Next in Irish Voters’ Cross Hairs? A Law Banning Blasphemy

“Such situations are abhorrent to our beliefs as well as values,” Mr. Flanagan said. “By removing of which provision coming from our Constitution, we can send a strong message to the globe of which laws against blasphemy do not reflect Irish values.”

The second clause of which may go before voters in October will be in a part of the Constitution covering the family.

“In particular,” the item says, “the State recognises of which by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common not bad cannot be achieved. The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure of which mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties inside the home.”

Ailbhe Smyth, a veteran feminist campaigner, said of which provision was a relic.

“the item was very patriarchal,” she said. “The problem was, the item never did women any not bad. the item was never used by any government to ensure of which women, or anyone else who stayed inside the home, got any extra support or recognition. the item’s redundant as well as obsolete as well as needs to be placed with all the different relics of which Ireland will be right now getting rid of.”

Irish citizens have, in fact, found repeated occasion in recent years to revisit the social strictures embedded in their Constitution. They have voted to allow divorce as well as same-sex marriage as well as, last month, to remove an abortion ban.

“Things like abortion as well as same-sex marriage as well as blasphemy are seen as religious issues, sectarian issues, as well as there will be right now a desire to remove them coming from the Constitution,” said Dr. Daly, the university lecturer. “the item’s about how we make statements about ourselves as well as express our changing identity.”

Unlike the referendums on divorce, same-sex marriage as well as abortion, the move to decriminalize blasphemy has met with little opposition coming from the Irish Catholic Church or coming from most religious denominations.