Blasphemy law a return to middle ages - Dawkins
By IRISH TIMES, ALISON HEALY
Added: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 23:00:00 UTC
THE NEW blasphemy law will send Ireland back to the middle ages, and is wretched, backward and uncivilised, Prof Richard Dawkins has said.
The scientist and critic of religion has lent his support to a campaign to repeal the law, introduced by Atheist Ireland, a group set up last December, arising from an online discussion forum. The law, which makes the publication or utterance of blasphemous matter a crime punishable by a â¬25,000 fine, passed through the Oireachtas last week.
In a message read out at Atheist Irelandâs first agm on Saturday, Prof Dawkins said: âOne of the worldâs most beautiful and best-loved countries, Ireland has recently become one of the most respected as well: dynamic, go-ahead, modern, civilised – a green and pleasant silicon valley. This preposterous blasphemy law puts all that respect at risk.â He said it would be too kind to call the law a ridiculous anachronism.
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