientologists, don’t you know that L.Ron’s stories are a blasphemy against all the truly great science fiction writers out there?
Blasphemy is important. Blasphemy matters.
And this law needs to be repealed. Now.