Posted by: becketfund | March 15, 2010

Ireland: Government to Hold Referendum on Blasphemy Law

DUBLIN – The Justice Minister announced on March 14 that the government will hold a referendum on removing a blasphemy ban from the constitution, the Guardian reported on March 15.  The government had previously introduced legislation making blasphemy a crime punishable with a find of up to 22,8000 British pounds.  The law defines blasphemy as “publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defenses permitted.”

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