Saturday, August 04, 2012


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A Catholic bishop has called for a blasphemy law in Germany, saying all religions deserved legal protection from attack in order to preserve human dignity.

"Those who injure the souls of believers with scorn and derision must be put in their place and in some cases also punished," said Bamberg Archbishop Ludwig Schick on Wednesday.

He said there should be a "Law against the derision of religious values and feelings," the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The paper said that German law only criminalizes attacks on faith if it threatens to create a breach of the peace.
It is, of course, just a coincidence that the Pope recently sued the German satire magazine Titanic over the picture above. At least a spokesman for the bishop said his comments were not linked to the Titanic incident specifically, but were part of a discussion that had been going on for some time.

The magazine was ordered to stop further distribution of the issue but issues already in circulation do not have to be recalled. The magazine is also barred from publishing the image online. Of course, multiple images are on the internet.

By the way, the picture refers to a scandal about the Pope's and his close associates' correspondence being leaked to the media. The front translates as "Hallelujah in the Vatican. The leak has been found." The back reads "Still another leak has been found."

What gets me is calling such things "blasphemy":


1 a: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God b: the act of claiming the attributes of deity

2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable
The Pope is sacred and/or inviolable? We sure as heck know he ain't God. And wouldn't claiming that Pope is sacred and/or inviolable be claiming the attributes of deity for him and be blasphemy under definition 1b?


Dare I say, "Amen"?

-- pew sitter
I would argue that blasphemy laws are a breach of human rights. Their purpose is to prevent offense being given to believers by comments which, in the view of those believers, are disrespectful towards those beliefs. Yet, not surprisingly, none of the most widely-accepted tabulations of human rights include the right not to be offended.

I say "not surprisingly" because, if a believer demands I say nothing he or she finds offensive about their beliefs, I can counter that I find their beliefs - and their attempt to use them to curb my right to freedom of expression - equally offensive and I demand they respect my sense of offense. Down that road lies the silence of the banned.
Let's start a new religion. Under this new religion, the requirements of salvation are that we spend our lives cursing the Pope and the bishops.

Now lets demand that the new religion be protected by the proposed blasphemy law.

Clearly, that Catholic bishop didn't think through his idea.
The Catholic Church blasphemes against Islam whenever it proclaims that Jesus is God.

However, I don't think they need worry. Something tells me that if this law is passed, it will never be used against established religions.
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