Starting today, the Irish blasphemy law will be enforced. As part of the law, it is now a crime to publish or speak any matter that is considered overly abusive or insulting to matters that are sacred by any religion. The crime is punishable by a €25,000 fine. In honor of the new law, Atheist Ireland has published 25 blasphemous quotes for you to enjoy, including quotes said by or attributed to Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Mark Twain, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, James Kirkup, Monty Python, Rev Ian Paisley, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Frank Zappa, Salman Rushdie, Bjork, Amanda Donohoe, George Carlin, Paul Woodfull, Jerry Springer the Opera, Tim Minchin, Richard Dawkins, Pope Benedict XVI, Christopher Hitchens, PZ Myers, Ian O’Doherty, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Dermot Ahern.

My question is this; if the Koran is blasphemous to Christians and the Bible is blasphemous to Muslims, aren’t these books now illegal in Ireland?

This is precisely why such a law is inherently stupid. Even within different sects there are differences. Sunnis and Shiites cannot agree on everything. Catholics and Evangelicals find what one another do to be reprehensible. Blasphemy laws are doomed to fail because they are painted with too broad a stroke to be taken seriously.

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