99 convicted for public blasphemy in 2012

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From January to September 2012, the Maltese Courts convicted 99 individuals for public blasphemy.


Ninety-nine individuals were convicted last year by the Maltese Courts for public blasphemy, when compared to the 119 convictions carried out from January to July of the previous year.

The information formed part of the report on human rights practices for 2012, compiled by the US Department of State.

Maltese law prohibits vilification of or giving offense to the Roman Catholic Church, which is also Malta's official religion.

In Malta, it is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.


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      In Malta, it is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.

      What is offensive to atheists? Starting with the big-one morality.

  1. @link – In Malta, it is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.

    “From January to September [2012] there were 99 convictions for public blasphemy, compared with the 119 convictions from January to July 2011,” the report said.

    The article seems to lack detail. Are these convictions for “offending the RCC”, or just for loutish behaviour?

  2. I suppose that God has mellowed a bit over the years as has the RCC. 400 years ago the RCC would have happily burnt blasphemers alive. Before that, according to the Bible, God would have happily smited such dastardly people ! Is the Old Boy running out of energy to flood the world again? Times are bad when He has to rely on Maltese magistrates to do His work for Him !

  3. Without mentioning the penalties incurred by the convicted blasphemers, the article leaves us without any sense of the gravity of all this. Were the offenders of God’s majesty fined or pilloried or whipped or caned or imprisoned or slapped on the wrist with a wet bus-ticket or required to kneel before a statue of the Blessed Virgin and pray all fifteen decades of the rosary? The article appears in a Maltese publication; perhaps the penalty for blasphemy is common knowledge among Maltese. I am assuming that torture and execution are not among the possibilities.

    • In reply to #12 by Cairsley:

      Without mentioning the penalties incurred by the convicted blasphemers, the article leaves us without any sense of the gravity of all this. Were the offenders of God’s majesty fined or pilloried or whipped or caned or imprisoned or slapped on the wrist with a wet bus-ticket or required to kneel before a statue of the Blessed Virgin and pray all fifteen decades of the rosary? The article appears in a Maltese publication; perhaps the penalty for blasphemy is common knowledge among Maltese. I am assuming that torture and execution are not among the possibilities.

      One to six months apparently

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law

  4. These kinds of laws are indeed telling. All they show, is, that religion can’t defend itself on it’s own merits and needs the protection of the law to continue it’s shell game and the flow of money and power.

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