Tag: Secularism

Blasphemy, Ireland and an Irish University

(An edited version of this post should be appearing in print later next month. I’ve reproduced it here as some of the more “controversial” parts have been edited out of the version which is going to be published.)

On the 1st of January 2010, Ireland took a remarkable step backwards when the so called Blasphemy Law came into effect. One of the main results of this has been that many people feel that their freedom of speech could be curtailed by potential legal action and a substantial fine if something they express is deemed to be blasphemous towards a particular religion. To say that this opened a can worms is an understatement and it rather succinctly showed the complete lack of common sense in the then Fianna Fáil led government.