Irish atheists challenge nation’s new blasphemy law

Irish atheists have already begun challenging a new blasphemy law that went into effect on New Year’s Day, reports Michael Ireland, chief correspondent, ASSIST News Service.

The group Atheist Ireland has published a series of quotations on religion in an attempt to challenge the new law. The 25 “blasphemous” quotations include the words of Jesus, Mohammed, Mark Twain, and Salman Rushdie.

CNN reports Atheist Ireland published the list on its Website www.atheist.ie on Friday. The group says it aims to challenge the law, which makes blasphemy a crime punishable by a $35,800 fine.

“Despite these quotes being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, we unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them,” the group said on the site.

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