Tuesday 27 June 2017

Blasphemy offence is vital to our peaceful co-existence

A masked Palestinian holds a burning Danish flag in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in 2006 in a protest over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
A masked Palestinian holds a burning Danish flag in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in 2006 in a protest over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Dr Ali Selim

THE Convention on the Constitution recommendation that the offence of blasphemy should be abolished is an unwelcome upheaval inconsistent with the Irish heritage of religiosity. This convention is sometimes based on similar situations in other countries, and sometimes it is because blasphemy legislation is abused in other countries. Every country is different and Ireland should remain unique.

Religion promotes peaceful co-existence in society, as most religions promote peace and harmony. Religions are pro-life since life has a sound doctrinal value.

Religion dictates how one is expected to live with others in harmony. It sets the basic norms and customs of society. Religion teaches us about God. Religion reinforces the collective conscience.

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