Richard Dawkins and Irish Times test Irish blasphemy law

The Irish Times has today published this letter from Richard Dawkins:

Sir, – As a gesture of solidarity with Stephen Fry, I quote a sentence from my book, The God Delusion:

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Every one of these adjectives is amply documented, with full biblical citations, in Dan Barker’s book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction.

I shall be giving a public lecture in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 12th, and I shall therefore be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy.

– Yours, etc,
RICHARD DAWKINS,
New College,
Oxford

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2 Comments

  1. I’m glad someone is pushing this. It’s not enough for the Irish government to abstain from prosecuting while keeping the law on the statute books: they have to be forced to defend that law in the courts. Only by embarrassing the hell out of them will they change the law.

  2. Good for Dawkins. A man who does real atheist advocacy and real humanism unlike our little SJW/A+ ‘friends’ who have, essentially, destroyed the community.

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