Blasphemy Laws Exist in the West

Francesco Magnanelli of Sassuolo looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and US Sassuolo on September 25.
Francesco Magnanelli

And you thought that only ultra-fundamentalist Muslim countries had blasphemy laws.  Think again.

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12 thoughts on “Blasphemy Laws Exist in the West

  1. Wow. The self-proclaimed “wrath” of the (fictious) Almighty God Police—whether in politics, freedom of expression and scrutiny, non-authoritative judgement/jurisdiction, or all sexuality including non-hetero and a woman’s body, or yes… even language on a sporting field—is being chained-up and enslaved.

    If this is allowed, THINK what is next? How we sit on the toilet and for how long? How we shower/bath… nude? Seriously people!? 😲🤬 Whether you agree with it or are repulsed by it, ALL sides of a controversy have to be given due course! DUH! What’s the common cliché/idiom? “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but WORDS will [ultimately] never hurt!” Words won’t hurt in the least unless one is insecure in their ability/skills to critically analyze, i.e. distinguish between emotional, mumbo-jumbo propaganda and FACT. Then lip-service means nothing at all. Period. That certainly includes cussing. LOL

    How so very petty and immature of the Italian Serie A when they and other European Futebol Leagues have serious problems with racial hate and violence among their fans! What hypocrites.

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  2. The article (at link) is not nearly as absurd as the well-overdone comment by Precursor Tattoo…

    There’s no “blasphemy law” involved here at all. This has to do with league rules.

    We do the same in the US.

    “Earl Thomas fined by the NFL for obscene gesture toward Seahawks’ sideline in Arizona”

    “Marshawn Lynch fined $20K for obscene gesture”

    “The New York Jets have fined linebacker Bart Scott $10,000 for an obscene gesture ”

    Yeh, the examples aren’t of “blasphemy”. They’re examples of the league fining a player for doing something offensive.

    And, in Italy, it probably shouldn’t be suprising that it’s considered offensive to say some kind of “God damn” comment.

    Just like it would be offensive here in the US to make some kind of remark about Muhammed.

    It just gets down to respect, that’s all.

    Of course, I don’t expect even nominal respect from most that post on this blog… So, it would probably be a dificult concept for most of you to grasp….

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    1. Here y’go, FT.
      And you can kiss Jesus’s arse for me while you’re at it.

      In Italy, under the article 724 of the Penal Code, blasphemy in public is considered as an “administrative offense” and punished with a fine ranging from €51 to €309. First introduced in 1930 under Mussolini, blasphemy was decriminalized as per art.57, d.lgs. n.507 of 30 December 1999. As per Corte Costituzionale sentence n.440 of 18 October 1995, the law punishes only blasphemy against the “Deity”.[75] Article 404 of the Penal Code also punishes public offenses to religion, and has been invoked against artists using religious imagery in satirical art.[76]

      By end of July 2019, public blasphemy was also made illegal on local level in Italian town Saonara, punishing an alleged blasphemer with fines of €400.[77][78]

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    2. Giving someone the finger is disrespectful to a living human being. Saying “God damn” has nothing to do with disrespecting another human being. It is a blasphemy law pure and simple. It is an insult to an imaginary ghost. It is odd that you can not see the difference.

      A blasphemy law is a law prohibiting blasphemy, where blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

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    1. Yahweh can’t oversee every sin and because he has other things on his mind, namely, problems with his prostate and also hemorrhoids, he decided to put out for tender Blasphemy and Associated Sins.

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