Ireland to Hold Referendum on Blasphemy
Watch what you say. The country, which just agreed via referendum to change its restrictive abortion laws, will now vote on changing an article of Ireland’s Constitution that bans material considered “grossly insulting” to members of any religion. Blasphemy is currently a crime punishable by a $29,000 fine, though recent cases haven’t been prosecuted. The referendum is expected to coincide with a likely presidential election in October, potentially alongside another plebiscite on changing language in the Constitution that prioritizes a woman’s domestic role over any job she may hold outside the home.