|The Inquisition Still Lives|
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven
him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be
----- Luke 12:10
Remember the old days when the Holy Inquisition and Spanish Inquisition were in progress and they used to boil people in oil and torture them? If you think the Inquisition is over and done with, look no further than Massachusetts General Law MGL-272 Section 36 on blasphemy.
Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.
You repeatedly deny the existence of imaginary sky fairies that clearly do not exist and you get repeatedly incarcerated. It's death by incarceration. I have been waiting 61 years for evidence of existence but none has ever been presented across a span of 2,500 years.
Any religion that demands earthly vengeance and retribution for any reason is not a religion at all, but a mental illness and should be treated as such.
Our not too bright state representatives and senators have yet to understand that this law violates the separation of church and state.
Organized religion is as dangerous as ever and the Inquisition still lives.
Then there is the issue of being sworn in.... Massachusetts General Law MGL-233 Section 19
A person believing in any other than the Christian religions may be sworn according to the appropriate ceremonies of his religion. A person not a believer in any religion shall be required to testify truly under the penalties of perjury, and evidence of his disbelief in the existence of God may not be received to affect his credibility as a witness.
These morons could not even properly define a Christian religion. For instance, is God a one-headed God or three-headed. Is there a Pope or no Pope.
I really don't understand how anyone can care about blasphemy. If some random guy I've never met before stopped me on the street and told me "You're ugly!", I'd just walk on by. Why do I care what he thinks? The guy is nobody.
If instead I took his insult seriously, I'd be doing two stupid things. First, I would be showing him that I cared about his opinion. And second, I'd be lending credibility to his authority to make such a claim.
But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Mark 3:29
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. Luke 12:10
The US Constitution's sixth amendment states that the accused has the right to cross-examine the person offended against.
Call God to the stand and have him testify to the offense? Can't do it?
Marian Ryan telling seniors about scams, but not religion
Marian Ryan teaches at Stone Hill College, a catholic college
Blasphemy laws don't exist to protect God: they exist to protect the fragile egos of corrupt clerics.
Big idiot: David W. Cunis
They have the right to preach this, they believe, to everybody else, whether invited or uninvited, often you see them on the street stalls. Distributing leaflets, telling you how good God is. They have the right to preach this, and yet an atheist doesn't have the right to preach his view on God? That he doesn't like God, that he thinks God is, as Stephen Fry said, an utter maniac?
How is it that a religious person can grant themselves the right to preach, while denying the right of an atheist to speak to their own beliefs. So that's point number one. The sheer hypocrisy of this. And it's an embarrassment.
Blasphemy, is that it's a victimless crime. Who are you really hurting?
More people when surveyed, discriminate against atheists in America, than they even do against Muslims and Jews.
If your God truly is omnipotent, omnipresent, all powerful, all knowing, and all everything you can ever think of, then surely, surely the minuscule Stephen Fry, in comparison miniscule to this great God,
Verses that show Death penalty for apostasy and death penalty for blasphemy are embedded in the Quran itself.
Aisha's age when prophet married her and consummated the marriage
The right to heresy, to blasphemy, and to speak against prevalent dogma is as sacred and divine as any act of prayer. If our hard earned liberty, our desire to be irreverent of the old and to question the new, can be reduced to one, basic and indispensable right: it must be the right to free speech. Our freedom to speak represents our freedom to think, our freedom to think our ability to create, innovate and progress. You cannot kill an idea, but you can certainly kill a person for expressing it. For if liberty means anything at all, it is the right to express oneself without being killed for it.
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