Ireland is about to discover that its life as the archetypal ethostate is incompatible with multiculturalism. Ireland recently enacted a controversial anti-blasphemy law, which defines blasphemy as “publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted.”
Ireland always had a blasphemy provision in its Constitution. Until very recently, this was only presumed to protect Christian beliefs, but the provision was never defined by statute and fell into desuetude. For murky reasons–perhaps fear of a Dutch cartoon scandal–Ireland recently defined blasphemy broadly in a revision of its defamation laws. The neutrality of that law is not entirely surprising. Since 1916, Ireland damaged its ethnic unity through a recent wave of immigration. Ireland’s new residents, especially Muslims, are infamously touchy on matters religious. Furthermore, the Irish, as a religious people who long labored under official persecution, are naturally inclined to respect the religious beliefs of others. Finally, Ireland is under pressure from E.U. overseers to remain neutral and multiculturalist in all things. This nihilistic crap about “everyone being right” is apparently the new defining ethos of Europe.
This new law will be impossible to apply in practice. Here is the problem: what Islam teaches–for example that Jesus is only a prophet–is blasphemy. Jews teach that Jesus is not the Son of God, nor was He the Messiah; this too is blasphemy. Muslims and Jews think that my Roman Catholic beliefs are blasphemy as measured against their own beliefs. In other words, religion itself involves many competing, overlapping, and mutually exclusive claims to the truth, where the core tents of any one religion may reasonably be called blasphemy by another.
When different confessions must exist side by side one another, and one is not clearly the national majority religion, two things must happen. These religions will cease to be vital defining aspects to those communities and their collective life, or those religions will be in endless conflict with one another. The relegation of religion to a private matter is one of the hallmarks of the modern age, and it did bring about a certain peace (at the very least from religious wars) in those lands where it was embraced. But in the process religion has become weak and irrelevant. The Irish nation, formerly defined in many ways by its militant Catholicism, has apparently lost its way in the fog of liberalism in a way that it never did under Protestant persecution.
While some privileging of Catholicism would be wholly appropriate in Ireland, the liberal treatment of religion with legal silence would be preferable to the multiculturalist’s enforced respect of all religions under the rubric of “blasphemy.” In Ireland, I predict absurdities, such as prosecutions against the “blasphemies” inherent in the core doctrines of the Catholic religion. Such a gesture will prove the sincerity and fairness of the Irish regime to the Eurocrats in Brussels, the nascent Muslim community, and other good multiculturalists. A show trial against Catholics will ensure that the real religion of Europe today, that of liberal Indifferentism, will not be offended.
We can only hope such an absurdity, if it comes to past, will rouse the Irish from their slumber so that, once again, they can undertake the work of re-evangelizing Europe starting with their homeland.