I just noticed this ridiculous bit of so-called journalism. Ok, it’s listed as opinion but it’s written by a journalism major. Christ, you think journalism is in bad shape now, if this kid is a glimpse of the future, we’re fucked.
Now you might have noticed that I’m not writings as much these days. That’s due to two things, one being the demands of a new job and the other being rather worn down by the perpetual ignorance and bullshit by the religious. How many times must one address atheism is a religion, atheists have no morals, political prayers, and of course the infamous Stalin, Mao and Hitler crap? Let’s face it, these people believe unwarranted shit, so why should facts matter? Why should pointing out their assertions are incorrect have any consequence when they believe in things which can’t be shown to exist? It just seems like a waste of time, and despite whatever outrage I may have at any given bit of nonsense, expressing that anymore feels like I’m simply yelling in a padded, sound proof cell. It’s even worse when you encounter other seemingly like-minded people and you find out that despite what they profess, they’re in many ways just as bad as the yahoos we’re both supposedly against!
So with that said, I offer you a response I gave to our aspiring journalist. Why did I respond? Who the fuck knows? Maybe I’m avoiding starting the massive mound of work I have before me, or Wyatt is a surrogate for people who will remain nameless who I’d rather be setting straight. Whatever the prompting, here it is, for what it’s worth….
It’s clear you’ve misunderstood the intent of Atheist Ireland. The intent was to both protest Ireland’s blasphemy law as a violation of free speech and to show how completely impractical it is. Fundamentally, the assertions of any one religion are blasphemous to every other. The divinity of Jesus is blasphemous to non-Christians. Christians, Jews and people of other religions find the assertion that Mohammed was a prophet to be blasphemous. And what of multiple gods of the Hindus, the notion of reincarnation, an evil alien named Xenu, or an angel named Moroni revealing the word of the Abrahamic god? Very quickly you can see how impractical the blasphemy law is.
Now as a journalism major, I’m quite shocked at how you’re not up in arms over a law that opposes free speech, and that you could so casually overlook that due to your apparent disdain for atheism. To post something like “[d]espite these quotes being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, we unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them,” and have your only reaction be to say it “is an ideal representation of how corrupt Atheist Ireland and other extremist groups like it are” is nothing short of shocking to me.