# The Spectre of Math

## January 2, 2010

### Irish blasphemy law

Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 4:36 pm

Well apparently according to a new law in Ireland blasphemy is now illegal. Blasphemy is defined as: publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defenses permitted.

To me, that law satisfies blasphemy by its own definition. While not strictly an atheist myself, I would conjecture that simply the fact of making blasphemy illegal, is “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by atheism. Atheism is a religion; an atheist believes in the nonexistence of something, which is just as much an unsupported proposition as other religions. To be religious means that you believe in a fixed number of gods. Atheists believe that this number is 0, Christians believe this number is 1, etc…. Actually Christians also believe 3=1, meaning that Christianity is a mod 2 religion. The only non-religion is agnosticism, which simply doesn’t specify the number of gods in existence. I suppose as an agnostic you also can’t specify, which domain the number of gods exists in. Common sense would suggest that the number of gods is a number in $\{ 0 \} \cup {\mathbb{N}}$, but as we have seen it is also possible that this number is in ${\mathbb{Z}} / 2{\mathbb{Z}}$. I personally think the number of gods is $\sqrt{-1}$.

I am sure now I can’t go to Ireland.