Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse we’ve learned that it can. Having driven the country into penury and sat doing nothing for the last year, the (mis)Government suddenly springs into action and introduces ........... a law on blasphemy! Just what we fucking need. How did we get by without it up to now?
The bill defines (I use the word ‘define’ in the loosest meaning of the term) the offence as “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion; and he or she intends, by the publication of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.”
Now, apart from having a whole load of indefinables in there, what jumps out to me is that the offence takes place if enough lunatic adherents of a particular religion deem it to be offensive. Can't you just see the Muzzies rubbing their hands at the prospect? Endless litigation – needless to say all funded by the taxpayer.
So you face a penalty of up to €100k. if you say that Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t let their children die for lack of a blood transfusion, or that Mohammed should not have been humping a nine year old child, or that the Scientologist are off the wall for believing that they converse with aliens. Or what about the Jedi religion, which world-wide has by now almost 1 million adherents? What if they were outraged if you suggested their swords weren’t magic?
I could go on. But the point is, it’s not what you say, it’s the fact that the nutcases taking offence is what makes it an offence. So when you say something you don’t know whether it will turn out to be an offence, simply because the reaction of the lunatics will be the determining factor.
Why such madness, and why now? Who knows? There has been pressure from the, ahem, Human Rights Council at the UN (this contains such paragons of Human Rights as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Cuba)which is driven by the wealthy Islamic members. It is they who have used this Council as a platform to attack Israel and to propagate legislation to prevent the denigration of religion. Whether our pathetic (mis)Government is just trying to curry favour with these misanthropes can only be a matter for speculation
Last out run off the lights.