Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish secularism is also tokenistic

Published 01/04/2010 | 08:37

KEVIN Myers blunders when he opines that ". . . in our culture, we can call Jesus Christ a sodomite son-of-a-whore without legal consequence" (Irish Independent, March 31).

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Such a remark is plainly untrue, given that the Defamation Act of 2009 imposed criminal penalties for “publication or utterance of blasphemous material”.

While the old line will no doubt be run out that there is no intention of ever bringing a prosecution, the fact remains that the law has a normative influence, and the presence of such a provision on our statute books gives overt support to religious fundamentalism.

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