Eliminate blasphemy from the Constitution.
The people of Ireland in a referendum by an overwhelming majority supported changing the country’s legislation on blasphemy. This is evidenced by the exit polls, reports The Irish Times.
The referendum was intended to remove the reference to blasphemy from the Constitution.
This proposal, according to preliminary data, was supported by 69% of Irish people who came to a referendum, and 31% were in favour of the retention of the provisions on blasphemy.
Young voters predominantly supported the legislative changes, whereas the older are almost evenly divided – 48% voted for the preservation of the constitutional article.
The law on blasphemy was enshrined in the Constitution in 1937.
Part of article 40 of the Constitution of Ireland States: “the Publication or utterance of blasphemy, stealing or indecency is a crime that will be punished in accordance with law.”
In 2009, under the new law, blasphemy was punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros.
The Minister of justice of Ireland, Charlie Flanagan said that the current provision of the Constitution provides legal protection of belief only to Christians.
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