When thinking is made a crime

Thinking Crime When thinking is made a crime

Blasphemy laws are a global scourge even in our era, as a recent report demonstrates. And they have an unfortunately long history. As prehistoric tribes evolved into early civilizations, tribal shamans were succeeded by elaborate priesthoods claiming to represent hundreds of magical gods. Priestcraft became a complex profession and gained enormous power over societies. Temples […]

In defense of blasphemy and Stephen Fry

Screen Shot 2017 05 08 at 2.33.43 PM In defense of blasphemy and Stephen Fry

“Every great idea starts out as blasphemy.” ~Bertrand Russell [Note: since the drafting of this piece, the Irish police have happily announced that the investigation into Stephen Fry’s blasphemy has been dropped.] The British actor, author, and wit, Stephen Fry, was just investigated by the Irish government for blasphemy. The investigation, launched under a 2009 […]