Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Remember those blasphemy charges against Stephen Fry in Ireland? Yeah, that didn't take.

Courtesy of The Independent:  

An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been outraged by the remarks. 

Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as "capricious", "mean-minded", "stupid" and an "utter maniac" during an appearance on Irish television show "The Meaning of Life" in February 2015. 

The comments were widely reported but did not become a legal matter until a man complained last year, prompting a police enquiry. 

After initial inquiries, officers decided that not enough people had been outraged by Mr Fry's remarks to warrant further investigation, according to the Irish Independent. 

A source told the paper: "This man was simply a witness and not an injured party. Garda√≠ (Irish police) were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people. 

"For this reason the investigation has been concluded."

So IF they police had found enough people who were sufficiently outraged by the comments, they could have charge Fry?

Well guess where I'm not going on vacation. 

Apparently Ireland still retains archaic anti-blasphemy laws. You know, like that bastion of progressiveness Pakistan

In my opinion there is no such thing as blasphemy.

You simply cannot insult an imaginary creature.

That would be like if I was arrested for teasing that a unicorn was nothing but a gay horse.

I mean, come on.

I think it is high time that Ireland join the rest of the Western world in the 21st century, and stop catering to the feelings of religious snowflakes. 

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:25 AM

    Well, at least the police realized that it was a nonsense complaint and that Fry's comments had not injured anyone. Taking offense does not equate actual injury. Besides, most people asked about it probably said the Fry had a point or that he had a right to give his opinion when asked for it.
    Beaglemom

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  2. Anonymous4:30 AM

    I for one am glad that Ireland did not go down that rabbit hole like Indonesia just did!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-politics-idUSKBN18610P

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    1. Anonymous5:38 AM

      "Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is appealing his harsher-than-expected two-year jail sentence after being found guilty of insulting the Koran in the Muslim-majority country." INSULTING A BOOK!

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  3. Anonymous5:47 AM

    OT?"a smoking gun to a terrestrial hot spring scenario in the form of a particular rock type called geyserite. This was found alongside a variety of textures that indicate life."
    "Fossil evidence of early life has been found in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, Western Australia, that date back almost 3.48 Billion years."

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/darwin-apparentlyright-about-the-first-life-on-earth/

    " In recent years, he’s warned about how super artificial intelligence (AI) would end humankind and how contacting extraterrestrial life would go bonkers for humanity. Then in November of last year, he said we have 1,000 years to leave Earth.

    Now, he’s cut it down to 100 — leaving us to wonder just how bad the past six months have been. They’d arguably have to have been pretty bad for Hawking to drastically cut our time on Earth by 900 years in one fell swoop."

    http://ewn.co.za/2017/05/10/humans-have-100-years

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  4. Anonymous5:50 AM

    Hello Stephen Fry! Welcome to my short list of heroes with a spine .

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  5. Anonymous6:05 AM

    HERE! "“was causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”“This is my job. This is what I’m supposed to do,” Heyman said. “I am supposed to go and find out IF somebody is going to be affected by this health care law.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reporter-arrested-tom-price_us_5912c6bae4b05e1ca2032718?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/05/07/woman-convicted-laughing-perjurer-jeff-sessions-confirmation-hearing.html
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reporter-arrested-tom-price_us_5912c6bae4b05e1ca2032718?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    LAUGHing is the best medicine, right?

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  6. Anonymous10:48 AM

    OT:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/10/bikers-sue-cops-for-1-billion-over-witch-hunt.html

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  7. Anonymous12:49 PM

    This was a matter of simple routine, comparable to the FCC investigation of Colbert for his lewd joke about Trump. No need for Gryphen or anyone else to have a hissy fit.

    Just depends whose ox is getting gored.

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