Blasphemy law

 

Madam, – Was it not unconstitutional for the Dáil to pass a Bill that protects one specific group of people in this country (religious people) from being grossly abused and insulted – while at the same time failing to provide the same protection for non-religious people? Peculiarly, the passing of this Bill means that the various religions in this country will be permitted willynilly to continue to abuse and insult non-believers from their various pulpits and in their holy writings. In contrast, the Dáil has now taken away the basic human right of freedom of speech in certain areas of discourse from its non-religious citizens. This is the true outrage. – Yours, etc,

IVOR SHORTS,

Rathfarnham,

Dublin 16.