Friday, January 8, 2010

There seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding among some people about the campaign to have the blasphemy law revoked.

The campaign is not trying to stop people believing in god, nor is that the reason for the 25 blasphemous quotes.

The purpose of the campaign is protect our freedom of speech and expression and the freedom of speech and expression in the media which is essential for the survivial of an open , multi-cultural, progressive democracy.

I understand that some people need religion, I understand that people want to believe in something, but if those beliefs and the written doctrine of that faith somehow offend  the beliefs of another then this is where things could get really messy.

Atheist Ireland have taken on the campaign, not because they  hate all organised religion (they're probably not fans I grant you) but as humanists, or as people intent on making our state more secular and rational in it's law making and legislative processes and working towards a fairer society.

We cannot ignore the taking of a civil liberty, no matter how little we think it will effect us. Governments left unchecked will do whatever they want once elected. They need to be sent a message that this is unacceptable. It is not up to them to interpret or change the meaning of an article of OUR constitution without putting it to the people. Changing the meaning is just the same as changing the article and they cannot do that without a referendum.

I wonder how the Government can give time to listen to the ridiculous proposals of Mr Dermot Ahern and then  take so long to pass laws that protect children? They are protecting  the monsters that harm them with this new law. Surely their priorities are all wrong! And this is the major issue!

If we lived in a more rational secular society where government is not influenced by the church or anyone else's self serving agendas,  issues such as child protection would be dealt with more rationally and more effectively.

I hope more people will champion their rights, protect the vulnerable, not the powerful and require fairness and justice from those they elect to govern their country. If not we could suffer the same fate as the people of Italy and the United States.

That's all I want. I don't think that's silly or worthy of ridicule, nor do I see the need to get nasty about it and brings things down to a petty or personal level.

This is really important to me and I would appreciate the support of all my family and friends.

Thank you.

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