Richard Dawkins challenges Ireland to arrest him for blasphemy after Stephen Fry investigation

Richard Dawkins has challenged Irish police to arrest him for blasphemy after they investigated Stephen Fry for calling God “capricious, mean-minded [and] stupid”.

In an article for The Irish Times, the outspoken atheist and evolutionary biologist said he would “be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy” as he gave a public lecture in Ireland.

“I shall be giving a public lecture in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 12th, and I shall therefore be available for arrest on a charge of blasphemy,” he wrote.

  • Clink9

    Now, just for shits and giggles can he do that in Soddy speaking about mo?

  • “Methinks the lady doth protest too much.”

    The reason these people are so virulently, childishly critical of religion is that they are utterly terrified that any verification of its underlying principles will bring down their own materialistic, narcissistic, self-important constructs.

    Instead of probing what could lie beneath the apparent nonsense – as an open-minded intellect would – they attack the nonsense with all the calm rationality of a rabid dog. I believe zoologists call it Displacement Activity – when an animal is so utterly terrified of a real threat that it pretends it is not there, and furiously attacks an imaginary one nearby, to convince itself, and gullible onlookers, that it is truly powerful.

    • tom_billesley

      There’s an open marketplace of ideas, at least for now and outside of some campuses. Dawkins has engaged in public debate with non-atheists a number of times. I saw no terror in his demeanor. Perhaps he hides it well.

      • Clink9

        Guarantee he’d shit his pants in a muzzle country.

        • Alain

          Or he simply would not dare make the same statements there.

          • bargogx1

            He wouldn’t dare make similar statements about Islam anywhere.

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  • Spatchcocked

    Go ahead ye peat eating cabbage juggling skibereens….I dares ye to collar me….I’ll box yer ears and kick yer slat arsed backsides from Dun Leary to Dingle.
    So I will.

  • Gary

    June 12th is close to the date for last years Jihad slaughter in Orlando by a devout muslim that killed 49 as he praised allah . Obama and the FBI still looking for a motive behind a homophobic quran reading muslim that obeyed the call to kill homosexuals as a favour to allah .

  • Clausewitz

    Let him do the same thing to Muslim authorities. He’d get his wish, and in a spectacularly televised event on youtube. “Will that be explosives, fire, or beheading sir”?

  • bargogx1

    There’s only one way anyone is ever going to be arrested for violating that law, and everyone knows it; but I doubt anyone has the spine to test it.

  • Augustine

    Shame he is so old. I’d give my eye teeth to watch him pull a similar stunt once the Islamisation of Europe has really gotten under way and born its first fruit. His kind have big balls when it comes to picking a fight with mincing and enfeebled European Christianity but they are strangely silent when it comes to dealing with the Islamic approach to crime and punishment concerning blasphemy.
    It does warm my heart to know that his generation have contributed largely to the current climate in the West and that all that bluster about separation of Church and state and freedom of speech et al is coming to an end because of boomer’s voting habits. Shame really that the rest of us have to bite the bullet with them, but then it was always like that, I guess.
    Ah, but they only ever respect that which can kill them with impunity.

  • andycanuck

    So, is he going to say, “F#ck Mo and Allah too”? I wonder.

  • Shebel

    Man. He is so Brave.
    He puts us all to shame.
    For me— You are just an olde Son of a Bitch.

  • Anything for attention, eh, Richard?

  • bargogx1

    I just noticed that the police dropped the investigation against Fry because they couldn’t find enough people who were outraged by his comments! What the hell kind of law is only enforced solely on the amount of people outraged by the offence? What a farce! This just confirms my suspicion that the whole point and purpose of this law is to accomodate and appease you-know-who.