The Defamation Act 2009 (active)
In an interesting return to the Middle Ages, Irish president Mary McAleese recently signed into law the Irish Defamation Act 2009, including clauses that make it illegal to say anything “that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion; and he or she intends, by the publication of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage”.
Outraged human rights activists and atheists vowed to test the law by deliberately releasing blasphemous statements.
The rest of us, meanwhile, should be pleased to hear that in an act of selfless generosity, they did cut the fine for blasphemy from €100,000 to a measly €25,000. Jaysus, sure isn’t that a bargain!
A warning to Australians going abroad, keep your mouth shut and pray a lot....
THEY DON'T MAKE BOXES BIG ENOUGH IN AUSTRALIA