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,
New College,

Richard Dawkins and Irish Times test Irish blasphemy law

2 thoughts on “Richard Dawkins and Irish Times test Irish blasphemy law

  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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