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.