You are probably aware of the Blasphemy law in the Republic of Ireland. It was enacted in 2009, effective at the start of 2010. There haven’t been any prosecutions, and the last time we wrote about it was more than two years ago — see Update on Ireland’s Blasphemy Law.
We weren’t expecting it, but we just discovered this headline in The Guardian, published in London: Ireland votes to oust ‘medieval’ blasphemy law . Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum. The referendum saw 64.85% vote yes to remove the prohibition on blasphemy, with 35.15% in favour of retaining it. A total of 951,650 people voted for the change, with 515,808 opposing the move.
There will undoubtedly be an outcry from theocratic creationists. Maybe they’ll blame it on Darwin. Then The Guardian says:
Until recently, Ireland was deeply conservative, dominated by the Catholic church, but the country has legalised gay marriage and abortion in popular votes, and is now led by an openly gay taoiseach. [openly gay what?]
That’s a new word for us. Apparently it’s the prime minister, chief executive and head of government of Ireland — see Taoiseach. Back to The Guardian, which tells us:
Reflecting the speed of changes in Ireland, the strongest support for ending the ban came from younger voters, exit polls suggested. Four in five voters under 35 backed the change, according to the Irish Times, while over-65s only approved it by a narrow margin, with 52% in favour and 48% against.
There’s more in the news story, but that’s the general idea. And so, dear reader, if you live in Ireland, or you’re planning to visit, it’s once again safe to talk about evolution, the Solar System, and the spherical shape of the Earth.
Now we await the inevitable reaction from the usual creationist websites. That should be fun, so stay tuned to this blog!
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