Home      Blog      About      Contact

Click to hide the content:


Sharia law in the West - Sharia law in Ireland

  Blasphemy law, 2009

Past religious oppression in Irish law

Is it illegal to burn the Koran?

Constitutional Convention

Campaign to repeal the blasphemy law

The roll of shame 2009

The roll of shame 1985

Atheist Ireland blasphemous quotes

Sharia law in Ireland

Many Muslims (smart ones) came to the West to escape from sharia law. Others (idiots) decide that it would be a great idea to bring sharia to the West.

Across the West, various pre-Enlightenment and anti-Enlightenment Muslims are promoting religious sharia law. And many westerners are too weak to stand up for the Enlightenment secular state. This pattern has repeated in the UK and now in Ireland.

Opinion polls show that a large minority (not majority) of Irish Muslims want Islamic sharia law in Ireland. And Ireland seems to be pandering to their demands instead of opposing them. In 2009, for reasons that are entirely unclear, Fianna Fail introduced an absurd "blasphemy" law to Ireland. As has happened with similar "hate" and "defamation" laws in other countries, this may be the first foothold of Islamic sharia law in Ireland. Various Islamic fundamentalists in Ireland think this is true (and think this is a good thing).

Fianna Fail Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern, the man who introduced a working blasphemy law in Ireland in 2009.
He is gone, but his embarrassing and sinister blasphemy law lives on.
Image from UK Foreign Office. See terms of use.

Blasphemy law, 2009

The cartoon that was the subject of the only attempt since 1937 to mount a prosecution for blasphemy.
After the 1995 divorce referendum, the Sunday Independent published this cartoon on 26 Nov 1995, suggesting the government was moving beyond the church. The tag-line is a play on the anti-divorce slogan "Hello divorce - bye bye daddy".
In 1999 a case against this cartoon came to court but was unsuccessful.
Scan from here.

If the above cartoon is thought blasphemous, how about this scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral?
Or the many Eucharist Desecration and Bible Burning videos on YouTube?

FF loses my vote


Éamon de Valera would be abolutely horrified at his Constitution being used by Dermot Ahern to ban blasphemy against Islam. He would regard Ahern as being in the grip of some kind of madness.

Past religious oppression in Irish law

Not in modern times - until this bill - was any new religious oppression introduced by Irish politicians. Rather, there has been the reverse, a steady ending of religious oppression:

Is it illegal to burn the Koran?

Someone in Ireland burns the Koran, and posts the video to YouTube here in Oct 2012.
The Sun claims he is a neo-Nazi, but that is not clear from the video, and may be confusion with someone else.
I've no interest in this person, but I am struck by the fact that the Gardai are investigating this.
Burning the Koran is illegal? Is burning the Bible illegal also? Is there a list of books that cannot be burnt?
Of course The Sun fails to tell us that Ali Selim believes in sharia law.

Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention was established in 2012 to consider various aspects of constitutional reform, including the blasphemy provision. Hopes that it would produce rational proposals were however dashed.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Fianna Fail has made insulting him illegal.
Image from here.

Campaign to repeal the blasphemy law

Repeal the blasphemy law!
Defend the right to criticise religion!
Stop Sharia law in Ireland!
Delete the offensive passage from the Constitution!

The Blasphemy Challenge.
Refers to Mark 3:29.
See all responses. See Dan Dennett.
I certainly deny the existence of the Holy Spirit.

"Blasphemous" exhibition, protesting against the blasphemy law.
"A celebration of artistic freedom and intellectual discourse."
2 to 25 Apr 2010, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Lad Lane, off Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Hate speech against Christianity

Hate speech against Christianity:

"They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers. They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve."

What book contains such hate speech? It must surely be banned.
It's, um, the Quran.

From Ch.5 of the 1649 translation of the Quran (the first English translation).

Feedback form

See explanation.
Enter a URL for me to look at:
Enter this password:

Politics      Religion      Politics feeds      Religion feeds      Maps      Since 1995.

Banned in Iran: This site is banned in Iran.

Blocked on Twitter: I am blocked on Twitter by George Galloway MP and Angela Rayner MP and Owen Jones and Mo Ansar and Charles Johnson and Frankie Boyle and Carlos Latuff and CAGE and Stanley Cohen and Vian Tahir and Alaa Abd El Fattah and Aziz Poonawalla and Mubin Shaikh and Ali Abunimah and Richard Silverstein and Ben White and David Sheen and Asa Winstanley and Sarah Wilkinson and Rob McDowall and Nadeem Ahmed and Andy Kindler and John Cusack and Mick Wallace TD and Ruth Coppinger TD and Cllr. Paul Donnelly and Cllr. Enda Fanning and Colm O'Gorman and Mary Fitzgerald and Brendan Ciaran Browne and Frank McDonald and Donal O'Keeffe and Tara Flynn and Joanna Kiernan and Allan Cavanagh and Jonathan Sugarman and Ronan Tynan and the IPSC and Umar Al-Qadri and the Clonskeagh mosque. What a shower. The reactionary part of the Islamic world, and their western allies, the regressive left.

Who I block: I will debate almost anyone. I love ideas. I will not debate (and will block) people who: (a) target my job, (b) target my appearance, or: (c) libel me (such as call me racist). I will not debate such people. I will block them.