From one of (possibly most) my favourite movies of all time:

Stephen: [starts laughing] Him? That can’t be William Wallace. I’m *prettier* than this man!
[to the sky]
Stephen: Alright, Father, I’ll ask him.
[to William]
Stephen: If I risk my neck for you, will I get a chance to kill Englishmen?
Hamish: Is your father a ghost, or do you converse with the Almighty?
Stephen: In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.
[to the sky]
Stephen: Yes, Father!
[to Hamish]
Stephen: The Almight says, “Don’t change the subject, just answer the fuckin’ question.”
Hamish: Mind your tongue.
Campbell: Insane Irish.
Stephen: [draws a dagger on Campbell; everyone draws weapons] Smart enough to get a dagger past your guards, old man.
William Wallace: That’s my friend, Irishman. And the answer to your question is “yes”. You fight for me, you get to kill the English.
Stephen: [grins] Excellent!
[removes his dagger]
Stephen: Stephen is my name. I the most wanted man on my island, except I’m not on my island, of course. More’s the pity.
Hamish: “Your island”? You mean Ireland?
Stephen: Yeah. It’s mine.
Hamish: You’re a madman.
Stephen: [nods and starts laughing, then Hamish does as well] I’ve come to the right place, then.

I love that movie and I love that scene.

The “new Irish blasphemy laws” came info effect today, 1st of January. Blasphemy is now a crime punishable by a €25,000 fine in Ireland. The new law defines blasphemy as publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted.

What fuckery is this I hear you ask? It makes me furious to think that this level of stupidity is getting enforced on other people. I’m not even going to begin to go over the number of reasons (and they are manifold) these new laws are a load of horse shit. I’m just going to mention one:

These laws, effectively make it possible to prosecute the producers and distributors of the movie Braveheart in Ireland. The irony here is that the character who breaks the contrived blasphemy laws is Irish (fighting the English) and the Irish are the good guys, along with the Scots in this movie.

From my perspective: at it’s most basic, every religion should immediately be prosecuted since their mere existence offends the other religions. And if they aren’t offended by the existence of another religion, how can they then be offended by mere words otherwise?

It is fucking ridiculous to the extreme.

If you are a sane and rational person, please follow the next link and help the good people in Ireland that are actually fighting this shit:

http://blasphemy.ie/

http://blasphemy.ie/about-this-website/

The Llama supports any initiative to get rid of this blight upon Ireland and the rest of us.