Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Forget all the nonsense about pictures of Brian Cowen's gut; here's something that should scare anyone who places any kind of value on freedom of speech. Especially, as was stated in the article, "the Supreme Court concluded that it was impossible to say of what the offence of blasphemy consists." So who's going to be the arbiters of taste in this regard? Would it be possible for hardcore creationists to argue that the Theory of Evolution is blasphemous, by their standards, and "[causes] outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion"? How many people compromise a "substantial number" in any case? And if the law is passed and actually enforced, is it worth staying in this crooked, bankrupted, perpetually sodden country to find out? 

3 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

As (long as) there's no god there can't exist any blasphemy FULL STOP

A Doubtful Egg said...

Well said, Sean! I agree totally. People are entitled to believe in whatever they like, but they are not entitled to force their beliefs on others through stupid laws like this one. I have several religious friends, but I don't question their beliefs and they don't question mine. But organised religion has nothing to do with belief; it's all about power...

Sean Jeating said...

Dear D.E., it's you who put it well. Wouldn't I have followed my wish to be sarcastic and provocative, I might have written:
Anyone may believe in anything, and may it be the worshipping the head of a dead sardine - as long as he/she does not try to force me to worship this very dead head of a sardine, too.

Time to speak out, anyway!