Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

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Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:43 pm

Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/20 ... stitution/
by Catholic News Agency
posted Saturday, 27 Oct 2018


Close to 70 per cent of voters backed the change.Catholic bishops did not put forward a defense of the law, though one Muslim leader spoke in its favor.

In 2015 police investigated the comedian Stephen Fry after he described God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous,” among other denigrating comments, for a show on the state broadcaster RTE.
Police dropped the investigation after deciding an insufficient number of people were outraged.

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:53 pm

The Irish constitution currently states that publishing or uttering "blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence, which shall be punishable in accordance with law," with those found guilty facing a fine of 25,000 euros ( roughly $28,600).


Unlike Ireland's recent constitutional referendums on same-sex marriage in 2015 and liberalising abortion in May 2018, the vote on blasphemy has not inspired strong feelings in the country.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/ ... 26367.html

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:50 am

Pakistan’s Islamist party says judges who acquitted Christian woman ‘deserve death’
Published time: 31 Oct, 2018 08:30
https://on.rt.com/9hlg

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A hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan has called for the death of the country’s Supreme Court judges responsible for overturning the death sentence of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, Reuters reports.

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:14 am

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Protesters are pictured in Lahore, Pakistan, on October 12, 2018, calling for Bibi's death. © AFP / Arif Ali
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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:18 am

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Supporters call for the Christian's release in 2016.© Reuters/ Fayyaz Hussain

She was then shoved and spat at, the autobiography claims. Days later, Bibi was accused of blasphemy. She has denied the charge.
Bibi’s case, the first in which a woman has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy in Pakistan, has drawn widespread condemnation. Pope Benedict XVI was among those who calling for her to be freed in 2010.


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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:28 am

Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row

A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation.
Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.
They were harvesting fruit when a row broke out about a bucket of water. The women said that because she had used a cup, they could no longer touch it, as her faith had made it unclean.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46040515

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:33 am

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46040515

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:41 am

Why is a Christian woman forced to wear 'a religious uniform' in Pakistan?

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Salman Taseer had taken up Asia Bibi's cause and called for reform of the blasphemy laws
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46040515

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Re: Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Post by iskander » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:41 pm

Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman sentenced to death
by Staff Reporter
posted Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010.
Asia Bibi was convicted after being accused of insulting Mohammed during a row with her neighbours over drinking water.
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/20 ... -to-death/

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