Blasphemy law in the Republic of Ireland. In 1852, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, John Syngean Bridgman, a Franciscan friar, was convicted in County Mayo after burning an Authorized King James Bible. He viewed it as a souperist work inferior to the Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible.
Former Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, who first proposed this referendum last year, said the last known prosecution in Ireland related to blasphemy was thought to be in 1855.
How the Islamic States at the United Nations use the Irish blasphemy law to justify their own laws. October 19, 2018. Public meeting on Vote Yes to Remove the Blasphemy Law Cork. October 10, 2018. Public Meeting on Vote Yes to Remove the Blasphemy Law Galway. October 3, 2018.
In a referendum on the old blasphemy law, which came alongside the country’s presidential election last Friday, nearly two-thirds of Irish voters decided to revoke the controversial policy.
Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum.
While there is certainly a store of resentment in the population at being asked to vote again (that is: vote properly, you morons, as the government is barely holding back from saying) on the Lisbon treaty, there is a certain sense of bafflement at the new blasphemy legislation, smuggled in under the guise of defamation law reform.
Blasphemy and Ireland: Everything you need to know A guide to how the State’s ban on blasphemy became a law
Blasphemy was a common law offence under Irish law when the 1937 Constitution explicitly made it an offence punishable by law. The Defamation of Act of 1961 also made it a statutory crime, but did not define what blasphemy was.
Death sentences. A blasphemy law is a law prohibiting blasphemy, which is irreverence or insult toward holy personages, religious groups, sacred artifacts, customs, or beliefs. They are “among the oldest and most enduring of hate speech laws”.
Ireland is finally going to hold a referendum about its blasphemy law, and it will take place this October. The Irish government has approved the preparation of a bill to remove blasphemy as part of a commitment to constitutional reforms.