Mark Humphrys (politics)


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


Hate speech laws

Hate speech example: The Quran

The roll of shame 2009

The roll of shame 1985

Atheist Ireland blasphemous quotes

Islam in Ireland

Sharia law in Ireland

Many Muslims (smart ones) come 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, the Fianna Fail government suddenly decided that the "blasphemy" provision in the 1937 Constitution protected all religions, including of course Islam. This was completely contrary to the intent of the Constitution, but Fianna Fail did not care. They introduced a law to make it an offence to blaspheme against Islam, thus making Ireland a laughing stock, and encouraging Islamic fundamentalists here and everywhere.

In 2018, the Fine Gael led government got an amendment passed to remove the blasphemy provision of the Constitution. But barely had that happened than there were moves to pass "hate speech" laws and "anti-disinformation" laws. In other words, to bring back a version of the blasphemy law for protected religions and ideologies. The human drive to censor other humans is fundamental and will never end.

The 1937 Constitution bans "blasphemy" (of course they mean against Christianity).
In 2009 the Fianna Fail Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern interpreted this as applying to all religions, including Islam.
The Defamation Act 2009 may be the craziest Act ever passed by the Dail.
The idea that any of the people who voted for the 1937 Constitution wanted to ban blasphemy against Islam is just insane.

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

Defend the right to criticise religion!
Stop Sharia law in Ireland!

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 laws

No sooner had the blasphemy law been repealed than there were moves to pass "hate speech" laws and "anti-disinformation" laws. The human drive to censor other humans is fundamental and will never end.

"Hate speech" laws have already been used in Austria to make it illegal to blaspheme against the prophet Muhammad. All over the West, "hate speech" laws and "anti-disinformation" laws are used to censor speech that blasphemes against protected religions and ideologies.

To my mind, these are all variants of the same thing:

The politicians and media who endlessly lecture about "disinformation" are the exact same people who hysterically published Hamas lies about a hospital attack in Gaza in Oct 2023.


Hate speech example: The Quran

If you believe in "hate speech" laws, please address the following.
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).

Hate speech against non-Muslims in the Quran.
If you believe in "hate speech" laws, please explain to me how they will not ban this book.
From here.

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