Let Us All Blaspheme

Mark Twain:

Also it has another name – The Word of God. For the Christian thinks every word of it was dictated by God. It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies… But you notice that when the Lord God of Heaven and Earth, adored Father of Man, goes to war, there is no limit. He is totally without mercy – he, who is called the Fountain of Mercy. He slays, slays, slays! All the men, all the beasts, all the boys, all the babies; also all the women and all the girls, except those that have not been deflowered. He makes no distinction between innocent and guilty… What the insane Father required was blood and misery; he was indifferent as to who furnished it.

Frank Zappa:

If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine – but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you’ve been bad or good – and cares about any of it – to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.

George Carlin:

Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit

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What’s going on? Apparently Ireland has passed a blasphemy law. Break it and you could get saddled with a €25,000 fine.

The new law defines blasphemy as publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted.

What good could possibly come from a law like this, especially in Ireland? In response blasphemy.ie has decided to publish 25 blasphemous quotes of which the above are three examples.
Richard Dawkins

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13 thoughts on “Let Us All Blaspheme

  1. I’d follow Mark Twain to hell. He was on intelligent man. I am not one to blaspheme all the time, but I do every now and then. Stupid law, but this is Ireland. Crazy stuff has been happening there for sometime now. Especially concerning religion.

  2. I constantly blaspheme… God damn, I do it a lot. And it sounds worse in Romanian. English swear words sound cute compared to Romanian ones. dieA (and the other Romanians on the site) can confirm this.

  3. Not really big news, no… I’m picking up a few things now though. But I’m hearing different things. On one hand, I’m hearing that it’s part of new Augustus-style legislature to make the country shiny and nice and unicorn-filled, on the other I’m hearing that it’s an archaic piece of original constitution miscellanea that’s only being passed so they don’t have to bother having an expensive referendum to amend it.

    I don’t know what to believe, I’m going to go shout at some churches and see what happens.

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