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I would like to congratulate you for your excellent use of the tax payers resources and your own energy with your proposed new blasphemy law. By Christ’s Hairless Taint, this is the best thing I’ve heard of in a long time. Already this country lags far behind any normal standard of freedom of speech, and with your help we should fall even further back in the field.
I would love to know what prompted the sudden need to tighten up on blasphemy. Have too many people been yelling “Ram Allah up your arse, Ahern!” at you in the street? Or perhaps is this a bone to throw the god-bothers in exchange for a little less public criticism of some of you policies? Or was this simply motivated by your genuine worry and pity for all those offended by Father Ted, Dogma and South Park?
Also, please do not consider what constitutes a religion. Will Buddhism, which philosophically doesn’t particularly adhere to the standard religious model, be included? If so, will other similar belief structures- Marxism, Spinozaism, Onanism- be protected also? How about some of the older religions, like the Rightful and Holy Worship of the Great Lord Baal, which are currently unpopular, but still need your valued protection? What will the status of cults be? Will we be able to warn against Scientology and others on the lunatic fringe? How many challenges in the courts are you expecting?
I would encourage the you to push through this frankly unnecessary and potentially harmful legislation with all haste, and ignore the need to re-affirm the rights of everyone in Ireland to free speech. Some might say that currently our libel laws are a total disgrace and that perhaps you should be re-writing these, rather than polishing the swollen glands of some god-pimp, but these people are total idiots, bereft of reason, god and a decent dry-cleaners.
Keep fighting the good fight,
PS, Twenty Majors funnier response; here.