RTE Prime Time – A Holy Show

Prime Time Report on the Irish Blasphemy Law.

On 12th January 2010 RTE Broadcast “A Holy Show” a Prime Time Report on Ireland’s new Blasphemy Law.

Ireland is the only European country to have introduced a contemporary blasphemy law. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2009, Pakistan proposed the adoption of precise wording from the Irish blasphemy law, as part of efforts by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to limit Human Rights on freedom of conscience.

RTE Prime Time Report on Ireland’s Blasphemy Law – Pt 1

RTE Prime Time Report on Ireland’s Blasphemy Law – Pt 2


“Clock outside RTE’s Cork studios” by Bods is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Atheist Ireland


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    James Beardsmore January 15, 2010

    It would be OK, But, and its a big But, there are no real Gods, mankind have created them himself, hundreds of them.
    Who in his right mind thinks that we where created 6000 years ago in one fell swoop, when we have only been about 60 thousand years, in the Earth lifetime of four and a half billion years.
    And they wish to create more Idiots to believe. and the Muslims drum it into there kids at birth.
    I feel sorry for them, a great pity there is no God,but never mind, we always have a prime minister.

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    Boris January 15, 2010

    It’s sad thing to hear that inteligent people deny God’s existence when we know that many leading scientists like Nicholas Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Michael Faradey, Albert Einstein etc believe in God’s existence.
    If we reject these people then where we are?
    Other thing is that people who said that they represent God represent Him wrongly and then people rejecting God on account of their bad deeds, We need to see what God said about Himself and the best way is to read Bible.
    And if people would follow God’s Ten Commandments…this world would be better place to live. Imagine ……..no robbery, no murders …..no fear…

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    David January 18, 2010

    Boris, Albert Einstein was an atheist, research your facts first.

    And as for the rest of your trolling, grow up.

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    Jim January 19, 2010


    Let’s, for now, accept your list of scientists as being Christians. Your argument, I think, is “who are we to reject what they believe”? It’s an argument called the argument from authority. ie I appeal to authoritative figures – who’s beliefs conveniently can be presented to be in line with mine.

    Unfortunately, the argument is a very weak one – and has been really quite thoroughly destroyed many times (Richard Dawkins does it quite succinctly in the God Delusion – try it: it’s a real revelation).

    So what do you say to the many eminent scientists of other faiths and none? Where are we if we reject them? Who are you tro reject the Hindu, Muslim, atheist scientists of significant repute? Or do you just not know that they exist?

    I would also point out that you are deluding yourself if you think that Einstein was any kind of theist that you would recognise. He was – by his own words – definitely not. Some kind of of pantheist maybe – but pretty darned close to atheist would be an honest appraisal.

    Lastly you will find that it has been people pedalling the 10 commendments who have really caused many of the problems in the world – including the hierarchy and policies of Irelands international child-rape mafia – AKA the RCC.

    When the followers of the 10 commandments live in a way which impresses me, they will have some credibility. While they remain committed to their violent, abusive, dishonest, self-serving ways, intelligent beings will remain convinced that their sky fairies are about as real as Santa or leprachauns.

    Last up – just occurred to me: you hold up a dubious list of scientist christians. Shall I hold up a list of criminal christians for you? We could start with that criminal paedophile protector, Ratzinger, if you like? And move on to … the list is endless. I reject god because she doesn’t exist – not because of the appalling criminality of her profiteers which was I think your other accusation.

    If you just read this and thought: how sad these people are. Then – there’s nothing to be done with you, you poor deluded individual.

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    Monado January 23, 2010

    The only time the Catholic church makes nice ecumenical noises is when it doesn’t have the secular power to enforce its rule over the people. One of the reasons that a lot of scientists in the past kept their mouths shut about what they believed was that atheism was a capital crime in Christian-ruled countries just as it is still in some Islamic countries. The last execution for atheism that I know of in the British Isles was in Scotland in 1697.

    In medieval Europe, “suspected witchcraft, religious heresy, atheism, or homosexuality would typically be punished by burning at the stake.” (http://www.economicexpert.com/2a/Capital:punishment.html) It was also a classic way of getting rid of your enemies in Elizabethan England.

    In Poland, nobleman and philosopher Kazimierz Łyszczyński was executed for atheism in 1689. The surprising thing is that, within a few short decades, people would come out and bravely deny the communal conspiracy to believe in an intangible god who ignores prayers. Voltaire was imprisoned repeatedly and finally was exiled, although he was probably what we would call a Deist and he denounced atheism as well as slavish belief.