|Atheists challenge new blasphemy law in Ireland|
Until recently, the laws in Ireland gave special protections to the Christian religion only. So, to update it for the 21st century, they have modified their blasphemy laws. As of today, it is punishable by a fine up to 25,000 euro to say something insulting to someone else's religion.
Of course, this is horrible. The open discussion of ideas is important and it should not be illegal to say you disagree with someone else. Besides, it is not clear exactly what this means. If a Jew states publicly that he does not believe Jesus was the messiah, is this blasphemy because a Christian will be offended...or would it be blasphemy for the Christian to publicly claim that Jesus is the messiah because the Jew will be offended?!?! And what about publishing scientific articles that may contradict the claims of some religious texts...do they now have to be censored?
It seems obvious to me that freedom of speech is the solution. If an idea is good, then it will survive an open discussion. If such discussion puts it in jeopardy...then perhaps it is not a good enough idea that we should be shielding it with the law.
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