Friday Links

This news is about a week old, but here it is anyway: Iceland’s Pirate Party wins repeal of blasphemy law. I’m not sure which is crazier – that the Pirate Party apparently has some legit influence in Iceland, or that Iceland had a blasphemy law in the first place. Before this change, it was a crime to “ridicule or insult” the teachings of a legally recognized religious community, under penalty of fine or imprisonment. Bizarre.

Even more bizarre is the Orwellian response issued by the Catholic Church of Iceland: “Should freedom of expression go so far as to mean that the identity of a person of faith can be freely insulted, then personal freedom – as individuals or groups – is undermined.” One would hope this is not the official position of the Vatican.

Also, SMBC sums up my thoughts on language more perfectly than I ever thought was possible.

Have a resplendent weekend.

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2 responses to “Friday Links

  1. I don’t think the church really gets the whole “freedom of expression” thing. They seem to have the Humpty Dumpty approach.

    Plus, um, something something something Bjork!

    (Trying to come up with something witty and clever, but I’m running out of time before I have to leave for work. 🙂 )

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