|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.
Blasphemy laws are evidence that man made up god. Surely an all powerful god would not concern itself with the opinions of mere mortals.
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 ass idiot: David W. Cunis
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Note carefully the punishments (a mere 320 years ago)
Gotta love these people.
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 a victimless crime. Who are you really hurting?
Try to imagine a blasphemy law against the Road Runner (Wiley Coyote).
Sounds silly? Show me your Road Runner.
More people when surveyed, discriminate more 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.
It is very important for all atheists to know how cruel the Catholic church is by the way they killed Giordano Bruno. The Vatican has never forgiven him.
Galileo was tried in 1633, inprisoned until his death in 1642. The Vatican forgave him 350 years later in 1992
Indictment statement of Thomas Aikenhead, the last English man executed for blasphemy, in 1697, aged 20.
That ... the prisoner had repeatedly maintained, in conversation, that theology was a rhapsody of ill-invented nonsense, patched up partly of the moral doctrines of philosophers, and partly of poetical fictions and extravagant chimeras: That he ridiculed the holy scriptures, calling the Old Testament Ezra's fables, in profane allusion to Esop's Fables; That he railed on Christ, saying, he had learned magick in Egypt, which enabled him to perform those pranks which were called miracles: That he called the New Testament the history of the imposter Christ; That he said Moses was the better artist and the better politician; and he preferred Muhammad to Christ: That the Holy Scriptures were stuffed with such madness, nonsense, and contradictions, that he admired the stupidity of the world in being so long deluded by them: That he rejected the mystery of the Trinity as unworthy of refutation; and scoffed at the incarnation of Christ.
The First Sunday Law in force in America ( Virginia, 1610 )
Every man and woman shall repair in the morning to the divine service, and sermons preached upon the Sabbath day, and in the afternoon to divine service, and catechizing: upon pain for the first fault to lose their provision and the allowance for the whole week following; for the second to lose the said allowance and also be whipped; and for the third to suffer death.
For the Colony in Virginea Britannia, Lavves, Morall and Martiall, & c. in Peter Force, Tracts Relating to the Colonies in North America 1844, Vol. 3, No. 2, 10.
Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.'
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