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To: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald

Scrap the Blasphemy Law

Ireland is the only country in the developed western world to have introduced a blasphemy law in the 21st century (2010)
A government promise of a referendum about the law was broken despite Enda Kenny previously agreeing that one was necessary.

Why is this important?

It prohibits the “publishing or uttering [of] 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”.
Fundamentalist organisations have cited Ireland’s law as best practice and has even proposed the adoption of its precise wording to limit human rights on freedom of conscience.
Now Stephen Fry is being investigated under this terrible law. Now its time to scrap it. http://www.thejournal.ie/stephen-fry-complaint-of-blasphemy-3376318-May2017/?utm_source=facebook_short


Reasons for signing

  • [Disclosure: I am an old white man] #ENOUGH #NeverAgain Say "No" to NAZIs! 🕊✊🕊
  • This law comes as recommended and admired by the likes of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. And used by them too actively. It's an affront to any thinking person that this is still on our books.
  • It's a stupid law based in a country that is no longer identified or classified by it's religion but by the vast wealth of knowledgable and diverse individuals that live within.

Updates

2017-05-06 21:33:08 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-05-06 19:00:42 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-05-06 18:25:53 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-05-06 18:08:35 +0100

10 signatures reached