Repeal Blasphemy Law sign now

On the 23rd of July 2009 the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, signed a new Defamation Act into law. It includes a law against 'blasphemy causing outrage'. The maximum fine is 100,000 euro.

This law amends one which was found in 1999 to be too vague to be enforced 'in accordance with the law'. The new specification seeks to make blasphemy punishable again.

This petition is for the repeal of the law against blasphemy in Ireland, in line with the view taken by the holy see and the Irish government in international bodies such as the UN (Irish Times, May 2009).

Both the holy see, represented by Msgr Silvano Marie Tomasi, and Irish government at the UN hold that the proper legislation to address such issues is human rights and equality law, not laws against blasphemy. We hold, along with the a fore mentioned bodies that the blasphemy law is essentially anachronistic; surplus to requirement at best and a danger to constitutionally protected free speech at worst.

Because there is a provision for a blasphemy law in the Irish constitution a referendum may be required to if the Irish people are to repeal this law.

This repeal should be carried out by national referendum if necessary at a suitable time .

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Latest Signatures

  • 06 January 20161000. Donal A
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016999. Ash E
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016998. Susan M
    As a non-denominational member of this community and tax contributor I find the blasphemy law offensive and a direct infringement of my basic right to free speech. I call for this law to be repealed.
  • 31 December 2015997. Vovk Atkins
    If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door. (a href= )otc codeine cough syrup(/a) (a href
  • 31 December 2015996. Alan D
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015995. Tinka B
  • 26 December 2015994. Brian R
    It's hard to believe, this law brings Ireland straight back to the bronze age, it's ridicolous, but more importantly it's a very dangerous law.
  • 26 December 2015993. Ciara F
    My teacher told me that God helps the trees and flowers grow, but all the accepted texts on the subject clearly state that it is photosynthesis. If the tables were turned and religion was fined everytime it "blasphemed" against accepted principles, it wou
  • 26 December 2015992. Andrew B
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015991. James B
    whats next, thinking police
  • 21 December 2015990. Alan D
    This backward law is a blatant attack on free speech.
  • 16 December 2015989. Tom M
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015988. Edel F
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015987. Ralph Delv
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015986. Brendan D
    A ridiculous law. Religion has no place in law
  • 09 December 2015985. Stevey C
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015984. Bernardino A
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015983. Finian M
    I support this petition
  • 07 December 2015982. Aideen B
    As an Athetist and as a Parent I am appauld at the decission fo the Irish Governement to inact this law. It infringes on my freedom of speak and it will ultimately dictate the upbringing of my Son.
  • 07 December 2015981. Maria M
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015980. Adam S
    It is ridiculous that the church is allowed to express hatred against (for instance) gay people and not have their religion criticised in return
  • 01 December 2015979. Ryan V
    I support this petition
  • 29 November 2015978. Alan Vazquez
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 2015977. Gemma M
    I support this petition
  • 25 November 2015976. Conor G
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015975. Luke P
    Democracy...Yes. Theocracy...No.
  • 23 November 2015974. Philip Q
    Mocking irrational thought should not be prosecuted but encouraged. If it brings one person to rational thinking the fine is worth it.

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Vickie CallahanBy:
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Irish Government


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